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For those who are able to, listen for the Hum over the next few weeks

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I am in Covid-19 self-isolation now, having just returned to Canada from work-related travel through St Petersburgh, Helsinki, Kyiv, and Toronto. I feel very grateful to be back on Canadian soil. I am currently asymptomatic, and I wish good health to all those who may have been exposed or are working to limit exposure to themselves and others.

I received an email from a sharp-eyed reader who noted that over the next while, Hum hearers will be able to tell us if the dramatic reduction in world air travel is connected in any way to the perception of low-frequency noise and infrasound.

No doubt there are countless people out there who are overwhelmed with uncertainty and anxiety over much more important matters – issues such as the safety of elderly loved ones, putting food on the table, and whether they will have a job, for example. My empathy goes out to them during these extraordinary times. 

For Hum hearers who are safe, properly isolated, and have the mental space and need to keep their minds active, perhaps take some time at night to listen for the Hum. What you hear, or don’t hear, could add to what we know.

I urge everyone to help stop this pandemic and to attend to their physical and emotional health. For those of you who recognize a personal need to keep your mind engaged and focused, feel free to listen for the Hum, and tell us what you hear.

Take care.




  1. Jeanine Lyons says:

    Blessings to you and yours. Reporting in that The Hum is as loud as ever, and consistent, here in Huntington Beach, CA

    Just one more thing making our heads spin.
    Stay safe and calm everyone.

  2. buster99 says:

    Thank you, Dr. MacPherson, for sharing this suggestion and, more importantly, your empathetic words of encouragement and thoughtfulness.

    Louis Frangos
    Ta Ta Creek, BC

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for reaching out to us Dr Mac Pherson. Yes I can still here the hum, and I have discovered a couple of things. First of all, if I listen to it in the same position people who meditate do when they ‘hum’ (sat down, legs crossed and head down), the hum is much clearer and louder. It also comes in waves just as the meditators do it eg: hummmmm … hummmmm…hummmmm. Hope this is useful information

  4. Melissa says:

    Loud and clear, maybe even louder with ambient business and traffic noise reduced. From Woodland, CA.

  5. rgrsummer@gmail.com says:

    Thank you! I just noticed this week that it seems quieter. We live in Northern New Mexcio in an area outside of Santa Fe. Although I’ve had anxiety about the virus, I’ve had stretches of time when I felt calm and at ease. I’m thinking it may be due to the reduction in noise. I will pay attention tonight. Stay healthy.


  6. Jim Burton says:

    My mind went to exactly this question. Interestingly, for 2 days this week it was blissfully silent. Completely silent. However it is now back but with variations of rhythm – more monotone last night, but back to its old self today (around 50 waves per minute). I live in the UK, in the countryside roughly between Heathrow and Gatwick airports. I was hoping, and was briefly rewarded, that the reduction in human activity would have an equal affect. Sadly not for me.
    Take care everyone.

  7. Lisa Allen says:

    Here in coastal South Carolina there is no change in the hum. It’s been especially loud though the last couple of days.. Wishing you a speedy recovery!!

  8. Dorothy Lebel says:

    Hi Glen, best wishes for your health. You are asking Hum hearers to notify you of Hum changes. Not sure if this is the appropriate channel to reply, if not please let me know which one.

    I am from Whitehorse, Yukon. I badly experienced the Hum for the first half of 2011. Then it mostly went away. But now for the past 10 days or so, the Hum has come back strongly enough to be very annoying. It is worse at night, but also happens in daytime.

    Due to my 2011 Hum experience, which spanned 6 months (i.e. 3 months prior to and 3 months after) of the Japanese earthquake, I associate the Hum to seismic stress, which is known to cause electromagnetic flares, and possible infrasound as well. So, in this current Hum experience, I wonder where and when exactly on the west coast this upcoming earthquake will occur.


