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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(4), 4306-4320; doi:10.3390/ijerph120404306

Auditory Recognition of Familiar and Unfamiliar Subjects with Wind Turbine Noise

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Department of Architecture and industrial Design "L.Vanvitelli", Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Via San Lorenzo, 81031 Aversa (CE), Italy
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Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University, U.P. Box 119, Thessaloniki postal code 54124, Greece
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Department of Psychology, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Viale Ellittico 31, 81100 Caserta, Italy
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 10 February 2015 / Revised: 13 March 2015 / Accepted: 20 March 2015 / Published: 17 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sound and Health related Quality of Life)
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Abstract

Considering the wide growth of the wind turbine market over the last decade as well as their increasing power size, more and more potential conflicts have arisen in society due to the noise radiated by these plants. Our goal was to determine whether the annoyance caused by wind farms is related to aspects other than noise. To accomplish this, an auditory experiment on the recognition of wind turbine noise was conducted to people with long experience of wind turbine noise exposure and to people with no previous experience to this type of noise source. Our findings demonstrated that the trend of the auditory recognition is the same for the two examined groups, as far as the increase of the distance and the decrease of the values of sound equivalent levels and loudness are concerned. Significant differences between the two groups were observed as the distance increases. People with wind turbine noise experience showed a higher tendency to report false alarms than people without experience. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind turbine noise; noise detection; familiar noise wind turbine noise; noise detection; familiar noise
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Maffei, L.; Masullo, M.; Gabriele, M.D.; Votsi, N.-E.P.; Pantis, J.D.; Senese, V.P. Auditory Recognition of Familiar and Unfamiliar Subjects with Wind Turbine Noise. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 4306-4320.

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