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Private Research into the Hum

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There have been many private investigations into the Hum. Most of these have not met rudimentary requirements for controlled scientific research. Indeed, numbers of people have taken a priori positions on the source of the Hum, and then directed their efforts to proving that they are correct in those assumptions, even in the face of obvious logical problems with their position. For example, there is a school of thought among hearers that cell phone towers are responsible for not only the Hum, but a sequela of other physical and medical symptoms. When asked how that explains why the Hum started in Britain in the 1970s when there was no widespread use of that technology, the subject is changed, or they retreat to a stubborn position that cherry picks evidence that fits the hypothesis. This generalizes across hypotheses, whether it be microwave towers, the LORAN navigation system, or high voltage electricity lines. Each of those carries logical flaws (Deming, 2004).

It is clear that some individuals performing their own research may be earnest but do not have a grasp of the basic science involved; for example, it is common to see writers who evidently do not understand the differences between sonic and electromagnetic energy, or that the word “frequency” can be used in several contexts. Others do not understand the concept of radio frequency (RF) skin depth, and because they cannot silence the Hum with foil shielding, they incorrectly assume that the source of the Hum cannot be electromagnetic radiation. Their speculations may be interesting, but they do not contribute to a useful research corpus. When scientifically literate individuals such as engineers, sound technicians, and so on, perform their own research, they are often overwhelmed with the multitude of independent variables that may be operating. Very few researchers anywhere in the world can draw upon journeyman or expert knowledge in: electromagnetism and radio theory, atmospheric theory including ionospheric heating and electron precipitation, bioacoustics, neuroscience, geology, and psychology. Therefore a team of experts is required. Such experts work for large universities who receive and give funding for research. As explained above, the Hum is not a priority at all, and therefore such a team of experts will never come together if they expect to get paid for their work.


  1. Reg says:

    K what is up with NO reports fro Russia or China. I have heard the identical irritating “hum” in two separate locations approximately 400 km apart . Funny thing is it seems to change ears depending on the location . One amazing thing is when at the one location somewhat close to a secondary highway the “hum” blends in with most trucks travelling at cruising speed, likely 2500 rpm! I am sensitive to electric and magnetic fields and of course when they are combined. Also noticed batteries drain faster and other electrical devices have issues including short lives. If you respond to this via email the Russia / China thing is disturbing any ideas ????? Thanks

    • tofinosurfer says:

      Excellent question regarding Russia and China. My guess is that the Hum is active in those countries but the language barrier is preventing people fro getting to the map. I would need a native speaker of Russian and/or Mandarin Chinese to translate the Hum Map website (which is a very simple design), in order to reach those countries. John Beaman (the other map administrator) and I have also wondered whether we should be translating the site into Spanish. Feel free to spread knowledge of the Map to speakers of those languages, and have them contact me. Cheers. Glen.

  2. Dean Weitman says:

    There is a low tone hum in the air as I write this from a remote mining exploration camp in North Central British Columbia. With the generator shut down and no other machines in the area for over 100 km (The snow is still too deep to get in here) and the nearest village is ~100km away)

    This is a fly in camp, no cell towers, power lines, pipelines (we’re in the middle of Gods country). Both my partner and I can hear the sound which starts up each year around this time and lasts a month or so. (only 2 of us out here so we have total control of the area)
    Hum gets loud enough to wake us at night. Can hear it in camp or miles away, up or down the mountains. Inside or out. Would be easy to record with the right equipment.

  3. dennis cherry says:

    dean, ive got an experiment for you to try, put your finger in one ear at a time when in bed at nite and see if that helps decrease the resonation of the sound. i found that i could stick a finger in my rite ear and the intensity decreased enough that i could get some sleep. had no effect in the other ear. the sound was intense enought that i swear i could hear it resonating the coil springs in the bed mattress.

  4. Gwenhyfar says:

    I am in southern AZ now and had been bothered by the hum since we moved here about a year ago. But I have not been hearing the hum for several months. Until the last few months I had been bothered by it for about 5 years and have bothered by it in VA, southern NM, and southern CA. Now I’m wondering if other people have stopped hearing it in certain areas as well, I have not gone this long without hearing it since it started affecting me in 2008. ???

  5. BB Daniels says:

    I have something I want to just throw out here…I haven’t seen this mentioned anywhere on ANY discussion of the hum, but it’s something that just occurred to me. Now bear with me, ’cause I’m going somewhere with this.

    Okay…if this hum is indeed VLF and/or ELF waves, and these are being pulsed into the oceans to communicate with submarines, what in Gods name is this doing to marine life that use their own low frequency sounds to hunt, find mates and communicate? Sharks jump to my mind…they zero in on low frequency, choppy noises in the water, noises that are signaling to them that there is prey near by. What is this doing to their ability to hunt? And not just sharks, but Whales….everything…all marine life? Can you imagine what THEY’RE hearing? The devastating effect this could have on them?

    Now I know a lot of marine life is protected; so what if a “bug” was put in the ear of some agency? I’m not even sure who…the World Wildlife Federation, maybe? Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute? Who are these watchdog groups? Who is it that declares certain marine species protected? These are powerful groups and agencies I do know that.

    Would they have the power and money to generate a little heat on those responsible for these VLF ELF waves? Get a little research of their own going? Studies on the effects of this on marine life? Get some mainstream media attention on it? I don’t know quite how to say this, and I don’t want this to come out sounding wrong, but you know how this world is…people can be driven nuts and abused, but don’t upset some starfish somewhere, because all of a sudden you’re going to have 10,000 “Save the Starfish” groups on your neck and a lot of negative press.

    Could this work to help us? (NOT that I don’t care about animals, don’t get me wrong. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool, card carrying animal LOVER) but do you see where I’m going with this? It’s not like there’s a “Save the Hearers” group, but mess with a Whale and you’re in trouble. So if marine life protection groups and agencies would get stirred up, WE might get help by extension. Almost incidentally, you might say.

    Either this is a really dumb avenue of thought or brilliant…I can’t figure out which.

    • I was interviewed by Blink films out of London, and the producer spent a good deal of time focusing and speculating on this issue. I think we should first distinguish, however, between VLF radio energy and low frequency sounds, because the two are completely different. Your larger point is an interesting one, but a big disadvantage is that unlike with climate change, there is no external metric or technique for measuring the Hum or its intensity. It’s bad enough when humans are not taken seriously when they complain about it. And the obvious question from folks will be, “How do you know that other animals can hear it and even if you could prove that they can, how could we know that there is suffering from it”.

      It is a good strategy, however, in my view.

  6. Evo lution says:

    I know there are other factors involved but could this have something to do with the honey bee and frog problem ?

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