Health Effects Related to Wind Turbine Noise Exposure: A Systematic Review

Tipton County Indiana (east of Kokomo, IN).

This comprehensive review of the literature was published Dec. 4, 2014. The following is part of the “Conclusion” with the entire article here.

“At present it seems reasonable to conclude that noise from wind turbines increases the risk of annoyance and disturbed sleep in exposed subjects in a dose-response relationship. There seems to be a tolerable limit of around LAeq of 35 dB. Logically, accepting higher limits in legislations [sic] may lead to increased numbers of annoyed subjects. It therefore seems reasonable to conclude that a cautious approach is needed when planning future wind farms. Furthermore, there is an indication that noise annoyance and sleep disturbance are related and that disturbed sleep potentially can lead to adverse health effects…” 

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