The study by Association Santé Environnement France (Asef), found 43% of people close to radio masts complained of hearing problems such as whistling and buzzing in their ears, this compares to national findings of 15%.
The survey of 143 residents of social housing in Aix-en-Provence and Aubagne was undertaken in October, and the buildings in which they lived had between 12 and 14 radio masts on the roofs.
Other findings include 55% of respondents said they had issues sleeping, which compares to around a third of the general population.
While 83% said they felt their condition improved if they spent time away from home, for example on holiday.
Asef said their findings are similar to studies undertaken in Poland, Egypt and Austria.
And Asef was particularly concerned that social housing seemed to be targeted to host radio masts, because it is only required to get permission for installation of the masts from the property owner not individual residents.
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