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Methods for Masking the Hum

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I am afraid that there are no magic cures here. In fact one of my reasons for sitting down to write this is that some people will land here first rather than on the website of a huckster aiming to steal money with quack devices.

If you live near the core of a major city, then you likely need no help with masking the Hum. The cacophony of urban life should generate more than enough ambient noise to mask the Hum. If you can hear the Hum through the din, then you are probably not hearing the Worldwide Hum that I am researching.

Most people find that a sufficient level of background noise suffices to block it. In my case, leaving the ensuite bathroom fan on is enough. For some folks, stronger white noise, or better yet, pink noise, works. There is a group of Hum Sufferers on one of the Yahoo Forums who report that a 207 Hz tone nicely masks it. The trick is to find the minimum level of ambient noise that just blocks the Hum.

The source of the Hum will be known before long, and for those who are suffering, I am sorry that I haven’t worked faster on this.




  1. T says:

    Thank you for the tips. I read your link about Pink Noise – is there an audio example you can recommend?

    Here is what I’ve been listening to with earbuds (not the most comfortable for the ears during sleep but it masks the hum) :

    >> Download: ” jet-60-mid.mp3 ”

    It says its for Tinnitus, which I do not have, but anyway it works better than the typical white noise sounds which I find too distracting. (I used an App that can download MP3’s directly from a website to my phone, and I put it on Repeat)

    Hope that helps anybody!

    • T says:

      Hi David,

      Nice to “meet” you despite the circumstances…

      Made the hum disappear right away, and on lowest volume which is pretty neat.
      Thank you so much!!!
      if I get that 1-2 hours of extra sleep its thanks to you 🙂 running on fumes here…

    • julie says:

      Has anyone been in a room where one person can hear the hum and others can’t?
      The reason i’m asking is b/c the chemtrails are spraying a technology that is electronic.When we brethe it in it gets stuck in our nasal passages which can then get stuck in our ears and can go behind our head in our scalp. This technology will pick up sounds that others may not be able to hear. It also can cause a vibrating noise in the body.
      i personally went to a toxicologist in Los Angeles, named Dr. HIldegarde Staninger. She has patients that are poisoned from the chemtrails. And she was the one that told me that i had this nanotechnology in my body. i was suffering from tremors and electronic shocks through my body, it started to shut down my breathing. she helped me detox with her oxygen and her sauna equipment. I don’t know if this will be the cause for many people, as this technology will pick up frequencies that others may not hear. So i’m not sure if detoxing will help others.
      Especially if this sound is record-able, that means that a recorder can pick it up. then i’m not sure if detoxifying will work.
      Have people tried moving locations? Have people tested the ELF frequencies in their house to see if the area they can hear it more has a wire in the wall or ceiling that is picking up ELF. Maybe those plug in ELF plug in reducing machines can reduce this. I want to buy one at LessenEMF. Or plan to when i get money but i’m tired of spending money trying to solve situations with my health.
      I only hear noise sometimes now, but i cannot walk inside commercial buildings like Ikea. Because the ELF is so high, i feel like i’m being pushed to the ground and going to lose consciousness. I have the same problem in commmercial buildings which alot of electricity.

  2. Charlie says:

    Hi Glen

    I had no idea that people were selling devices to mask the Hum. Dishonest as it probably is, it does suggest to me that awareness of the Hum is becoming somewhat more mainstream.

    But the part of your latest post that interests me most is in the last sentence – ‘The source of the hum will be known before long ,,,’ – this sounds like a hint that you might be on to something. Or am I reading too much into it?

    Anyway i await developments with great interest!

    cheers Charlie

    • Last night before bed I turned the bathroom fan off, and the Hum was medium-loud with a slightly different quality to it than what I had experienced in the past. So now, probably on a Friday or Saturday night, I’ll wait until 11:00 p.m. and get inside the Deming Box (the one that blocks VLF radio waves). Out of embarrassment I won’t mention how long the box has been ready for testing. But it will happen.

      • Peter says:

        I can make it up to the Coast for sat eve and/or sun morning if you want company or help. Big moment.

      • Thanks for the offer, Peter. I certainly will want you to go into the box right after I do. One concern I have is that the garage/shed the box is located in has mainly open sides and is subject to outdoor ambient noise. I should ask: if you go outside at night and put on a good pair of construction-worker ear muffs, and then sit still, can you hear the Hum?

      • Eva Fishman says:

        I realized (too late, unfortunately), I “mis-wrote” VHF instead of VLF. I swear, that hum is scrambling my brain… I assume not all who hear it respond in the forum, makes me curious as to what they think or understand about it. If you are on the west coast of the continent, where the earth’s crust is unstable , magnetic poles patterns are different than here in the midwest, etc. are there ANY common symptoms elsewhere in the world where the conditions are similar? Minnesota is known as the “iron state”, mining is big here (iron ore), and again I wonder if that influences whether it is heard or not (i.e. influences the magnetic pull). Do you hope to “go in the box” in other parts of the world to test if it DOES block the hum?

