Geoff Leventhall’s work on what we now call the Worldwide Hum should be required reading for anybody undertaking a serious look at the science surrounding the phenomenon. His 2003 paper is a superior review of the published corpus on low frequency sounds, infrasounds, and their effects. He lays out his evidence on a handful of competing hypotheses, including the ELF/VLF theory that I am currently testing.
Becoming conversant in the biophysics of audiology has been a challenge for me, as it was with radio physics (including VLF radio transmission and propagation), the history and psychology of mass hysteria, 19th century textual analysis, demographics, and so on. If you think you have the raw ability (note I did not write ‘formal education’) to eventually understand this material, then may I suggest you use a recursive process to learn it.
Try reading Leventhall’s article and stop the instant you read something you don’t understand. For example, in the first few paragraphs you see references to “dB”. This can refer to a number of things, each of which should be understood. And during that process you will stop to understand other things. To achieve scientific literacy, you must understand something at a level that permits further understanding. For example, once you understand the absolute basics about frequency and wavelength, you can dismiss out of hand the ridiculous excitement surrounding – again – the notion that ocean waves are creating a “hum”. It’s science reporters who are guilty in all this, with Yahoo Science among the most culpable.
And let me know if you need an explanation of anything you read in Leventhall’s article or any other. I’ll do my best to translate it into basic English and then post my answers here.