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Thousands of people are hearing the Hum for the first time

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I think there’s good evidence that large numbers of people have started hearing the Hum for the first time. One classic sign of the Hum is that it is perceived to be louder at night than during the day. The presumed reason for this is that ambient daytime noises mask the Hum, and when the noise of civilization quiets down later at night, the Hum can be much more easily noticed. The COVID-19 pandemic has provided the conditions to test this assumption. Anthropogenic noise around the world is now the quietest it has been in many decades. Air traffic, freeway traffic, and industrial activity and so on have been sharply reduced. And concurrent with this I have been flooded with emails from people who have independently searched for and found the World Hum Map and this blog. They are searching for the source of the noise that many of know all so well. It is also important to note that there are also people writing to me telling me that their hum has stopped. My hypothesis is that those people were not hearing the Hum in the first place, but rather classic acoustic noises that share similarities with the World Hum. The fact that there are far more people in the first category compared to the second, points to this conclusion. I will be very interested to analyze the data that has been reported after the first week of March 2020.

Of course, among those emails are the usual questions about the so-called “sky trumpets”, and so on. It was never my goal to determine the source of those noises, which I am sure are very ordinary, but this seems to be an unintended outcome of this project. You can find my analysis of that topic elsewhere on this blog.



  1. Melissa says:

    I’m so sorry for those hearing the hum for the first time. And glad they have you Glen and this forum, so they can learn and hopefully feel less distressed and alone, seeing how many of us there are.

    Nothing has changed for me since my first experience of the hum in 2013, except that I now know how to deal with—and sometimes forget—it.

  2. Janet Menage says:

    The fact that putting hands over ears blocks the Hum means there is external stimulation of the hearing apparatus. However, the auditory nerve can be stimulated by radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF EMF) without there being an actual noise in the environment. (It’s called electrosensitivity ES or electrical hypersensitivity EHS).
    The fact that people are indoors and spending a lot of time communicating via wireless devices means that they are exposed to high levels of polarised, pulsed RF EMF from wi-fi, smartphones, smartmeters etc. Some areas have even greater levels of exposure from newly installed Five G transmitters which use higher frequencies.

    • John says:

      How do you explain people hearing the hum in remote places though?

      • Because the working theory is that the Hum is not an actual noise. It’s the perception of noise generated by the body. For example, people “hear” tinnitus in remote places too. In fact, it’s louder in remote places.

    • Jean Teese says:

      Janet would it be possible to contact you by email.

      Kind regards


    • Jean Teese says:

      Janet thank you for this information, this is exactly what i have been suffering since March. The noise in my left ear sometimes sounds like a radio frequency, also vibration and tingling in my body since all the new antenna has been installed on traffic lights and telecommunication poles on university grounds near my home. The levels change day to day.

      • Henrik says:

        Janet and Jean:
        Can you please move your discussion about celltower radiation to some other website. What you talk about is pure self-hypnosis. There is zero scientific support for RF radiation having anything to do with any low-frequency hum.

      • J dawg says:

        Radio doesn’t “sound” like anything

    • Melissa says:

      Hi there, not sure where the info you mentioned that putting hands over ears stops the hum came from. But it is not true in my case, nor anyone else I’ve ever talked to. That’s part of the calamitous nature of the hum. No ear coverings or plugs stop it. The only element that has blocked it for me is putting both ears under the water.

  3. Citrique Citron says:


    Thanks for keeping this project alive.

    I live in a quite remote place, I still hear the hum as usual, human activity didn’t change anything about it, I was hoping at least it could be tamed… but no.

    Just to let you know a random testimony.


    Dr. Glen MacPherson posted: “I think there’s good evidence that large numbers of people have started hearing the Hum for the first time. One classic sign of the Hum is that it is perceived to be louder at night than during the day. The presumed reason for this is that ambient daytime”

  4. ladymozart says:

    Again, thank you for your continuous work.
    I have been thinking about contacting you, or this site, because, over the past few weeks, I have noticed an increase in the hum. I live in a remote area. It is booming. When I first became aware of this increase, I did not allow my spirits to sink. Well, I worked on it. Although, I did start reviewing the never-ending possibilities and stopped myself.
    Then, I accepted that yes, it is real. The low-frequency hum has escalated. I have been aware of it and am turning to my usual methods of coping.
    I have worked from home for several years, so it isn’t that suddenly I am in a different environment for countless hours, days, and weeks.

