Study on the health status of the residents near military airbases in Pyeongtaek city

Hyunjoo Kim, Sangchul Roh, Ho Jang Kwon, Ki Chung Paik, Moo Yong Rhee, Jae Yun Jeong, Myung Ho Lim, Mi Jin Koo, Chang Hoon Kim, Hae-Young Kim, Jeong Hun Lim, Dong Hyun Kim

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Abstract

Objectives: We conducted an epidemiologic survey to evaluate the effect of the aircraft noise exposure on the health of the residents near the military airbases in Pyeongtaek City. Methods: The evaluation of environmental noise level, questionnaire survey, and health examination were performed for 917 residents. The study population consisted of four groups: subjects who lived in the village close to the fighter airbase (high exposure), subjects who lived along the course of fighters (intermediate exposure), and subjects near a helicopter airbase, and the control group. Results: The prevalence of the aircraft noise related accident and irritable bowel syndrome in the exposure groups were higher than that of the control group. The risks of noise induced hearing loss, hypertension and diabetes mellitus were higher in the exposed groups than in the control group. The prevalence of anxiety disorder and primary insomnia were higher in the exposed groups than in the control group. Prevalence odd ratios of the risk for primary insomnia after adjusting age, sex, agricultural noise, and occupation were 4.03 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.56-10.47] for the subject near the helicopter airbase, 1.23 (95% CI 0.40-3.76) for those intermediately exposed to fighter noise, and 4.99 (95% CI 2.14-11.64) for those highly exposed to fighter noise. Conclusions: The results of the present study suggest that the aircraft noise may have adverse effects on hearing function, cardiovascular health and mental health. Therefore, it seems to be needed to take proper measures including the control of the aircraft noise and the management of the exposed people' s health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-314
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aircraft noise
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Hearing loss
  • Mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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    Kim, H., Roh, S., Kwon, H. J., Paik, K. C., Rhee, M. Y., Jeong, J. Y., Lim, M. H., Koo, M. J., Kim, C. H., Kim, H-Y., Lim, J. H., & Kim, D. H. (2008). Study on the health status of the residents near military airbases in Pyeongtaek city. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 41(5), 307-314. https://doi.org/10.3961/jpmph.2008.41.5.307