        I also wondered that if the majority of hearers are ~ 25-54 y/o, is there an “aging out” effect as people get older and their hearing ability is decreased? Will the 40-somethings stop hearing it when in their 60s? What is the age of the youngest hearer? Some of these questions won’t have answers for decades, I know. There may be more truth to the expression “I heard it through the grapevine” than we want to accept! (If it weren’t for my sense of humor I’d have no sense at all…)

        Thank you –

      • peter says:

        Hi Glen,

        Yes, I still hear the hum outside at night with ear muffs or plugs so as long as it’s a little later in the evening after most of the ambient noise dies down I don’t anticipate it would be an issue in my case if the box was located in an exterior location.

      • Dorothy says:

        What is a Deming box? I looked on yahoo, could not find anything.

  3. Charlie says:

    No need for embarrassment! As I recall you were concerned that the experimental conditions were not optimal at the time ( ie. excessive ambient noise), and that was a major reason for your delaying the experiment. It is a big step though, a culmination of all the work you have put into this project.

    But I suspect it wont be the last step. Regardless of the outcome of the experiment there will probably be more work involved. If the Box does attenuate the Hum then more experiments may be needed to confirm the results, and then there is the problem of publicising the findings. And if it doesn’t then either VLF is not the culprit or perhaps the Box doesn’t work as intended in blocking it. Though i expect that you have thought about this sort of thing.

  4. Eva Fishman says:

    Hi Glen –

    No apologies needed in my opinion – the work you have done on behalf of the rest of us has made our “condition” legitimate, and probably saved many from psychiatric diagnoses and treatment with anti-depressants or possibly anti-psychotics. I have a medical background, and kept hearing the hum a secret for years because of the consequences and skepticism from patients and family. My brother-in-law was a psychiatrist (now deceased), I worked many years with his colleagues, active in my faith community, etc., and it just didn’t seem worth the risks. When I DID share it about 3 years ago with family, I was met with incredulity, dismissiveness, (“she’s nuts”, “I think she’s losing it”, etc.) all the things I feared would happen did. I stuck to my guns, and sent my nephew (a professor at St. Thomas University) your site, and he “softened” his stance somewhat. He’s very much like his dad (the psychiatrist) in that he is very certain of his “rightness”, rigid in his thinking, etc. and is still skeptical, but now he asks about it and whether I still hear it, etc. My sister has a severe hearing loss, so do 3 of her 4 children (all are in their 50s or 60s) – I have acute hearing, sense of smell and taste, always have, and found out at age 66 (4 years ago) I am ADD – which explains my whole life – and through research have discovered that heightened senses are something of a hallmark of ADD/ADHD.

    Has there been any research on your team regarding whether: 1) That since male hum hearers outnumber female hearers – as do males who are ADD/ADHD – is there any correlation with medical conditions or syndromes? For a time it was thought older people such as my self outnumbered younger people who heard the hum, but when I look at the chart, that doesn’t seem the case anymore; 2) Is there any correlation between the age of a hearer and whether they live near a major city, as “40-somethings” often do, live in houses (as opposed to apartments or a facility)? 3) I was interested in your statement that “The cacophony of urban life should generate more than enough ambient noise to mask the Hum. If you can hear the Hum through the din, then you are probably not hearing the Worldwide Hum that I am researching”. There have been times when I sat absolutely quietly (hard for me to do) with all “noisemakers” off and just LISTENED, and after a few minutes I can distinguish the flotsam and jetsam of urbanity from the hum, and it gradually comes to the foreground as I tune out the ambient sounds. This may be the “hyper-focus” ADDs can muster, but wondering if other people can do the same thing; 4) Is there any potential for researching the health hazards from the hum? I have experienced the “vibrations” or “buzzing” that goes through my body when it is at its loudest, several times over the years I have been awakened by the sensation my BED is vibrating, lasting about 5 seconds, sometimes a headache, and my dog as mentioned in previous communications is more listless and seems to look around for the source of whatever she hears when it is full bore. I know it would require funding, and proving that there are hazards to VHF or whatever is causing this would be an uphill battle (think the huge communications business – there is a petition from a cell phone company to build a huge tower nearby – community backlash has put it on hold, but will happen eventually, and another cell company is lurking around as well); 5) Is there any data on satellite signals?

    Thank you!

    • Mary Gaylor says:

      Just a note about age of hearers of the hum. I was around eleven when I first heard it, I am sixty years of age now. My mother could hear it at eighty seven years of age and was still hearing it when she died two years ago. My mother mentioned hearing it when she was expecting my sister, that was in 1947.

