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Sound Environment and Health

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The research that we conduct within our researchgroup is aimed at generating and disseminating knowledge about sound environment and its effect on human health, welfare and quality of life. How are people effected by different types of sound / noise in different environments, such as housing-, labour-, school/preschool-environments, and how can good soundscapes be created and what effects have different noise measures?

Our vision is that people are entitled to a sound environment conducive to good health and quality of life


From the left: Kerstin Persson Waye (research group leader), Mikael Ögren, Jeong-Lim Kim and Sofie Fredriksson. Not in photo: Laith Hussain, Julia Winroth and Shu Shan.

The Sound Environment Laboratory

The new-built laboratory (finished 2006) is equipped with modern sound environment facilities and has very low background levels (LAeq 13 dB). This allows for studies of effects at low and moderate sound levels under well controlled conditions. The large exposure room with daylight can be used to simulate different environments (e.g., a courtyard, a living room) and three smaller rooms to simulate office settings or bedrooms. There is also a “home-like apartment" with separate entrance, a hall, two toilets (one with shower), a living room and a kitchen, in which the persons involved in different sleep studies can cook, watch TV or just relax.


Research on effects of noise has been ongoing at the department of Occupational and Environmental medicine since 1975. Earlier the focus was primarily on road traffic noise and noise annoyance and skeep disturbance.

Later on the research has included other noise sources such as low frequency noise, wind turbine noise and also positive health effects from positive soundscapes.








Research group leader
Kerstin Persson Waye, Professor
Jeong-Lim Kim
Epidemiologist, PhD

Julia Winroth
Akustiker, Tekn dr

Laith Hussain
Epidemiologist, statistician, PhD

Mikael Ögren
Acoustician, PhD

Sofie Fredriksson
Audiologist, PhD

Shu Shan
visiting PhD candidate

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