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NHMRC Draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health submission

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15
This submission reflects the views of
Organisation Name: 
Huonlabs Pty Ltd
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Biomedical research institute / organisation
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Questions
Q1. Is the draft Information Paper presented and written in a manner that is easy to understand?: 

Yes

Q2. Does the draft Information Paper clearly outline how the evidence was reviewed and interpreted by NHMRC?: 

Yes

Q3. Is there additional evidence on any health or health-related effects specifically related to distance from wind turbines or exposure to emissions from wind turbines?: 

Emergent evidence.

With regard to your recent call for comment, whilst not directly related, we feel we should bring our recent activities to your attention.

HuonLabs is a private research, development and consultancy company based in Melbourne Australia. Key aspects of HuonLabs work include wave propagation study and modelling tools, human auditory perception for wave divergence (distance) and direction in particular and the design and fabrication of test apparatus. In the past this work has progressed to design and commercialisation of new technologies for sound reproduction and associated formats for capture and distribution.

Of particular note is the work relating to trans-sensory perception and masking that emerged from these advanced studies. This was motivated in part by shortcomings identified in present perceptual models. Of these, the vibro-tactile and aural process sensory and masking interactions have been explored. Results to date using in-house developed test equipment and procedures have identified significant variations in human perceptual awareness from those traditionally used as the benchmark, suggesting the need for revision of human sensory perception thresholds due to previously unrecognised trans-sensory inputs and masking effects. This is an emergent field and an opportune area of study with potentially worldwide influence.

We are now to the point of establishing independent verification and validation studies in anticipation of a new range of integrated sensory test and excitation apparatus for awareness input and control.

At present the scope of works is being defined and the research structures and contributor bodies decided. This work has to date been commercial in confidence and so could not have been brought to the attention of your study group nor its members.

A list of potential contributors can be found in Attachment 1.

Draft scope statements have been prepared. In summary, areas for validation include:

  • Development of new generation sensory perception test apparatus (bio-engineering).
  • Qualification of trans-sensory human perception and masking effects particularly for audiometric and vibrotactile stimuli and other sensory inputs including, but not limited to optical effects, electromagnetic effects and the vestibular system (Physiology, auditory perception, vibrotactile perception, VIII innervation).
  • Investigation of measurement, diagnosis and remediation tools and techniques. This aspect will take advantage of new wide area broadband wave control technologies to combat unwanted noise and vibration. (These technologies were also first developed by HuonLabs in Australia).

We would expect that one outcome from the study would be redefining of human trans-sensory perceptual thresholds and identifying associated masking effects.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed)

Graeme Huon for Trans-sensory Perception (TSP) study group

Q4. Is there additional evidence on the likely level of exposure to emissions produced by wind farms at nearby residences? : 

Emergent evidence.

With regard to your recent call for comment, whilst not directly related, we feel we should bring our recent activities to your attention.

HuonLabs is a private research, development and consultancy company based in Melbourne Australia. Key aspects of HuonLabs work include wave propagation study and modelling tools, human auditory perception for wave divergence (distance) and direction in particular and the design and fabrication of test apparatus. In the past this work has progressed to design and commercialisation of new technologies for sound reproduction and associated formats for capture and distribution.

Of particular note is the work relating to trans-sensory perception and masking that emerged from these advanced studies. This was motivated in part by shortcomings identified in present perceptual models. Of these, the vibro-tactile and aural process sensory and masking interactions have been explored. Results to date using in-house developed test equipment and procedures have identified significant variations in human perceptual awareness from those traditionally used as the benchmark, suggesting the need for revision of human sensory perception thresholds due to previously unrecognised trans-sensory inputs and masking effects. This is an emergent field and an opportune area of study with potentially worldwide influence.

We are now to the point of establishing independent verification and validation studies in anticipation of a new range of integrated sensory test and excitation apparatus for awareness input and control.

At present the scope of works is being defined and the research structures and contributor bodies decided. This work has to date been commercial in confidence and so could not have been brought to the attention of your study group nor its members.

A list of potential contributors can be found in Attachment 1.

Draft scope statements have been prepared. In summary, areas for validation include:

  • Development of new generation sensory perception test apparatus (bio-engineering).
  • Qualification of trans-sensory human perception and masking effects particularly for audiometric and vibrotactile stimuli and other sensory inputs including, but not limited to optical effects, electromagnetic effects and the vestibular system (Physiology, auditory perception, vibrotactile perception, VIII innervation).
  • Investigation of measurement, diagnosis and remediation tools and techniques. This aspect will take advantage of new wide area broadband wave control technologies to combat unwanted noise and vibration. (These technologies were also first developed by HuonLabs in Australia).