      • Thanks, Mary. You’ve raised an important issue, one that I’ve had to compromise on. Obviously, the ideal situation would be to have a very large number of hearers regularly reporting their experiences. It has taken almost four years to get 9000 decent data points, and some people will likely never even return to the website. Moreover, my data doesn’t directly ask the age when a person first heard the Hum (although it can be computed). Cheers.

  5. Rusty McCabe says:

    I’ve been sleeping with white noise for a very long time, seems to mask the hum pretty good

    • Rosemarie Mann says:

      Hello, Eva. You were asking in your post about male / female numbers hearing ‘The Hum’. In my many years of looking into this problem, I got the impression that there were generally more women than men affected. Your second point about age being perhaps relevant, and whether advancing age might let the sufferer hear less ‘Hum’. My views on this is based on the fact that as we age, our detection of higher frequencies “s” in speech, birdsong, etc.), gradually diminishes : that’s why people have to use a hearing aid. I would honestly think that as Hum sufferers aged, they would be more likely to be MORE bothered by a low ambient / environmental acoustic Hum, than in previous years, because their higher frequencies are not registering as well. If the ‘higher’ part of the hearing spectrum is lost, i.e., the higher frequencies, then you are left with the lower frequencies being more noticeable. So for that reason, I would expect an older person to hear ‘The Hum’ more than when they were younger, when they had a broader frequency range response. Hope that helps. Best Wishes, from Rosemarie Mann, at ‘LFNS Help’, in England.

      • Detailed statistics are on the way, but we now know that the Hum is not a middle-aged/older person issue. Both the mean and median ages are 40, which does not necessarily imply that the data is normally distributed. I’m about to publish that bar graph. Gender statistics will be available shortly as well.

      • Eva Fishman says:

        Hi Rosemarie –

        Recent data shows slightly more men than women hear the hum, and Glen’s data shows a median age of 40s. Age-related hearing loss isn’t a given, and the cause for a loss is quite varied. As we age we tend to lose the ability to hear LOWER frequencies, and in my work I have seen the aged respond to a woman’s voice but not to a man’s (they didn’t hear it). It is a very complex sense. When the little “hairs” (called cilia) inside the ear that vibrate with a sound wave die, there is hearing loss – and teenagers who blast music directly into their ears with buds are experiencing hearing loss – because excessive chronic noise kills the cilia. Another problem that can affect hearing is the 3 little bones in the ear become arthritic/sclerotic/immovable, and unable to conduct sound to the nerves responsible for hearing. Another is a scarred ear drum; nerve damage due to disease, environmental factors, noise, etc. are also factors, and you can see the hearing of the hum isn’t simple or linear.

  6. Alinoe80 says:

    Hi! An observation from Belgium
    Yesterday night : VERY awfull and strong hum

    …. And there is a big difference between those 2 nights : tonight, it snows and the ground is all white…

    Does the snow “absorb” that noise? Does anyone else observe this effect of the snow? Or is it just a coincidence? If this info may help in your research … I don’t know but it’s marvelous! Too bad it snows so rarely here…

    • T says:

      It snows a lot in Canada over here, makes no difference on the sound for me.
      Before the sound started, I was anxiously waiting for the first snow to fall thinking it would create some kind of buffer but… No.

      Enjoy the silence while you can 🙂

  7. Chad says:

    White or pink noise would not mask the hum in my home. The hum was too low frequency and cut right through the white noise. It began to significantly impact the quality of my sleep.

    After experimenting with various methods to block or mask the hum I found that a 120 Hz tone would cancel it. I used this website (free) to generate a tone that swept just above and below 120 Hz (e.g. 118-122 Hz sweep):


    I loop the result through Audacity (also free online) and it cancels the hum when played even at fairly low volume. I run it on my computer at night. I no longer lose sleep to the hum.

    • In most cases the Hum can be blocked by moderate or low levels of ambient sound. Can you hear it during the day or while you are at work?

      • Mary Gaylor says:

        I think I must be near a source of the hum. I can hear it all day every day with no respite, it is incredibly loud in my home, its like walking into a very noisy, powerful manufacturing plant. I do live a few miles from one of the largest transmitter stations in Europe. It is owned by the military and transmits for the BBC. The house is an isolated farmhouse in the English Lake District, I have no neighbours or much of anything, no machinery anywhere near the property. No major electricity lines or telephone lines, just my buried line. I turn the electricity off outside the house and it still sounds the same. There is no masking or blocking it and goodness me I have tried everything.

  8. Graham says:

    Hello Mary, I live in Bromley in Kent, also in a detached house. I started hearing the hum 7 days ago…It’s driving me to slow madness…it seems to penetrate my skull and cause a slight dizzyness… the only respite I get is when I leave my home…it’s as though the house amplifies the noise, if I stand on my balcony I don’t hear it.

