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Auditory Recognition of Familiar and Unfamiliar Subjects with Wind Turbine Noise  

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Abstract – Considering the wide growth of the wind turbine market over the last decade as well as their increasing power size, more and more potential conflicts have arisen in society due to the noise radiated by these plants. Our goal was to determine whether the annoyance caused by wind farms is related to aspects other than noise. To accomplish this, an auditory experiment on the recognition of wind turbine noise was conducted to people with long experience of wind turbine noise exposure and to people with no previous experience to this type of noise source. Our findings demonstrated that the trend of the auditory recognition is the same for the two examined groups, as far as the increase of the distance and the decrease of the values of sound equivalent levels and loudness are concerned. Significant differences between the two groups were observed as the distance increases. People with wind turbine noise experience showed a higher tendency to report false alarms than people without experience.

Luigi Maffei, Massimiliano Masullo, Maria Di Gabriele
Department of Architecture and Industrial Design “L. Vanvitelli”, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Aversa, Italy
Nefta-Eleftheria P. Votsi, John D. Pantis
Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Vincenzo Paolo Senese
Department of Psychology, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Caserta, Italy

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015, 12(4), 4306-4320
doi: 10.3390/ijerph120404306

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