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Who is behind this project?



This news and research blog augments the World Hum Database and Mapping Project located http://www.thehum.info

Dr. Glen MacPherson lectured for 16 years at the University of British Columbia (UBC), training mathematics teachers in the Faculty of Education, and worked for 10 years with UBC Robson Campus with its GMAT and GRE curriculum program. He is also an ethnographic researcher, and high school teacher of physics, mathematics, psychology, general science, and biology. He lives and works on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. His books, articles, and speaking engagements focus primarily on mathematics education.

After first noticing the Hum in spring of 2012 and discovering the Hum community, he sensed the need for a unified, moderated, and serious place for discussions and research surrounding the world Hum. This led to the World Hum Map and Database Project.

The leading theory is that the world Hum is an internally generated audiological phenomenon, possibly related to otoacoustic emissions.  (Note that tinnitus is also a self-reported audio effect, although it manifests quite differently from the Hum.) There are four competing theories.

This is a place for disciplined inquiry, and not for wild speculation and conspiracy. There are many entertaining and interesting websites available for those who want to indulge in those activities.

Contact Glen at glen.macpherson@gmail.com



  1. Janet Menage says:

    A publication out of M.I.T. in the States talks about designing a ‘sound processor’ to deal with Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) atmospheric noise in worldwide locations due to the Sanguine system of ELF communications. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/1092215/. Is this relevant to the Worldwide Hum, I wonder? Are M.I.T. therefore in posession of information about what is causing the Hum? It might be worth contacting the author(s) of the paper? I am no expert in this field but maybe other forum users are?

  2. Claire says:

    I’m a 21 year old living in New Hampshire and I have just recently started to notice the hum. I find that it is greatly aggravated by electronic devices, I feel like I can hear the electricity running and some part of my mind has flipped to concentrate solely on that. It generates itself in silence when I’ve unplugged everything though and the more I try to remember what pure silence felt like the more the hum seems to grow in response. This is coupled with an unbelievable sense of alertness that has kept me up and wide awake for the last week. I’m only able to sleep in short increments when I used to be able to sleep for very long durations of time with no problems. If you ever need subjects for a study count me in. I’m going to invest in a fan or a white noise generator and hopefully learn to deal with this sensation.

    • Janet Menage says:

      There’s an interesting documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFR5EtO_zdM which describes how EMF (electromagnetic fields) disrupt melatonin production, thus disturbing sleep patterns, & also adversely affect melatonin’s anti-oxidant function, thus contributing to cancer formation.
      It is also noteworthy that Sweden apparently considers 2.5% of the population to be electrosensitive, which is remarkably similar to the estimate that 2% of any given population that can hear the Hum. Coincidence? It would be illuminating to see how many Hum sufferers are also electrosensitive. Or is the Hum simply a symptom of electrosensitivity in some people?
      Given that microwave hearing is documented, maybe the barrage of microwaves from millions of cellphone towers actually creates the Hum in some susceptible individuals?

  3. Claudia says:

    I’m a 38 year old female from the Blue Mountains in Australia and I started hearing the hum in November 2016. It terrified me as no one really knew what h was talking about and to this day I still hear it. Sometimes it’s stronger sometimes on there but usually it is there. I notice it sometimes quite strong when I get home at night and turn my car off. I’ll say that I have constant ringing in my left ear due to hearing damage 10years ago and tonight I noticed if I stick my finger in that ear even for a few seconds, when I take it out the hum is gone for 30 seconds or so then comes back slowly. It doesn’t do this if I block my right ear. If I block my right ear, when I let go the hum is very strong but on my left side with an almost feeling of vibration to it but again only for a few seconds. This makes me think it’s me and it scares me a lot. Around the time this started I was also under severe stress which is only starting to get better. I am less frightened as to what this could be.

    • As a psychology teacher, I know that some types of fears are completely legitimate. In this case, however, I don’t think you have anything immediate to worry about. No doubt that the Hum can be a real nuisance – in some cases an awful nuisance, which is what motivates us to get to the bottom of it.

      • Claudia says:

        I’m lost! In tying to figure it out I’ve noticed when it started to rain, even light sprinkling that it starts to go away? Could there be a reason for this? Also, the last two nights it has been so loud when I get home and turn the car off. If I then open the door and step out its almost gone. I then walk inside where it’s totally loud but two minutes later it almost goes. What is that?????? Why does it stop when I walk inside?

