Systemic health effects of noise exposure

Li Yang, Daniel E. Gutierrez, O’neil W. Guthrie

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Noise, any unwanted sound, is pervasive and impacts large populations worldwide. Investigators suggested that noise exposure not only induces auditory damage but also produces various organ system dysfunctions. Although previous reviews primarily focused on noise-induced cardiovascular and cerebral dysfunctions, this narrow focus has unintentionally led the research community to disregard the importance of other vital organs. Indeed, limited studies revealed that noise exposure impacts other organs including the liver, kidneys, pancreas, lung, and gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the aim of this review was to examine the effects of noise on both the extensively studied organs, the brain and heart, but also determine noise impact on other vital organs. The goal was to illustrate a comprehensive understanding of the systemic effects of noise. These systemic effects may guide future clinical research and epidemiological endpoints, emphasizing the importance of considering noise exposure history in diagnosing various systemic diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-54
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Toxicology and Environmental Health - Part B: Critical Reviews
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024


  • Noise exposure
  • auditory organs
  • non-auditory organs
  • systemic effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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