Wind farms could cause people living nearby to go deaf, a new study claims.
Excerpts from an article in The Telegraph of Oct. 1st 2014, by Camilla Turner
Living close to wind farms could cause hearing damage
“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.”
“Living close to wind farms may lead to severe hearing damage or even deafness…”
“The physical composition of inner ear was “drastically” altered following exposure to low frequency noise, like that emitted by wind turbines…”
” `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´.
“Wind turbines emit a spectrum of frequencies of noise, which include the low frequency that was used in the research, Dr Drexl explained.
“He said the study `might help to explain some of the symptoms that people who live near wind turbines report, such as sleep disturbance, hearing problems and high blood pressure´.
“Dr Drexl explained how the low frequency noise is not perceived as being “intense or disturbing” simply because most of the time humans cannot hear it.
” `The lower the frequency the you less you can hear it, and if it is very low you can’t hear it at all.
” `People think if you can’t hear it then it is not a problem. But it is entering your inner ear even though it is not entering your consciousness.´ ”
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