  5. Jim says:

    My experience with the hum has always been a bit different than most as I typically only hear it Dec.-April.
    In 2020 it was mid January before I perceived it but I did indeed notice it this April as louder than “normal”. Even so, in the past I have experienced it louder than this April so my observation means little.

  6. janetmenage123btinternetcom says:

    Hum-hearers may be interested in a new book by scientist & journalist, Arthur Firstenberg – “The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life”. Many people exposed to the new electricity in their environment developed tinnitus and other physical and mental symptoms. These early accounts were later dropped from discussion and omitted from medical textbooks.
    People can read this accessible book and make up their own minds.

    • George G. says:

      Hello Janet,

      I have read reviews about the book and author.
      Not many positive comments, I’m afraid.

      I could blame ‘electricity’ for my tinnitus. My entire working life
      consisted of continuous exposure to high power radio emissions.

      The people listed below also suffered (some extremely) with tinnitus;

      Ludwig van Beethoven, Michelangelo, Martin Luther, Bedrich Smetana,
      Charles Darwin, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh.

      You can see the problem here, can’t you?

  7. George G. says:

    In early days of this forum Glen asked readers to search for evidence of the Hum afflicting people before the existence of radio communications, in the hope that we could eliminate EMF as a likely cause.

    Entering the word ‘hum’ on the web provided poor results, with many dead ends. But, enter ‘tinnitus’ and we see an abundance of historical cases where Hum afflicted people sought relief from this form of tinnitus.

    Apparently even ancient Egyptians suffered ‘humming in the ears’ and their physicians knew the cure (in a purely ancient Egyptian way)

    Cambridge University Press


    • antonycdp says:

      Hi George
      It might help that I have what I believe is Tinnitus, not sure what brought it on, some say extreme or sudden stress, like an operation or shock. I think I had it before and it went.

      However, my point is that mine is a high-pitched sound around 13 -15 khz. I hear/feel the hum in my home but this is around 50 – 75 Hz… right the opposite end of the sound spectrum!

  8. ladymozart says:

    Last February, for the first time in my life, I experienced tinnitus. I am eternally grateful that it lasted for two weeks and not a lifetime. I did address it as an oncoming sinus infection and took various remedies and approaches that worked. I believe that there is quite a noticeable difference between tinnitus and the hum. In my experience, they are not similar in any way.

    *Note: I live in a remote area in the woods and mountains of NH. I have terrible internet, which has been the case since I moved here over a decade ago. Over the past few months, the hum (as I mentioned in a previous post) has increased in volume, duration, and intensity. This increase is dramatic. Coincidentally, my also poor cell phone signal has indicated more bars than it ever has.

    Prior to this, I always had either 1 or 2 bars. I learned to live with it (of course). Lately, as I said, it has indicated 3 or 4 bars on a regular basis. I’m not sure what’s going on… still… but there have been obvious changes in frequencies here.

    Is it possible that there is an upcoming 5G connection?
    I have no idea. I am an artist, not a scientist.

  9. Daen says:

    i heard the HUM a month or so ago for the first time. It was evening and was getting out of the car with my daughter and i asked her ‘whats that noise’ – she said this is the noise i have heard and told you about – once or twice over the past year that it goes on for a while. To me it sounded like fast vibrating mental – a deep sound – i wish i had tried to record it on my phone.

    We stood in the dark looking up at the sky – (it was a clear night – no clouds) as it sounded like it was coming from there, waiting for it to end.

    For a few days after it was all i could think about.

