Neighbour impact noise becomes a problem once it reaches excessive levels. Impact noise from footfalls is a quite unique problem as the exposed dwellers feel they are unable to avoid it. This then creates a strong lack of control feeling over their own environment, even though the person upstairs may be carrying out normal living activities.
Impact noise from adjacent dwellings may act indirectly as a catalyst towards detrimental health through a variety of mechanisms. The extent of the effect on health and well-being is dependent on an individual’s sensitivity, health profile, circumstances and perception of, or control over, the noise problem. Non-auditory effects of domestic noise are identified as:
(Quelle: Noise and Health in the Urban Environment [Lärm und Gesundheit im städtischenUmfeld]. Stansfield SA, Haines MM, Brown B(2000) Review of Environmental Health 15 (1-2) 43-82)
Sleep deprivation can result in physiological and psychological effects, which
(Quelle: The Building Performance Centre, Napier University, Edinburgh - 2002)
Activities such as resting and listening to television/radio are the most common noise-disrupted activities and this unwanted noise may cause feelings of anger, depression and fear. Thus, noise transmission between dwellings increases tensions between neighbours and can lead to disputes, at times even physical assaults.