  9. Chris L. says:

    A few Months ago somone here told me, that the Cabin Sound inside a Boeing 777 ist good for masking the Hum. I tried it and it helps very good! The 777 Sound doesn’ t need to be very loud to mask the Hum. The only Problem is, this sound is not so pleasant. So i found a Trick:
    I mixes some white noise Nature Sounds (Rain, Wind, Grashoppers, Fire Crackling) until it sounds pleasant. You find those Sounds on Youtube with Titles like “Sleep white Noise” for example. The Problem here is: this Sound doesn’t mask the Hum as effective as the 777 Sound, so you must turn it louder. My Solution for that Problem: Mix the Nature Sounds Mixture with 777 Sound. If this is made right, you won’t hear the 777 White Noise, or better, you can’t differentiate it from the Wind and the Rain Sound. The whole Sound Mixture doesn’ need to be as loud as the Natur Sound Mixture without 777 Cabin Sound. I have this Sound Mixture (I call it Antihum) on my little mp3 Player with in ear Headphones, the Cable on my Back under the T-Shirt, and wear Shorts with Pockets, where i can put the Player in. That’s the way i sleep at night. And i sleep very good now. This Sound Mixture doesn’t only mask the Hum, it also calms me down and helps me sleep deeper and better.

  10. frank says:

    WATER stops the hum. Make earplugs with water balloons. Or go to a drug store and buy a water “pillow” called a water bottle and fill it up and lay your ear on that. It completely stops the hum for me. (I only hear the hum in one ear. If you hear it in both ears, you will need 2 water bottles). Please note, these “bottles” are only called bottles but they are in fact rubber and are like little pillows. Use warm water or it gets uncomfortable. This stops the hum 100% when sealed against the ear. Next we need to find a more comfortable idea, but were on the right track. The hum is created in the air around you. It is everywhere and is a weapon of the NWO, make no mistake about it.

    • Frequent readers of this blog will know that I am not aware of any solid evidence that the world Hum is a weapon. Feel free to post evidence in support of that claim. The fact that this claim has been made on various websites does not constitute evidence.

  11. frank says:

    The hum never existed until just a few years ago. It is apparently unnatural and therefore apparently man made. Whether intended to be a weapon or not, it might as well be. My main point is that water is the best solution I have tried. By the way, I recently completed the construction of a concrete bunker which is also wrapped in aluminum on it’s inside. I went into it last night and heard the hum loud and clear.

    • I’ve read what appear to be reliable Hum reports dating to the late 1950s, so I’m not sure what you mean by “recent”. Foil is completely useless against anything but GigaHertz range EM frequencies. As for the concrete, I think that is an important finding, because I’ve heard from a number of people worldwide who report that the Hum in fact gets louder inside them. This helps the analysis.

  12. Margaret Pollard says:

    I have heard this hum every night ..it drives me mad as my husband cannot hear it..we live near an engineering factory , but i dont hear the noise outside..it started a couple of years ago..i use earplugs at night and that helps to cut the noise and then i get to sleep..but it is very distracting ..

    • David says:

      Hi Margaret,

      Can I recommend playing white noise through earphones while you sleep. Its what I use to mask the Hum when sleeping. It’s swapping one dreadful, painful and penetrative noise for a much more soothing noise. The white noise I use is the cabin sound of a 777 jumbo that can be found on Youtube and downloaded.

      From a fellow sufferer in Ireland.

      All the best,


  13. heelhulpje says:

    For me, dealing with the sound of the Hum is less a problem than to live and sleep with the vibrations on and in my body.
    But, a few years ago, I discovered that my complaints are (a lot) worse when my magnesium level is low.
    This is not something that I checked medically! It’s just my own personal experience after dealing with all this and trying out stuff since 2002.

    When the vibrating gets worse, I take foot baths almost daily with magnesium to get my level up. Most of the time this works for me and I feel the vibrations a lot less.
    I keep magnesium oil near my bed. When the vibrating is suddenly worse and keeps me from falling asleep, I put some oil under my feet and on my belly (that is where it is taken in most effectively). I also put it on the places that touch the matras. For me, it helps instantly. I fall asleep almost directly after putting on the oil. There is nothing I tried before that works that well.
    But note: This is a last resort thing: the magnesium oil can irritate the skin… if you spoil it and make your skin angry, you cannot use this anymore, and then what?

    Magnesium is not something to play with – and everybody is different. So if you want to try these things yourself, please take it easy, make sure you’re well informed about it and how to use it properly.

    • I agree with the caution. As always, I need to distance myself from any medical advice that has the potential for harm. I am not a physician nor, I assume, is the person giving this advice.

  14. Martin Hunt says:

    I’ve found that brown noise works well to mask my hum. YouTube has several resources for trying out white noise vs pink noise vs brown noise; if these links stop working, just do a search.

    I needed lower loudness with the brown than the pink or white to achieve the same masking effect.

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