    Dorothy Lebel
    Whitehorse, Yukon

  9. Peter J Wegner says:

    I am in Minneapolis, MN. I have been hearing the hum since I moved into my new place in the city. This evening I intended to meditate but the hum is making my brain feel massaged and not in a good way. I wonder if it’s the rail yard a few miles away..

    • lemon says:

      regarding how your brain “feels” or the pressure sensation on your head and sinuses, it may be due to EMF, or cell phone/ cell tower and WiFi radiation.. A test meter can be a great tool to read for such exposure, and you can take measures to reduce the intensit of this radiation in your envirnment, .. I suggest looking into this, as it may actually help to improve your mental and physical health 🙂 An EMF test meter is suggested.

  10. lemon says:

    the hum has been consistently louder for these past 5-6 days. I suspect that the hum that I hear, that began in Sept 2015, is likely caused by underground gas, or transmission pipelines coming down through and across the state (Michigan). VERY annoying and invasive resonating hum sound, It is an environmental nuisance.

  11. Danni says:

    I live in the flight zone of our major airport and even though flights have been reduced the hum is the same 24/7 since 2011 for me. It does sound louder but that is because of less land and air traffic to mask it, the quieter the environment is the louder it can be heard for me. Blessings to you, be well Glen. Danni Melbourne Australia

  12. Gillian North East England says:

    First time I have noticed this in a couple of years here in north east of England. Very strong from early evening (25/03/20), then all through the night and early morning. Rising and falling in intensity, to an uneven rhythm. Stronger indoors than out.

  13. Vincent Pêcheux says:

    My name is Vincent and I live in south of France.
    First, excuse me for my english, I try to explain my very new experience.
    For me, it started for the first time last week, right after the beginning of isolation in France.
    It was at night and I first though of a truck slowly running by my place. I leave in the mountain in a very quiet place. No industry around but usely planes in the sky.
    Also, I leave in a yurt without any electric stuff (no fridge…).
    I could not sleep during the whole night.
    Next nights, I spent my time looking for the origin of this noise. I seemed to come from every where and much more louder indoor than outdoor.
    Now I can ear it even on day but only indoor.
    2 nights ago; I decided to walk all around and I realized I could ear it anywhere, in different valleys so it could not be the same origin and I understood it was coming “from inside of me”.
    I googled “tinnitus engine noise” and I immediately found articles about the hum describing exactly in details my own experience.
    I felt much less anxious at this time and last night I decided to make calm inside of me and to really listen that noise.
    I discover 2 thinks :
    First, I can choose “where” I want to listen the noise : It can be in the whole environment around or closer to me, close to my hears.
    Then, when I really listen to it close to me, it is not the same noise any more : it sounds more like a pulsation, a slow beat like a wave going back and forth. And the most I get relaxed, the most I “go into” the noise, … I don’t know how to describe…
    I fell asleep and spent the most restful night since last week!
    I just hope I will be able to do the same next time!!!
    Does my experience makes sens for you?

  14. Nicolas Fabre says:

    These days, like almost all of you, I am obliged to stay in my home here in Castres, southern France.
    I can hear the hum all the time. My only trick to get a bit of rest is to put my finger in my left hear ! Try it, it works for me !
    But to be serious… what is the most likely current assumption?
    For me, it is these large radio communication antennas, to communicate with submarines.
    It uses extreme low frequencies, and produce a signal that has to spread all over the world, until the ocean’s floors.
    I believe that when armies will stop using these antennas, hum will stop.

  15. Renee says:

    I live in Colorado Springs, CO and started hearing the hum 5 years ago when I moved to this city. The state of Colorado is on a stay at home mandate since 3/26/2020. This has dramatically reduced both auto and air traffic, however the hum seems even louder than usual. At times I can almost feel a slight vibration and it hurts my ears. Needless to say, I haven’t been sleeping well.
    I recently found information about the Schumann Resonance and will try to keep a log comparing the intensity of the two. I’m planning on moving in an attempt to live somewhere quieter.

    Thank you for your continuing investigations.

    Stay well.

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