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Moved here about 3 months ago. Quiet at first, then after a week or so there was an AWFUL humming sound, worse INside than out, variable, almost unbearable at night (ie was awake at 4am with it this morning). I have been trying to work out what it is, but am pretty sure, that it's wind farm noise...Even Though I am approx 5 miles from the nearest windfarm! I can see one from my upstairs window. It may not be this of course, but every single bit of research I've done, would suggest that it is the low frequency hum cause by wind turbines. I've always been a supporter of sustainable energy, but this is HELL. I moved here to get away from noise.... I cannot believe I am now suffering with this.

I need to log down every instance of this hum and want to get an anemometer and humidity meter etc

It is a low frequency hum... it varies (as if sound carried on the wind), some days much worse than others, some days, oh the joy, silence.
I have not yet contacted the local authority, hell, I haven't even finished unpacking yet!

I find the noise particularly hard to deal with as I do not have the ability to 'switch off' from unwanted noise nuisance. It is like having a HUGE Diesel Generator or truck parked near by... It is VERY stressful. I WANT PEACE AND QUIET, that's why I MOVED!!!

I want the noise to shut the **** up! I just want some peace. If it means doing without electricity, so be it! Yes, it is THAT BAD.

Added: 2014/09/13 20:54:46

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