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Pilot study into wind farm noise has identified a special noise signature that could give new insights for medical research

Wind turbine study finds possible correlation between noise and residents’ complaints, researcher says

Jessica Tapp — ABC (Australia) — January 21, 2015

A pilot study into wind farm noise and residents’ reactions to it has identified a special noise signature that could give new insights for medical research, the study’s lead author says.

Researchers, commissioned by Pacific Hydro, took sound measurements near the company’s Cape Bridgewater wind farm, in south-west Victoria, which has been operating for six years.

Six people living in three nearby houses had complained about headaches, ringing ears and chest pressure they said was caused by the 29 turbines.

Acoustic engineer Steven Cooper said the study conducted noise measurements of both audible sounds and infrasound, using special microphones, amplifiers and detection equipment.

“This was conducted at three houses for a period of eight weeks, one house had an extensive array of microphones and vibration detectors both inside and outside the house,” Mr Cooper said.

He said the study, which had unprecedented access to the wind turbines, discovered noise patterns that had not been previously accounted for, which could help future medical research into residents’ issues.  Continue reading here….

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2 Comments on “Pilot study into wind farm noise has identified a special noise signature that could give new insights for medical research”

  1. ashbee2 January 21, 2015 at 6:07 am #

    Reblogged this on Global Wind Energy — The Human Impact.

  2. Mike Jankowski January 21, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    They do not state much about the signature, but I’ve just completed my submission fro the NRWC ERT and I’ve recognized a signature (I actually used that word) in Vestas V100b turbines 4.7km from our home – I’ve known this for the past 4 months and actually heard/felt this noise/vibration for the last 4 hours. Why is this just being noticed now? At least one pro-wind organization is making honest efforts.

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