Changes make OHare very noisy neighbor for some

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The O’Hare modernization project is expected to generate tens of thousands of jobs.  It will also mean safer landings and take-offs.  However, three weeks after opening a new runway families are saying they’ve had enough.

Although noise levels have dropped in some neighborhoods, places like Schiller Park are feeling it worse than ever.

One family says they knew living close to O’Hare means noise is always an issue but they never expected this.

Ranko Zec started testing noise levels through an application on his phone and found that maximum levels are at times as high as 115 Db.  The average rock concert generates a Db that is about 100.  He called WGN to get some attention to his neighborhood.  We measured similar levels during several visits to his home.

Dr. Alan Micco, who specializes in hearing loss, says “At 110 Db, we don’t recommend more than about a half hour of exposure for continuous. There are some theories that a pulsing of a loud noise can cause some hearing loss.”

Congressman Mike Quigley has been working with families affected by the modernization project.  He wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration asking for a modification to the formula that determines what is considered to much noise in a neighborhood.  He expects to hear back in the next month.

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