Australian Woman Made Over Half of Nation’s Flight Noise Complaints

A single person in Perth, Western Australia, is causing quite a stir by voicing their displeasure with the sound of airplanes. 

Of the 51,000 noise complaints lodged against airplanes in Australia, 21,000 of them were made by just one woman. 

According to data given by Airservices Australia, the entity responsible for monitoring air traffic in Australia, the anonymous Perth homeowner lodged 20,716 complaints about the sound of overflying planes last year.

A complainant from the Brisbane area came in second place with 4,071 complaints.

This information is being submitted to the Australian Senate as part of an investigation into the effects of airplane noise on urban and suburban areas.

Adverse health effects may result from noise pollution caused by aircraft routes.

Nearby people may incur costs due to airplane noise, according to research done at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The study cited medical care costs and lost productivity as the reasons for this financial impact.

As per the World Health Organization, noise is second only to air pollution in terms of environmental hazards that cause health concerns. It has been associated with a host of health problems, including inability to sleep, difficulty focusing, and even dementia, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.

Researchers looked at the effects of noise and air pollution on mental health outcomes, such as anxiety, depression, and psychotic episodes, in people between the ages of 13 and 24 in a study that was just published in JAMA Network Open.

According to the results, there is a correlation between prenatal and childhood exposure to PM2.5 and an increased risk of depression and psychotic episodes.

Anxiety levels were also shown to be greater among children and adolescents whose homes were subject to higher levels of noise pollution. 

Researchers found that over 30 years, those living in close proximity to the airport will incur $800 million in medical expenses due to noise pollution.