Health Concerns

The true impact on a community’s overall health and well-being when it’s surrounded by utility-scale wind turbines has yet to be properly assessed in a truly unbiased manner. Some studies maintain that there are no ill effects whatsoever; others have found numerous health issues that start to arise in people and animals when an industrial wind turbine complex is erected in their town.

For those who are affected by turbine noise, flicker and vibration, there is a common set of symptoms that doctors have begun to call Wind Turbine Syndrome. Generally, the symptoms begin when the turbines start spinning, and they go away when people either leave the area or the turbines are shut off. For some, the illness is so profound that they have found themselves forced to abandon their homes. The symptoms of Wind Turbine Syndrome can include:

  • Interruption of sleep
  • Headache
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)
  • Ear pressure
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Panic attacks

Wind Turbine Syndrome affects children and adults; older adults are particularly vulnerable. Children can also start exhibiting symptoms similar to ADHD. Those who already suffer from migraines, motion sickness or who have already sustained inner ear damage are more susceptible as well. However, individuals with pre-existing anxiety or panic disorders, or those who suffer from depression, are not more likely to fall prey to Wind Turbine Syndrome.

You’ll find more information on Wind Turbine Syndrome and other turbine-related health issues here:

Nina Pierpont, M.D., Ph.D., is a leading expert in Wind Turbine Syndrome. She’s even written a book on the subject.

Audiology Today recently published an extensive article about wind turbine noise.

Here’s a report from the UK Noise Association about the health effects of wind turbine noise.