Noise and health

Opinion surveys show that the French place increasing value on the right to peace and quiet in daily life. However, the consequences of noise pollution on health are not always a main concern.  Noise is more readily perceived as an inconvenience, a nuisance, or as environmental pollution than as a real risk to health. In fact, noise does not elicit the same level of concern as the other environmental nuisances or risks because it does not negatively affect the basic elements of life - air and water - and especially because there are rarely any immediate negative effects of noise on health. See the Agency’s work in this area.