Home » Uncategorized » Introducing the new World Hum Map and Research Tool

Introducing the new World Hum Map and Research Tool

Follow World Hum Map and Database Project on WordPress.com
Follow World Hum Map and Database Project on WordPress.com

The Beta versions of the new World Hum Map and Research Tool are located at http://thehum.info/newhum/

A quick video tutorial is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObQD6GSGYME&feature=youtu.be

One major change that will generate discussion is the elimination of more than half the data points from the previous map (the ones now in red). The conspiracy crowd might go wild over this, and some other people will feel disappointed if not invalidated. I made this decision myself, after months of deliberation and only when the time was right. When I started the Hum Map and Database Project, my initial concern was getting points on the map and spreading awareness about the project. Very early on I even imported points en masse from a few other open-source Hum mapping projects. As time passed, media attention gathered and so did the information posted by Hum hearers. As we learned more about the Worldwide Hum, it became clear that a good number of the data points on the Hum Map did not meet the basic criteria for inclusion. I fully believe the people who report that they hear an unexplained low-frequency noise, but if they have invested little or no effort in tracking down the source of the noise, their report shouldn’t be on the Map (yet). Likewise, if the sound is louder during the day than at night, it is almost certainly the result of daytime industrial and commercial activity. Moreover, if the sound is louder outdoors than indoors, then almost certainly we are not dealing with the Hum. So I eliminated all the points that did not meet these basic criteria. That left about 7600 of the original data points. I admit that I am probably eliminating some valid data by doing this, but the benefit is that we now have a much more valid and rigorous data set.

The second major change is the inclusion of the new and detailed data points (they are in blue). They offer rich detail from Hum hearers, including enhanced information about medication use, family histories of certain conditions, dietary questions, and so on. About 600 points from this set were selected for inclusion on the map.

The third and crucial change is the research search interface, done by Jason Lewis, building upon Derek Edder’s template. Finally, researchers can test their hypothesis against either dataset (or both), looking for correlations that might lead us forward. Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties using it.

The video tutorial will be available shortly.

 

 

 


15 Comments

  1. anomaly says:

    Glen, thank you for all your hard work.
    I understand the efforts you have gone to in trying to do your best on this project. As you suggest though, some of us will be disappointed in the elimination of our submitted reports.
    I am especially disappointed since it seemed to meet your qualifiers:
    * effort in tracking down the source of the noise
    * louder indoors and at night
    Was another of your qualifiers to try and only include “longtime sufferers”; ie those experiencing the phenomena for more than a month?
    Anyway – I certainly admire and support your devotion to studying and solving this enigma.
    – SMiles Lewis
    Previously submitted report was in Austin, Texas near South 1st and William Cannon, circa January/February 2016.

    • Did you recall if you used the new data survey? Take a look a sample red and blue points, and let me know. I want to look at why your point was eliminated. Glen.

      • anomaly says:

        Thanks Glen. Pretty sure I used the old survey as my report was input the morning of 11/13/2016 according to my screenshot of the report and the timestamp from the display of it on the old map database.

        Below is a link to the screenshot of the report:

        – SMiles

  2. Melissa says:

    Glen, your dedication to accurate data is laudable. Thank you! BTW: i sent an email you may not have seen asking: what do you suggest/want me to do for my data input, given I have moved? Thank you!

  3. Harvey Wolfson says:

    This is great, Glen. I think it was an excellent idea to try to eliminate questionable data and come up with a new (blue) map. I have now tried to answer the questions on the left side of the screen, but after doing so, there doesn’t seem to be a way to save the answers. Is the problem at my end? Will this be addressed in the tutorial? Also, my second comment relates to an ongoing discussion on this site/blog: What do these data points show? As there are areas with high concentration of data points, and areas with few or no data points, do you think that means that:
    1. There is something external in the high concentration areas that causes Hearers to perceive the Hum, and that external factor is not present in the areas where there are no data points;
    2. There are no data points in some areas because no Hearers have traveled to those areas;
    3. Hearers have traveled to those no data point areas and have heard the Hum, but none have reporting it to your site?
    (Since I have traveled to a an area with no data points, and did not hear the Hum, it is my view that 2 & 3 can be ruled out, unless I am some kind of outlier).
    What are your thoughts, Glen? Or anyone else?
    Thanks,

  4. Lisa M. Allen says:

    Glen, thank you for all that you’re doing in trying to solve this mystery. It is deeply appreciated. I have two comments about two of the questions in the survey. One asks if bathroom fans or other similar noises can block the hum. The choice is either yes or no, but since neither choice is entirely accurate, it’s hard to know how to answer. When the hum isn’t loud, then the answer would be “yes.” But at night, especially very late, at times the hum roars through whatever other masking sounds I have turned on, so the answer would be “no.” If there could be a third box saying “sometimes” then people won’t be forced to choose between two answers, neither of which are entirely true. Also, regarding the question about where the hum is the loudest, that also cannot be answered so simply. Very late at night when the hum is the loudest, I am usually indoors so that’s where I hear it. But a few times I went driving around after 2:00 a.m., stood outside my car, and heard it. So did my husband. I also heard it very late in my backyard. I don’t do that very often because I’m usually in bed. And during the day when it’s not as loud indoors it would be even more difficult to hear outdoors because of the surrounding noise in the environment. I just wonder if we all went outside at 3:00 a.m. on a night when the hum was very loud, if more people would say that they do hear it outside. Maybe I’m nitpicking but I felt I should ask about this. One other thing regarding the headshake – the act of shaking the head creates some noise so if the hum isn’t loud you can say the hum stops for a split second. But when the hum is very loud it can still be heard during the headshake. Ok, that’s it now! Thanks.