      • Claudia says:

        Also, sorry to reply again but at about the same time I noticed the hum, I developed these strange head sensations no doc or specialist can tell me what it is. I feel my scalp go cold in some spots and sometimes it burns and crawls rather than being cold. If I touch it though my head is actually warm. Could it be related somehow?

  4. Claudia says:

    Hello, thank you for replying. I think I just emailed you as well. What is it and how can we be told its not serious if no one knows what it is?

    • Regarding the gravity of things: there have been a few isolated, unconfirmed, and anecdotal reports of people who have been driven to self-harm over it, but in general the major medical complaints associated with the Hum include ear pain, headaches, and sometimes a vibrational component. I haven’t done the stats on those complaints yet. AS for any sort of “threat” associated with the Hum, I’ve seen absolutely no evidence of any. We are working on the solution.

      • Gail Hewitt says:

        Starting around the winter of 2015 in Parksville, BC, I was awakened by what appeared to be a ringing sound coming from the front room during the night. It sounded like some kind of electrical sound that one might receive when a phone charging was completed, so I tried to ignore it. It became a regular thing and I asked my husband if he heard it and he said no. Now we are in Nanoose, very close to the ocean and he is hearing something as well. There was a caller on Coast to Coast last night that mentioned hearing the same type of sound and the moderator agreed and said he had heard a similar thing himself. This would, of course, be in the states. Could this be drones or something relating to the VLR in New Mexico? Could it be weather monitoring? Too many people have reported it for it to be an isolated incidence.

  5. Alisyn says:

    I have participated in discussions in the past, but have not been keeping up on all the comments. You may have already discussed/shared this info., but has anyone set up sound equipment to register the hum where it is well pronounced? Seems that would be a good way to validate the hum and possibly share data with utilities, local gov’t, authorities, etc. in order to research and investigate the source. The last time I heard it in my area (Portland, OR) I posted it to nextdoor.com, a neighborhood site. Several of my neighbors commented that they also heard it the same nights I did… I’ve been hearing it off and on for about 6 years, only at night, and have heard it distinctly start at about 10pm and stop in the morning….

  6. Simon says:

    There have been many attempts to make audio recordings of the hum, but it has proved very difficult. My local environmental health office lent me a very expensive bit of kit for a few days (some years ago) to try and make some recordings, but it was very difficult to make out the hum (if at all) on the playback, even through headphones. I have some recordings that a guy in France sent me that sounded (to me at least) very convincing, but Bernie Hutchins did some analysis on these and assessed them to be of something other than the hum as we know it, so I am now not sure it is actually possible to capture the hum in this way, although some folk claim to have done it successfully.

    By the way, If anyone is interested, I have stumbled on a way to block the hum pretty effectively, but I will need a bit of help to get parts made and tested in order to prove the concept. If anyone out there has access to a 3D printer and or scanner please get in touch.

    • Charlie says:

      Hi Simon,

      I’m interested in any device or method that might disrupt the Hum. So far the only thing that I know of that seems to work for me is Bernie’s headshake method, which often results in a momentary interruption to the Hum.

      Have you actually managed to block the Hum with your method? Either way I would be interested to know what the idea behind it was.



      • Bill Wiemann says:


        I do not know of Bernie´s so-called headshake method, however, it does make one think that The Hum does not exist outside of the human Body. It seems that the hum is caused by something in the Body, or brain, and by humming a deep tone which actually causes vibrations in the head and throat, the him then stops for a short time.

        This low pitched hum has worked for me every single time, day or night. Okay, the hum Comes back after a very short time but this beautiful silence is something beautiful even though it lasts a short time, maybe from 30 seconds to one full Minute.

        Anyway, the next step is to Research why a headshake or self huming would make The Hum stop !!! I think we can say that These two methods are not causing any Hum outside of your Body to go away. The Problem and solution must be within the Body.


      • Charlie says:

        Hi Bill

        Some where on this site Bernie describes his head shake method in some detail (he has also produced a sound file which approximates the effect), but I’d have to dig around to find it. But my version of his method is to give my head a short rapid shake (as in quickly saying no) and then when I stop there can be a momentary dip in the Hum’s volume. For me the effect is subtle and inconsistent but I do notice it sometimes.

