The Great Noise Debate

towers of turbinesAudiologist’s are among allied health care providers that are seeing increasing numbers of patients seeking assessment for a range of symptoms that can include migraines, vertigo, tinnitus,and sleep deprivation in response to exposure of wind turbine sound.   The following article while slanted in favour of wind energy also demonstrates the widening cracks in the veneer of the wind industry’s posturing that all is well for the health of those who live near the turbines.

Articles about Visceral Vibratory Vestibular Disturbance (WVD), Vibroacoustic Disease, and Wind Turbine Syndrome are appearing in books, newspapers, and on websites with increasing frequency. While the effects of intense noise in the range that we can hear are becoming more widely recognized and publicized, physicians and researchers are now concerned that infrasound – sounds that are in the frequency range too low for the human ear to hear – are the cause of these symptoms. They theorize that the low-frequency sounds and vibrations emitted by wind turbines may interfere with the ear’s vestibular system, which controls our sense of balance, or may affect heart and lung tissues.

By Andrea Graham
Audiologist, M.Sc. (C) Reg. CASLPO
Heritage Hearing Care


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