  5. Lisa says:

    This is good information, and I would have to agree that during the 5-6 months that I heard this, it was mostly in the house, but I could hear it outside it if was quiet.

  6. Lisa says:

    As life goes, we tend not to think about things as much if they aren’t currently and directly bothering us. I experienced the hum from October, 2016 to about March 2017. I was actually so elated to have the proof that I was experiencing something real and documented, (whatever IT was) that it was immediately calming to me. Toward the end of those months, I started to hear it in other places, even once when I traveled a few states away. I had emphatically insisted that it wasn’t a perceived sound. Even as I write this, I can’t imagine that it wasn’t external, but I’m willing to go there. Years ago, I dealt with a pulsatile tinnitus for a long time. This is where you hear the “whooshing” sound of your heartbeat pulsing in your ears. And for me, it was relentless and debilitating. I tried all sorts of things…posted on forums…went to see a specialist, etc. I was diagnosed with Ernest/Eagle’s syndrome, which could have been brought on in part from difficult wisdom teeth extractions. I also believe this tinnitus had a hormonal/nutritional/vascular component to it, as this would go away when I was pregnant with my children. After my fourth and final pregnancy, it came back with a vengeance in the years that followed, and when my youngest daughter was 4, I did a major intensive herbal/raw food body cleanse that lasted 30 days. It was incredibly difficult to do. But after I had reintroduced foods, I realized that my “personal ear hum” was pretty much gone. It would come a bit prior to my monthly cycle, but overall I had been healed of this. What a relief it was! I bring all this up to say that I fully know what it sounds like to have pulsing noises in my head…and I’ve heard ringing before too, but just for a short time. This HUM we all speak of was so different in that it seemed to drone on and on somewhere outside of my body. I just looked back at what I wrote on my initial map post, and I said that I thought it was a dehumidifier or some idling engine with “dips” in the noise. Most of the descriptions I’ve read here are spot on to what I experienced. But, I wanted to share this information because at some point, I saw that medications were being looked into. In the spring of 2016, six months before I heard the hum, I was given my first course of antibiotics that I had taken in 15 years. I hadn’t used any! As a rule, I didn’t want to take them anymore, but I was facing something potentially serious. It was my first ever hospitalization for anything other than childbirth, and I was given one IV dose of Levaquin and one of Flagyl. They made me terribly sick and I shook during the night. I rejected those the next day and also the Cipro they wanted to give me. I only used a few IV doses of penicillin after those first two things, followed by all things natural 😉 Now, I already knew my body was sensitive to meds. I can usually do all natural remedies for pain, etc., so it is extremely rare when I will take an Advil. So when I read that some meds were being investigated as a theory, I figured I should share that the only meds I was on besides a few doses of penecillin was the one IV dose of Flagyl and one of Levofloxacin (Levaquin). If I could just say to anyone reading this, please please don’t take any of the FLOX antibiotics unless you’re on your deathbed. I honestly can’t believe they are being passed out like candy for everything from UTI’s to more serious things. I can’t be sure what I was given 15 years prior for a UTI, but it was after that when things got really bad with my pulsing tinnitus. It was on overdrive. I believe these meds can do serious damage to our bodies, and so I’m coming around to the idea that there’s a connection with the hum. I wanted to share this today in case it’s helpful to your research. Thankfully, for me, I haven’t heard anything in well over a year. My little white noise machine was a huge blessing during that time though.

  7. GS Handley says:

    The map is still not updated, why claim it is?

  8. J.O. says:

    There sure seems to be a correlation based on two primary latitudes and then it falls apart from Ukraine – Mongolia. Does anyone know if the people of Russia & China have open enough internet to be able to participate in this survey? And for Glen, are there translations of this map in other languages besides English?

    • An excellent question. The (old) survey is available in Chinese and appears on the main page at http://www.thehum.info. It is a challenge, however, to get the word out, despite my efforts to solicit the help of Chinese speaking readers of this website. A few months ago, I had translations ready for French, Dutch, German, and Russian versions of the survey. But my actual paid job, kids, cooking dinner, and so on put a dent in my Hum work productivity, and now that I’ll have a few days to install those surveys, we have a new, more sophisticated survey and so I need to redo the whole batch. Without assistance, they won’t be ready until October. But I am working on it.

  9. George G. says:

    Glen,

    You stated the D Box failed to block the Hum. Did you post any details?

    If not, any chance of posting a summary of your test procedure and results
    whenever (read if ever) you get a chance?

    Thanks,

    G.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: