Environmental Noise

P. Cobo

We live in a noisy environment. Noise is one of the more widespread pollutants, mainly in large cities, and affect to a large percentage of inhabitants, producing adverse effects in the auditory health (hearing loss) and welfare (annoyance). Engines of cars, trains and airplanes, and in general the transportation means, afford noise. The electric power plants, the heating, ventilating and air condition systems produce noise, as well as the construction machinery. Paradoxically, the industrial activity employing a lot of people gives, as a sub product, acoustic pollution. The fundamentals of noise assessment, effects and control, as well as its regulation aspects, are developed in the following book: