Investigation of Road-Traffic Noise and Annoyance in Beijing: A Cross-Sectional Study of 4th Ring Road

Hui-Juan Li, Wen-Bo Yu, Jing-Qiao Lu, Lin Zeng, Nan Li, Yi-Ming Zhao
2008 Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health  
The aim of this study was to evaluate traffic noise level and noise annoyance in Beijing and the impact of the noise on quality of life of the residents. A cross-sectional study had been carried out in a 12-floor college dormitory near 4th Ring Road in Beijing. The north-side rooms of the building were noisy with windows facing the road. Both indoor and outdoor noise was measured. A sample of 1293 college students living in the dormitory were questioned about their response of road traffic
more » ... annoyance using both a five-item verbal scale and a 0-11 numerical scale. The results showed that average outdoor day-night noise level (L dn ) in the noisy rooms was 79.2 dB(A), and 64.0 dB(A) in the quiet rooms. Nearly 39 % respondents living in the noisy rooms indicated that they were highly annoyed by traffic noise according to the response on the verbal scale, and 50 % respondents living in the noisy rooms were highly annoyed according to the numerical scale.
doi:10.3200/aeoh.63.1.27-33 pmid:18479995 fatcat:asmchkbsrrgbbjmmq4nyuiub3q