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

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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…

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