        I tried your humming method but unfortunately for me it didn’t seem to work. I have noticed though that if I am hearing loud ‘whitish’ noise such as rain on a tin roof, or the surf when I’m at the beach that the Hum always seems to get louder and more noticeable.

        It seems that the Hum is not regular acoustic sound. So I guess it’s reasonable to assume that the sensation of sound (the Hum) is being produced internally. It could be that it is entirely internal in origin – a physiological condition such as tinnitis or OAEs. Or maybe the ‘sensation of sound’ is an internal response to some external stimulus (EMR or infrasound have been suggested).

        I have noticed a number of people on this site reporting methods by which they can either stop or alter the Hum. A few I suspect are mistaking some normal acoustic sound for the Hum. But others may really be onto something. However, none of these methods barring the ‘headshake’ have worked for me. Even the ‘headshake effect’ seems subtle to me – I don’t think I would have noticed it if it hadn’t been pointed out. But I get the impression that for Bernie the effect is quite pronounced. These sorts of variations combined with fact that people report different frequencies (and other effects) are possibly evidence of something – I’m not sure what though. Does it mean that the Hum is entirely internal, or that we process some external factor in different ways. Either way it does suggest that some physiological difference between individuals might play a role.


      • Charlie says:

        On re-reading my post I would have liked to have added – 1. more commas, and 2. this point: variations in the perception of the Hum between individuals could possibly also be the result of different geographical locations as much as physiological differences. As has been said many times before, evidence from a group of hearers in one location would be very useful here.

        ok i’ll go now.


  7. Simon says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Well, I have tried quite a few things over the years, and some very simple experiments I did recently have worked out well for me personally, but I am conscious that the individual response to the hum is very different, although I am convinced we all hear the same thing.

    I hear the hum in my right ear only. I have proved this by a bunch of tests that block the ear canal completely. This led me to trying some tests on my right ear with industrial earplugs. Fairly useless if used normally of course. They are made from foam, which allows sound waves to travel through the ear canal. Try a type 1100 plug made by 3M. Roll it in your fingers to compress it to a narrow cylinder (it should be new one of course), then insert it into the hum sensitive ear(s) and hold it there until it expands fully. When you hear the hum, gently compress the plug further into your ear with your forefinger, until the hum fades away and stops. You will hear the blood pumping round your head, but hopefully no hum. If not, well bad luck, but it works for me, as does head shaking and snorting hard!
    The device I have in mind is basically a custom earplug of very high density foam, which is held in place via a plastic clip that fits around the ear. This replaces the finger, and saves one having to try and sleep with a finger stuck in one’s ear..
    Best regards

    • Charlie says:

      Cheers for that! I’ll get hold of some of those earplugs and give it a go. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  8. Lisa Allen says:

    I am wondering if I am hearing what everyone calls “The Hum.” I assumed it was because although it gets louder and softer, it never stops, I’ve driven miles in every direction and still hear it, I’ve been to 2 audiologists and my ears are fine, I have investigated everything possible as the cause with no success, etc. But to me it vacillates between sounding more like a drone (which I have matched to a low E on the keyboard) and a pulsing drumbeat or bass-like sound from a car. When my head is on my pillow that is what I feel and hear – that bass-like beat. In bed it almost sounds like a heartbeat but I know it’s not because at times I feel/hear my heart and it’s not the same. I would be grateful for any feedback on this – thank you!

  9. Simon says:

    I forgot to mention, I recently came across a new type of ear plug made of metal (yes really) which are available in various materials (aluminium and titanium so far I believe) and have ordered a pair to try. You can find them here: https://www.flareaudio.com/collections/isolate

    They are not cheap, but if they really do work they will be worth every penny. I will let you know how I get on with these. Of course, you will still be able to”hear” sounds to some extent via bone conduction, but if it works well enough to get a decent night’s sleep then we might be getting somewhere.

    • Charlie says:

      Hi Simon,

      Sorry for the delay. Anyway, I finally got around to trying the foam earplugs in the way that you suggested. For me the Hum was just as loud with the earplugs in as out. In fact it was more noticeable due to the reduction of ambient sound. Which is the same result that I have got using a variety of sound blocking methods – eg. earmuffs, earplugs of various sorts, pillows etc. All of which leads me to believe that my experience of the Hum is probably not caused by regular sound.


