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An article in a widely-read German journal generated many new reports from Western Europe. As always, I’m surprised by the density of reports in England (but not Ireland). Note the new reports from South America and Asia.

Also note there continues to be a large potential quiet zone in the Canadian Prairies and American Northern Plains. Consider that there are fewer than half a dozen Hum reports from the more than one million people living in the three largest Canadian prairie cities.

Let me know if you see anything on the Map that warrants my attention.

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19 Comments

  1. Interesting. I think I can cynically but adequately summarize the letter by writing, “There is apparently a widely experienced Hum whose source is not known, but we’re not interested in that, and since we don’t think sufficient numbers of people are suffering, we’re not going to do anything about it. Oh, and here are some instructions for complaining to other people about it”.

    • Lamentable lack of knowledge and interest in the highest regions in The Netherlands
      Director General for the environment and international; Ministry of infrastructure and the environment;
      In response to a letter from a victim of low-frequency noise, june 2014:

      “Complaints like yours caused by not measuring levels in medical science are called “HUM”, after human.

      Also abroad there is much research been done. According to health experts is there in these cases only one possibility and that is an individual supervision part by specialists.

      I recommend you to consider such a trajectory. The health service (GGD) of your town/region can be a good entry. “

  2. Kevin Grey says:

    It would have been helpful to have a link in the post to the map

  3. Brigitet says:

    Dear Mr MacPherson, Thank you so much for your research on the hum! I tried twice to report my data but somehow they don’t show up in the database. I live in Germany in a rather rural environment and have been hearing the hum for almost two years now, recently unfortunately also during daytime. I work in a big city that is located about 30 km from my hometown and also there I here the hum. I was on a journey high up in the mountains in northeastern Turkey near the Georgian border. In this very small village without any traffic, factories etc. I heard the hum a few days after my arrvial, also outside. Kind regards, Brig

  4. OJ says:

    Interesting to read about Canadian prairies being a potential quite zone. I live in that area and have definitely heard the hum. Source unknown at this time. I think if it was in the news over here you would get a spike in reports.

    • I find it odd that a smaller place, such as Ranchlands, Alberta, would get widespread CBC coverage, but nothing east of there or west of the Manitoba-Ontario border (or indeed Windsor itself). I need somebody to write letters to local or community papers in Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon explaining the Hum and asking for people to report in at http://www.thehum.info. Cheers, Glen.

  5. Steve says:

    I am not finding a way to post my comment here…………..The frequency of HUM 20014-2015 is greater than ever before…for me…1996……It is now beginning to drive me nuts!….and I am used to it…or was!

  6. Steve says:

    February 10, 2015……You people here @ HUM seem to have hearing problems..’within’…….Your web-site is anti-help….or anti hum people report…and so I wonder!…

  7. Cezanne says:

    Exactly how does one find the “map”? I am in Southern California and have been hearing the hum since 2012.

  8. Cezanne says:

    Thanks! 🙂

  9. I have noticed that this hum has become more frequent and annoying over the first two months of

    the year. Not only do I hear it in my own home, but in the home of relatives who live approx. 35 miles away. I live in a large city in NJ. while they live in on top of a mountain in western NJ.

  10. Mike says:

    I don’t suffer from the hum you describe, but I do believe you.
    I have a low intensity but very high pitched ringing in my ears that comes and goes (it seems to happen randomly and I’m not sure if it’s location dependent because I don’t leave town much, but it happens inside and outside of my house).
    I’m curious – have any of you attempted to enter a soundproof room/booth while experiencing the hum?
    What about a faraday cage? Any attempts to use significant EM or RF shielding (a tinfoil? Maybe the intensity of the hum will be at least lowered if not disrupted by several layers of it. Any attempts to generate an electromagnetic field around you to interfere?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faraday_cage
    I know it’ll sound funny, but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin_foil_hat#Electromagnetic_radiation
    If EM/RF shielding works on a small scale, could lining your attic and outermost walls with EM/RF shielding work too?
    Have any of you tried to replicate the hum signal with your own device to determine which frequency you’re susceptible to?

