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Falmouth, Massachusetts, wind turbine infrasound and low frequency noise measurements  

Author:  | Health, Massachusetts, Noise

[Abstract] Falmouth, Massachusetts has experienced non-predicted adverse acoustic and health impacts from an industrial wind turbine (IWT) sited close to neighbors. The public response from this quiet rural area has been very vocal for a majority of homeowners living within 3000 feet. Complaints have ranged from the unexpectedly loud with constant fluctuations and the nonaudible pressure fluctuations causing a real loss of public health and well-being. Early research indicates that both the IHC and OHC functions of the ear receive stimulation during moderate to strong wind speeds. This research presents a challenge to noise control and health professionals to determine the causal factors for the adverse public health impacts. This case study presents sound level and analyzed measurement data obtained while living in a house 1700 feet from an operating IWT during moderate to strong hub height wind speeds. There was a strong correlation with wind speed, power output and health symptoms.

Presented at Inter-Noise 2012, New York, N.Y., August 19-22

Stephen E. Ambrose, S.E. Ambrose & Associates, 15 Great Falls Road, Windham, ME 04062
Robert W. Rand, Rand Acoustics, 65 Mere Point Road, Brunswick, ME 04011
Carmen M. E. Krogh, 1183 Cormac Road, RR 4, Killaloe, Ontario, Canada K0J 2A0

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