A Northcote woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes the smart meter installed on the front of her home has caused her to suffer tinnitus.
She says her pleas to an electricity provider to get rid of the smart meter she’s blaming for her tinnitus are falling on deaf ears.
She is calling for residents to have access to an opt-out clause similar to Holland and the UK where people can refuse similar technology.
She said she started getting tinnitus – a condition that causes ringing in the ears – after moving into her house, which has a smart meter installed next to her bedroom.
“I’m just exhausted because I can’t get any sleep with the constant ringing in my ears – sometimes it’s so bad I feel as if my head’s going to explode,” she said.
“Even when I sleep in another room in the house, I still get the ringing but it’s not quite as bad.” She said when she stayed at friends’ houses where there were no smart meters, the problem went away.
She said a doctor had diagnosed tinnitus and given her a letter of support in a bid to get CitiPower to remove the meter. But despite several requests, the company has refused to remove it and reinstall an analog system.