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October 16, 1967

Medical Consequences of Environmental Home Noises

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, the University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute.

JAMA. 1967;202(3):171-174. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130160045006

An examination of the home for sources of sound which may be of medical significance reveals by measurement of sound levels in actual homes that many home devices operate at surprisingly high levels of sound intensities. Operation of these devices results in intrusive and unwanted sound perception by the individual. Effects of intrusive sound may be deleterious to health, particularly for individuals with emotional disturbances and so-called tension diseases. A need exists to define the harmful potential of home noise disturbances and for physicians to become aware of noise as an adjunct in provoking manifest disease.