Stress and odor sensitivity in persons with noise sensitivity
2013 (English)In: Noise & Health, ISSN 1463-1741, E-ISSN 1998-4030, Vol. 15, no 64, 173-177 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous research has indicated that sensory sensitivity/intolerance to a specific modality may be part of a more general environmental hypersensitivity, and possibly mediated by stress. This study investigated the relationship between noise sensitivity, perceived stress, and odor sensitivity in a group of men. A quasi-experimental design was used. One-hundred and thirty-four male undergraduate students completed Weinsteins noise sensitivity scale from which a low-sensitivity group (n = 16) and a high-sensitivity (n = 16) group were formed. These two groups were screened for loss in auditory and olfactory detection sensitivity, and completed the perceived stress questionnaire (PSQ) and the chemical sensitivity scale (CSS). One-way analysis of variance and Spearman correlational analyses were performed. Significantly higher scores on the PSQ (P < 0.05) and the CSS (P < 0.05) were found in the high noise-sensitivity group compared to the low noise-sensitivity group. These findings raise the question of whether the relation between noise and odor sensitivity reflects a general environmental sensitivity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 15, no 64, 173-177 p.
Chemical sensitivity, environmental annoyance, hypersensitivity, olfaction, sound
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-76812DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.112366ISI: 000320063000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-76812DiVA: diva2:637075