Noise raises blood pressure without impairing auditory sensitivity

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Science  27 Mar 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4489, pp. 1450-1452
DOI: 10.1126/science.7466404


Two rhesus monkeys, exposed continuously to realistic patterns and levels of noise for 9 months, exhibited sustained elevations in blood pressure that did not return to baseline values after the noise ended. Auditory brainstem responses, measured before and after exposure, indicated no change in auditory sensitivity.