Environmental Noise Study

Simultaneous sleep and acoustic measurements in the natural home setting

This study will be the first direct investigation of real-world wind farms compared to traffic noise effects on gold-standard polysomnography assessments of sleep. The aim is to assess self-reported (subjective) and direct objective measures of sleep quality in people's natural home and noise environment to investigate relationships between noise, sleep disturbances and other factors.

Participation in the in-home study will involve two consecutive night recordings. Research personnel including one trained sleep technician and one sound technician, will visit the participant’s home to set up acoustic recording and sleep monitoring using already established equipment and methods. They will also perform a standard audiology test to assess hearing.
After each night, participants will be asked to rate overall sleep quality and noise relative to usual sleep.
Participants will also be asked to collect five saliva samples. These will be collected immediately upon awakening, over the next 60-minutes and 12-hours after waking. A small sample of hair will also be collected to measure markers of long-term stress. Participants will receive $70 per night reimbursement for their time.

Location of the study
All measurements will be taken in the participants’ homes.

Who is eligible to participate
1. Residents who live in vicinity of wind farms or areas of high traffic noise in South Australia, and are affected by environmental noise.
2. Residents who live in vicinity of wind farms in South Australia, and are not affected by environmental noise.
3. Residents in quiet rural areas.
4. Aged over 18.

Who to contact and by what date
Please contact Dr. Gorica Micic before December 2019.
Ph. 08 8201 2377
Please visit the website for further information: http://www.flinders.edu.au/wind-farm-noise-study/