Airplane noise may be limiting life expectancy for northeast Queens residents, according to a new study. // Stock photo

Noisy LGA Routes May Actually Lower Life Expectancy

Residents of northeast Queens just found out that the noisy planes they have complained about for years aren’t just affecting their quality of life — they may also limit their life expectancy, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health examined the impact of noise on health as well as the economic benefits of more efficient plane routes. They found that prolonged exposure to loud sounds could increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and anxiety and trim a whole year off a person’s life. They published their report, which used routes out of LaGuardia Airport as a case study, on Aug. 15.

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