Wind Turbine Syndrome – all in the mind?

A recent study by the University of Nottingham (reported in the Telegraph) found that the likelihood of suffering so-called “wind turbine syndrome” appears to be more to do with personality traits rather than anything else.

The study found while complaints were often genuinely made, there was actually no link between the amount of measured noise and levels of perceived nuisance or dis-comfort.

Dr Clare Lawrence who headed the study concluded:

“There is certainly no evidence that if you are living near a noise or can hear a noise that it is causing you ill health.”

This seems to agree with our experience that most people who fear turbine noise will affect them badly are generally predisposed against wind power. The power of the mind being as it is… if you decide something is going to be bad – it probably will be.