Can Aircraft Noise Greater Than or Equal to 115 to dBA Adversely Affect Reproductive Outcome in USAF Women
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB United States
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It has been suggested, mainly through animal studies, that exposure to high noise levels may be associated with lower birth weight, reduced gestational length and other adverse reproductive outcomes. Few studies have been done on humans to show this association. The Air Force employs pregnant women in areas where there is a high potential for exposure to high noise levels. This study proposes a method to determine if there is an association between high frequency noise levels or 115 dBA and adverse reproductive outcomes through a review of records and self-administered questionnaires in a case-comparison design. Prevalence rates will be calculated and a multiple logistic regression analysis computed for the independent variables that can affect reproduction.