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Thousand 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.

  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


  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.

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