The effect of low frequency noise on hearing and health.

This I must declare to have an interest in. Since early years I have suffered with hearing deficiency. No, not just when my wife wants someone to do the washing up but a permanent problem that waxes and wains but never goes away. I won’t bore you with the detail and since I eventually succumbed to a hearing aid; one ear simply doesn’t work; my family can sit and watch TV with me without becoming deaf themselves. I found subtitles a godsend. However this refers to research done in the states about the effect of low frequency and infrasound noise on the ear and ultimately on the health of the “patient”. It should be remembered that the Renewables Industry and the Government virtually ignore low frequency sounds from wind turbines denying their existance whilst at the same time not measuring them. They were simply ignored by ETSU and many noise experts bypass them as irrelevant. Low frequency noise has one attribute that they don’t want to hear. It travels long distances and penetrates buildings. Just imagine what would happen to windfarms if this was an accepted feature. 1.5km setbacks would be surplanted by 5 or 10km setbacks and the 550ft setbacks wanted by wind developers and prevalent in such as Aberdeenshire would be totally unacceptable. One might conjecture that the no win, no fee compensation lawyers would have a field day!

  • ·         “The responses of the human ear to low frequency noise are just enormous. Bigger than to anything in the audible range.”
    Audible sound stimulates the inner hair cells on the cochlea (the auditory portion of the inner ear), but LFN triggers the outer hair cells, sending neural signals to the brain. Military special ops departments have known about it for some time.
    Transmission of long wavelength sound creates biophysical effects, nausea, loss of bowels, disorientation, vomiting, potential organ damage or death may occur.”
    Dr Alec Salt, Ph.D, a cochlear physiologist at the Cochlear Fluids Research Laboratory, Department of Otolaryngology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, has studied the topic since the Seventies.

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About Dougal Quixote

Slightly mad. Always believes a cup is half full so continues to tilt at Wind Turbines and the politicians that seem to believe it is their god given right to ruin Scotland for a pot of fool's gold.
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One Response to The effect of low frequency noise on hearing and health.

  1. dave ward says:

    “The Renewables Industry and the Government virtually ignore low frequency sounds from wind turbines denying their existance whilst at the same time not measuring them”

    You might be interested in a post at Bishop Hill regarding this:
    http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/9/18/you-civil-servants-care-for-you.html

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