Royal Society warns of possible danger posed by low frequency noise from wind turbines

Wind turbine noiseThe Telegraph
Living close to wind farms may lead to severe hearing damage or even deafness, according to new research which warns of the possible danger posed by low frequency noise.  The physical composition of inner ear was “drastically” altered following exposure to low frequency noise, like that emitted by wind turbines, a study has found.  The research will delight critics of wind farms, who have long complained of their detrimental effects on the health of those who live nearby.

Published today by the Royal Society in their new journal Open Science, the research was carried out by a team of scientists from the University of Munich.  It relies on a study of 21 healthy men and women aged between 18 and 28 years. After being exposed to low frequency sound, scientists detected changes in the type of sound being emitted from the inner ear of 17 out of the 21 participants. The changes were detected in a part of the ear called the cochlear, a spiral shaped cavity which essential for hearing and balance.

“We explored a very curious phenomenon of the human ear: the faint sounds which a healthy human ear constantly emits,” said Dr Marcus Drexl, one of the authors of the report. “These are like a very faint constant whistling that comes out of your ear as a by-product of the hearing process. We used these as an indication of how processes in the inner ear change.” Dr Drexl and his team measured these naturally emitted sounds before and after exposure to 90 seconds of low frequency sound.

“Usually the sound emitted from the ear stays at the same frequency,” he said. “But the interesting thing was that after exposure, these sounds changed very drastically.  “They started to oscillate slowly over a couple of minutes. This can be interpreted as a change of the mechanisms in the inner ear, produced by the low frequency sounds.  “This could be a first indication that damage might be done to the inner ear.

“We don’t know what happens if you are exposed for longer periods of time, [for example] if you live next to a wind turbine and listen to these sounds for months of years.” Read article

10 thoughts on “Royal Society warns of possible danger posed by low frequency noise from wind turbines

  1. “The research will delight critics of wind farms, who have long complained of their detrimental effects on the health of those who live nearby.”

    Critics of wind farms aren’t “delighted”, you cretin , WE ARE ENRAGED!

    • YUP as if anything published by an elitist establishment group funded by the government (royal society) is going to further the cause of the unwashed to the detriment of the elite club members….

      “””The researchers acknowledge that their findings don’t prove that low frequency sounds cause permanent hearing loss or offer any hint of what long term exposure might mean for hearing or health in general, but they do note that what they’ve found does offer some evidence that we might be causing damage to ourselves without even knowing it.”””

      SAME. SAME. move along. nothing to see here.

  2. The research keeps validating the conclusion that industrial wind turbines are detrimental to human health if placed too close to where we live, work and play.
    The Ontario provincial government engaged in the industrial wind turbine initiative without a business plan to examine the economic aspects of IWT’s. The Ministry of Health clngs to a subjective statement about “no direct effects” – a conclusion drawn from a literature review, conveniently allowing for the indirect health effects caused by industrial wind turbines. Should have done the research!

  3. Airing NOW Dale Goldhawk AM 740 with Wainfleet Alderman re: industrial wind turbines
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    866-740-4740

  4. Once information like this is obtained where would you get volunteers for long term research? Who wants to become deaf? Maybe those who have signed IWT leases?

    Animal hearing would be the only other choice and how long would this take is anyone’s guess?

  5. For those residents/landowners living too close to their neighbour’s wind turbines in municipalities where projects have already been approved, and are being constructed and will be turned on at some point, it is crucial that upon incurring expenses to safe guard your family, you keep account of all such expenditures. Also keep records of all health care costs and medical records of all signs of adverse health effects.
    Ultimately, class action lawsuits against the wind companies will bring justice to victims.
    We must demand zero tolerance for victims of this ‘green agenda’/ industrial wind turbine debacle.

  6. If you have never been in a house that is near a turbine!!!!! – it is like Chinese Water Torture!!!

    STOP THE WIND TURIBNES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. This is certainly not a surprise given how the infra sound and sudden air pressure changes collapse the lungs of our precious bats. The long-term effects on delicate human respiratory tissues is likely very damaging.

  8. Watch the documentary DOWNWIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    STOP THE WIND TURBINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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