Annoyance by noise is a response to auditory experience. Annoyance has its base in the unpleasant nature of some sounds, in the activities that are disturbed or disrupted by noise, in the physiological reactions to noise, and in the responses to the meaning of the messages carried by the noise. For example, a sound heard at night can be more annoying than one heard by day, just as one that fluctuates can be more annoying than one that does not. A sound that resembles another unpleasant sound and is perhaps threatening can be especially annoying. A sound that is mindlessly inflicted and will not be removed soon can be more annoying than one that is temporarily and regretfully inflicted. A sound, the source of which is visible, can be more annoying than one with an invisible source. A sound that is new can be less annoying. A sound that is locally a political issue can have a particularly high or low annoyance.
The degree of annoyance and whether that annoyance leads to complaints, product rejection, or action against an existing or anticipated noise source depend upon many
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