We would expect that one outcome from the study would be redefining of human trans-sensory perceptual thresholds and identifying associated masking effects.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed)

Graeme Huon for Trans-sensory Perception (TSP) study group

Q5. Is there additional evidence on whether it is plausible that noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation (of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms) might affect healthy functioning of the human body?: 

Emergent evidence.

With regard to your recent call for comment, whilst not directly related, we feel we should bring our recent activities to your attention.

HuonLabs is a private research, development and consultancy company based in Melbourne Australia. Key aspects of HuonLabs work include wave propagation study and modelling tools, human auditory perception for wave divergence (distance) and direction in particular and the design and fabrication of test apparatus. In the past this work has progressed to design and commercialisation of new technologies for sound reproduction and associated formats for capture and distribution.

Of particular note is the work relating to trans-sensory perception and masking that emerged from these advanced studies. This was motivated in part by shortcomings identified in present perceptual models. Of these, the vibro-tactile and aural process sensory and masking interactions have been explored. Results to date using in-house developed test equipment and procedures have identified significant variations in human perceptual awareness from those traditionally used as the benchmark, suggesting the need for revision of human sensory perception thresholds due to previously unrecognised trans-sensory inputs and masking effects. This is an emergent field and an opportune area of study with potentially worldwide influence.

We are now to the point of establishing independent verification and validation studies in anticipation of a new range of integrated sensory test and excitation apparatus for awareness input and control.

At present the scope of works is being defined and the research structures and contributor bodies decided. This work has to date been commercial in confidence and so could not have been brought to the attention of your study group nor its members.

A list of potential contributors can be found in Attachment 1.

Draft scope statements have been prepared. In summary, areas for validation include:

  • Development of new generation sensory perception test apparatus (bio-engineering).
  • Qualification of trans-sensory human perception and masking effects particularly for audiometric and vibrotactile stimuli and other sensory inputs including, but not limited to optical effects, electromagnetic effects and the vestibular system (Physiology, auditory perception, vibrotactile perception, VIII innervation).
  • Investigation of measurement, diagnosis and remediation tools and techniques. This aspect will take advantage of new wide area broadband wave control technologies to combat unwanted noise and vibration. (These technologies were also first developed by HuonLabs in Australia).

We would expect that one outcome from the study would be redefining of human trans-sensory perceptual thresholds and identifying associated masking effects.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed)

Graeme Huon for Trans-sensory Perception (TSP) study group

Q6. Is there additional evidence of health and health-related effects observed from other sources producing noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms? : 

Emergent evidence.

With regard to your recent call for comment, whilst not directly related, we feel we should bring our recent activities to your attention.

HuonLabs is a private research, development and consultancy company based in Melbourne Australia. Key aspects of HuonLabs work include wave propagation study and modelling tools, human auditory perception for wave divergence (distance) and direction in particular and the design and fabrication of test apparatus. In the past this work has progressed to design and commercialisation of new technologies for sound reproduction and associated formats for capture and distribution.

Of particular note is the work relating to trans-sensory perception and masking that emerged from these advanced studies. This was motivated in part by shortcomings identified in present perceptual models. Of these, the vibro-tactile and aural process sensory and masking interactions have been explored. Results to date using in-house developed test equipment and procedures have identified significant variations in human perceptual awareness from those traditionally used as the benchmark, suggesting the need for revision of human sensory perception thresholds due to previously unrecognised trans-sensory inputs and masking effects. This is an emergent field and an opportune area of study with potentially worldwide influence.

We are now to the point of establishing independent verification and validation studies in anticipation of a new range of integrated sensory test and excitation apparatus for awareness input and control.

At present the scope of works is being defined and the research structures and contributor bodies decided. This work has to date been commercial in confidence and so could not have been brought to the attention of your study group nor its members.

A list of potential contributors can be found in Attachment 1.

Draft scope statements have been prepared. In summary, areas for validation include:

  • Development of new generation sensory perception test apparatus (bio-engineering).
  • Qualification of trans-sensory human perception and masking effects particularly for audiometric and vibrotactile stimuli and other sensory inputs including, but not limited to optical effects, electromagnetic effects and the vestibular system (Physiology, auditory perception, vibrotactile perception, VIII innervation).
  • Investigation of measurement, diagnosis and remediation tools and techniques. This aspect will take advantage of new wide area broadband wave control technologies to combat unwanted noise and vibration. (These technologies were also first developed by HuonLabs in Australia).

We would expect that one outcome from the study would be redefining of human trans-sensory perceptual thresholds and identifying associated masking effects.

Yours sincerely,

(Signed)

Graeme Huon for Trans-sensory Perception (TSP) study group

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