    • Mike says:

      whoops, made a mistake
      What about a faraday cage? Any attempts to use significant EM or RF shielding (a tinfoil hat even)?

      Also I really don’t mean it as a joke; I’m seriously wondering if you can prevent your problem with shielding or if it has to do with something like vibrations in the Earth. In which case, perhaps it’s more an issue of plate tectonics – plates are constantly moving below your feet; earthquakes happen because two plates collide

      • Please refer to previous blog posts on these topics. With regard to plate tectonics, I’m wondering why the Hum would appear in England in the late 60s/early 70s? Cheers, Glen.

      • Mike says:

        Maybe people in the past just thought it was normal or supernatural.
        It could also be a combination of natural phenomena, or a case of modern activities changing the behavior of natural phenomena by changing the environment.

        The longer we continue these activities as time goes on, the more we tend to disrupt plate tectonics. An example would be “fracking”.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_fracturing_in_the_United_Kingdom
        “Although hydraulic fracturing in the United Kingdom has been common in North Sea oil and gas fields since the late 1970s,[1] and has been used in about 200 British onshore oil and gas wells since the early 1980s, the technique did not attract public attention until its use was proposed for onshore shale gas wells in 2007 and 2008.”
        Do we know if the intensity or amount of people suffering from this have increased over those past few decades?

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_earthquakes_in_the_British_Isles
        “On average, several hundred earthquakes are detected by the British Geological Survey each year, but almost all are far too faint to be felt by humans.”
        What if you’re all (the people who hear the hum) just attuned to detect small earthquakes?
        http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/facts.php
        ” It is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage. ”
        Maybe that estimate of “100,000 of those can be felt” doesn’t apply to those who suffer from the hum.
        Do you notice the hum when you’re on an aircraft?

        Also, you don’t need to be on a fault line or in between two plates to get an earthquake (obviously because as previously states, the UK gets many); you could be right in the middle
        http://www.esands.com/news/20120424_Fracking_and_Earthquakes.html

        Now when I look at your map two things come to mind
        1) The places where there are infrequent reports are likely due to either a language barrier (this is an English language website) or an economic/technology barrier (less computers).
        2) However, there are a good deal of people in Russia that do speak English – why are there less reports coming from there?

        I’m not a geophysicist and the last time I studied plate tectonics was around 10 years ago. Perhaps you should consult with a geophysicist or two and ask them if it’s at all possible that natural environmental factors coming from vibrations in the Earth are possibly to blame.

        Some other resources I was browsing today
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfv%C3%A9n_wave#Alfv.C3.A9n_velocity
        the redirect for seismic event: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seismic_migration

        Oh and one last idea that came to mind: When small unnoticeable seismic events occur, perhaps there are some modern construction materials used in some sorts of infrastructure that effect the way those vibrations are felt.
        Ever try touching something that vibrates at a high steady rate when you start to hear the hum? Maybe put it on the back of your neck and see if the hum continues. If it has to do with vibrations, I’m wondering if there’s some sort of device you could wear discretely that would cancel out that effect.

        I’m just throwing out ideas as they come to mind – I don’t experience the hum and only just heard about the problem yesterday.

        Hope you guys eventually do find a solution though.

        P.S.
        Hmm right before I was about to post I also looked for naturally occurring radio signals, which lead me to http://www.qsl.net/2e0waw/radio_vlf.htm
        “Those signals falling into the man-made class consist mainly of two types:
        Firstly, mains ‘hum’ caused by fields radiated from the mains electricity supply lines, known in the U.K. as the National Grid. These alternating currents have a fundamental frequency of 50Hz here in the U.K., and unless steps are taken to site the receiving equipment in a remote location, these currents represent the bulk of what is detectable and indeed can present a major obstacle to detecting the fainter, natural signals. It is relatively easy to filter out the fundamental, but the higher harmonics can still present problems, extending as they do well into the audible range.”

        Forgive me if this is all old stuff to you, I figured I’d include as much as I could find that you may not have seen

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