• Sustainable Acoustics

Noisy Roads Linked to Dementia

Updated: Jul 31, 2018

According to The Guardian, on Thursday 5th January 2017, people living near a busy road have an increased risk of dementia.  Research undertaken in Canada, shows that roughly one in 10 cases of Alzheimer’s in urban areas could be associated with living amid heavy, noisy traffic.  


Hong Chen, the scientist who led the work at Public Health Ontario, said: “Increasing population growth and urbanisation has placed many people close to heavy traffic, and with widespread exposure to traffic noise and growing rates of dementia, even a modest effect from near-road exposure could pose a large public health burden.”


More evidence to help us with our quest for using acoustics to create natural soundscapes when building large housing developments, that impact positively on well-being and connect people with their environment.


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