Learning from evidence of sound experienced from wind turbines


  • William K. G. Palmer TRI-LEA-EM, RR 5, 76 Sideroad 33-34 Saugeen, Paisley, ON N0G 2N0, Canada


Physiological models, Wind power, Adverse health effects, Infrasound, Inner ear, International meetings, Low-frequency sounds, Outer hair cell, Seattle, Sleep disturbances, Sound sample, Wind power development, Wind turbine noise


The article identifies key findings related to the subject of sound of wind turbines identified by others at the Fourth International Meeting on Wind Turbine Noise held in Rome in April 2011, and the 161st Meeting of the American Acoustical Society, in Seattle, in May 2011. Salt presented a physiological link between the response of the ear to low frequency sound unrelated to audibility. Specifically, the response of the outer hair cells of the ear and the response of the fluid in the inner ear to infrasound may be enhanced. Digitized sound samples were recorded at 6 nearby sites in the environment of a wind power development during all seasons of the year. The method is explained in detail and detailed results are presented in the reference. The link between annoyance and sleep disturbance is known. The link between sleep disturbance and adverse health effects is well established.



How to Cite

Palmer WKG. Learning from evidence of sound experienced from wind turbines. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2011Sep.1 [cited 2021Apr.17];39(3):88-9. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2424



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