Risk of Non-Auditory Health Effects Associated with Noise


Principal Investigator: Eva Andersson (University of Gothenburg)

Co-investigator: Rick Neitzel

Source of Funding: AFA and University of Gothenburg

Description: There are an increasing number of studies which indicate that exposure to noise may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Shift work is also a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as is exposure to pulp and paper dust. This study is investigating the relationships between noise exposure, dust exposure, shift work, and cardiovascular disease in a cohort of more than 8,000 soft tissue mill workers in Sweden. The results of this study may help explain the roles of each of these exposures in the development of cardiovascular disease, which is one of the top causes of mortality in developed nations.