    • According to my recent study, you hear it “coming from the sky” due to thermal inversion :
      “I’m usually finding 10 km distance between source and hearer. The science behind it’s thermal inversion that bends the sound path, avoiding intermediate obstacles and even increasing dB, then sounds arrive as coming from the sky, with distortion due looses in high frequencies. The low frequency sounds have less air absorption and can travel further. ”
      ” 1-A constant low frequency pattern “like a distant diesel engine idling”- then remove “like”. Big ships idling at the port, container cranes, petrol refinery.etc..
      2-Mechanical noise, metallic sounds, releases, Godzilla screaming, etc then arid factory, stone crusher, metal hopper, conveyor belt, quarry activity, etc”

      • Antonio-

        I believe than few here doubt that a certain (small) number of hum reports here can be explained by commercial mechanical sources (e.g., diesel engines) and temperature inversions, etc. These are rare, temporary, specific, and isolated, and have NOTHING to do with “The Hum” which many of us experience, generally 24/7/365/decades/everywhere (but not everyone, or recordable).

        You did not reply as to whether or not you yourself are a “Hum hearer” (I am guessing NOT) and it seems that you have not read much that has been posted here. Little you say is at all new.

        – Bernie

      • Jean Teese says:

        I started to hear the hum a year ago, i can honestly say it is louder now than a year ago. Sounds very low diesel almost like a plane engine hovering over the sky. I am now suffering from vibration and sensations of pins and needles intermittently in my head and body. My daughter can hear the hum slightly, my husband suffers from tinitus he can’t hear it. My neighbour heard it a couple of times, i hear it constantly. It is affecting my nerves.

  10. So we have different opinions, but I don’t doubt about your hum hearer condition. According to my local experience, almost everybody can hear low frequency sounds (humans are able to hear between 20-20000Hz), just being at the right place and time. And I understand that the response to this noise can be different between individuals, and in some cases medical conditions can have a influence. I’ve studied enough number of cases around the world to support it (97/100 are identified as industrial sources) as I’ve studied more than one hundred. But let’s say ,a not recordable hum it’s out of my study.

  11. Antonio –

    Heck NO – no difference of OPINION – two very different things!: (1) Likely industrial-sourced real physically acoustic phenomenon (i.e., sound) that everyone hears; and (2) an internally-sourced perception of a hum-like (diesel engine) which only about 2% of people “hear” – (although the common subject of perhaps half those commenting here on Glen’s site). Very different, and apparently mutually exclusive at the root.

    – Bernie

    • Antony says:

      I agree Bernie – for point 2 – i find that the “hum” is almost “tangible” in that I can “feel” it like one feels the low bass from sound

  12. Kat S says:

    Wow. I am so glad to have found this page. Until yesterday, I thought I was really losing it. I talked to a friend about it who completely weirded out on me and make me feel like the person in the scary movie telling them it’s a monster in the closet. I hear it constantly now.

    I’ve been hearing it for two months and thinking that at night there is construction going on in my neighborhood and a loud generator. I rode around for blocks and blocks and saw nothing, but yet when I got in, I could hear it. I thought it was the transformer for the complex but not that either. I am hearing it now and it sounds like a loud generator. Gets loud then sometimes decreases in sound. Once I though it was a helicopter hovering nearby delivering 5G materials for towers and attributed it to that. Yes! It has to be 5G towers right? Nope. So right now, I need to know more than anything, how do you get rid of the headaches that are associated with this and will it (the hum) ever go away? Meaning, once you hear it, can you un-hear it ever?

  13. Dan says:

    …this is literally just tinnitus.

  14. Chris says:

    Thanks for keeping this work going!
    I have been hearing a low intermittent hum like a transformer for the last year, usually at night, and can not pinpoint the sound. In the Boise area. It is louder when I am in an enclosed space like a bathroom. I thought it was a transformer in the neighborhood that somehow just gets loaded at night or something, but no one in my family says they can hear it, including my children. And I have the worst hearing in the family.

  15. antonycdp says:

    Hi George
    It might help that I have what I believe is Tinnitus, not sure what brought it on, some say extreme or sudden stress, like an operation or shock. I think I had it before and it went.

    However, my point is that mine is a high-pitched sound around 13 -15 khz. I hear/feel the hum in my home but this is around 50 – 75 Hz… right the opposite end of the sound spectrum!

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