New study supports Pierpont's research
Feb 10, 2009
In an article titled “Tuning and sensitivity of the human vestibular system to low-frequency vibration,”1 three British scientists have demonstrated that the inner ear is “extremely sensitive” to extremely low levels of low frequency noise, indeed “approaching the seismic sensitivity of the frog ear.” They go on to wonder about the “behavioral consequences” of such sensitivity—a degree of sensitivity, they make clear, that is found even in normal human subjects.
This is precisely what Nina Pierpont has been talking about. This new research offers substantial support for her claim that a perturbed vestibular apparatus is one of the keys to explaining Wind Turbine Syndrome.
“Mechanoreceptive hair-cells of the vertebrate inner ear have a remarkable sensitivity to displacement, whether excited by sound, whole-body acceleration or substrate-borne vibration….In this article we demonstrate for the first time that the human vestibular system [inner ear] is … extremely sensitive to low-frequency and infrasound vibrations.” “Human [inner ear] receptor sensitivity is probably … approaching the seismic sensitivity of the frog ear” (emphasis added, Abstract).
“The very low [noise] thresholds we found are remarkable as they suggest that humans possess a frog- or fish-like sensory mechanism which appears to exceed the cochlea for detection of substrate-borne low-frequency vibration and which until now has not been properly recognised…. A fundamental question is also raised as to the possible behavioral consequences … such a mechanism may have” (p. 41).
Click here for the full abstract. (Unfortunately, copyright laws prevent us from posting the entire report.)
1 Neil P. McAngus Todd, Sally M. Rosengren, James G. Colebatch, “Tuning and sensitivity of the human vestibular system to low-frequency vibration,” Neuroscience Letters 444 (2008):36-41.