Airplane Noise

Airplane Noise is a challenge that is affecting millions of homeowners around the country.  Noise from aircraft is a growing problem, affecting an increasing number of homes as airports in major metropolitan areas are expanding due to increased demand for air travel. Excessive noise has been linked to numerous health problems, including hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance, stress and sleep disturbance.

Economic analyses have also determined a direct correlation between noise levels and property values of homes in the vicinity of airports. To address these issues, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established a program (Part 150 of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979), which enables airport operators to reimburse for the construction of noise barriers and/or sound insulation treatments for homes, schools and places of worship that are adversely affected by airplane noise. So, soundproofing your home for airplane noise is getting financial support from the FAA to pay for it. Check with your local airport to find out if your community qualifies for government subsidies for soundproofing.

Airplane noise is rich in low frequency sound (depending on the type of aircraft and the distance between the flight line and hoe. This is due in part to the fact that the atmosphere tends to absorb high frequency noise to a greater extent than low frequency noise. As a result, low frequency noise appears to travel farther and spread wider than high frequency noise. Low frequency noise poses special problems for soundproofing your home and is generally more difficult to attenuate than high frequency noise. You can see why soundproofing your home for airplane noise is a multifaceted challenge. There are various paths in which airplane noise can enter your home and disturb your peace and quiet. Sonic-Shield acoustical engineers have examined these noise transmission paths and can offer or recommend soundproofing materials and products to effectively reduce this noise. An examination of the various noise transmission paths and potential solutions is provided in our Resource Center on our page entitled Soundproofing your home for airplane noise.