Vulnerable Groups

Numerous population subgroups have been identified as vulnerable to the effects of exposure to excessive audible noise, as well as infrasound and low frequency noise (ILFN).

Summary of vulnerable groups

  • People with pre-existing:
    • inner ear pathology
    • motion sickness
    • migraines
    • autism spectum disorders
  • Children
  • The elderly

Evidence of vulnerable groups

Dr Nina Pierpoint identified people who had pre-existing inner ear pathology, motion sickness, and migraines as individuals who seemed to be particularly predisposed to developing the symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome. Dr Pierpont also noted that children and the elderly were vulnerable.

Professor Arline Bronzaft is a world renowned researcher into the adverse effects of noise on children, and she has reiterated her concerns about the impact on children from the wind turbine noise.

Acousticians and others have identified that individuals with autism spectrum disorders can become particularly adversely affected by the intrusive nature of the sound and the visual impact of wind turbines turning. Dr Chris Hanning, retired sleep physician from Leicester is one who is familiar with the problems experienced by those with autism.