  10. Carrie says:

    Greetings from Michigan. I have been experiencing “The Hum” since mid-February 2017. I would describe it as a low, rumbling, pulsating noise similar to bass from a car stereo system, and/or an idling truck engine. It is especially loud at night in my home and prevents adequate sleep. I am able to hear and feel it in my skull, in all rooms of the house. It occasionally subsides during the day. I have contacted the township supervisor and the county environmental health department to no avail. I understand that the environmental health agency should be able to provide a noise detection device, but so far they have not returned my calls and seem uninterested in pursuing this, claiming that no-one else has reported it. My regular computer microphone does not seem to pick it up so I will need high-tech equipment to verify the sound. I am also dismayed to see that 22,000 Windsor residents have reported this, all the way up to the level of Prime Minister Trudeau, and nothing is being done. If the entire city can’t get the problem resolved in 5+ years, it makes a single individual in a different town feel discouraged that anyone will be willing to look into this. At this point I am just considering moving. Even if some invention will muffle the sound, the vibrations are still there affecting our health.

    • Phil says:

      I am in Michigan as well and hear the exact same thing….very annoying and may try earplugs. It oscillates, and sounds like a distant large engine running.

    • jai says:

      It was about the same time I began noticing it in Columbus, OH. I’m lucky I guess, it is noticeable but not annoying or interfering for me. Most nights I notice it around 11pm and not after 3am. the description “a low, rumbling, pulsating noise similar to bass from a car stereo system, and/or an idling truck engine. It is especially loud at night”

  11. Lisa Allen says:

    I also called the Dept. of Health and Environmental Services and the City Council but they said there was nothing in the area that would account for the noise. I didn’t know that 22,000 residents in Windsor, Ontario heard the hum! That’s the first I ever heard of that. I wonder if anyone contacted a local news station or newspaper about it. That is pretty discouraging that such a large number of people were ignored and no one cared enough to look into it.

  12. Janet Menage says:

    You will be lucky to find any geographical location that doesn’t have the hum/vibration. I started hearing the hum 16 months ago and since then have heard/felt it in every place I’ve travelled to, whether city or rural. I recently slept at a beach, between cliffs, and it was still there.
    Inexpensive, high density earplugs made from Bluetac wrapped in Clingfilm, help a bit, but as you say, the bone conduction/vibration is torturous. I put my bed legs on industrial, anti-vibration pads but that didn’t help. I now sleep with a digital radio on the floor at low volume which helps me sleep by providing a different focus. Interestingly, wrapping my head entirely in aluminium foil, down to my neck, did stop the noise, but I couldn’t breathe & had to hold my breath to hear the silence. Other foil headgear/earmuffs didn’t work.
    Does anyone know the mechanism by which the ionised plasma in the air (‘corona’) around high-voltage powerlines, produces mechanical soundwaves in the air (ie a hum or a cracking sound)?
    Holding a radio aerial can improve the signal, suggesting that the water/solute content of our bodies can conduct electromagnetism. In which case we may be acting as antennae for ubiquitous electromagnetic radiation (cellphone masts etc). Microwave hearing is possible. The ionosphere comes closer to the earth at night and HAARP pulses electricity into the ionosphere. This may well interfere with the Schumann resonances which we need as humans – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFR5EtO_zdM.
    My local environment health department recorded 50Hz at 20dB in my bedroom and said the recording (when amplified) sounded like a jet aircraft taxiing.
    I wrote to M.I.T. but they didn’t reply. It would be extraordinary if someone at that place didn’t have the answer to this conundrum.

  13. Lisa Allen says:

    I wonder how many Americans and Canadians hear the hum? If there were enough of us and we could create a lobby and bring this to Washington (for us in the U.S.) wouldn’t someone pay attention to this?

    • Ellen Morrison says:

      I have always felt the hum was atmospheric in nature, so began looking at explanations with that in mind. Here are two explanations that are plausible. The first is a link to a study in 2012, and the second is an article that was published in Nature. I live in Toronto Canada and hear the hum regularly, mostly at night. With these explanations, I accept it and it rarely bothers me anymore. Watching this site has helped as I know others hear it too. Perhaps these explanations will give some people peace with the hum.



      On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 7:57 PM, World Hum Map and Database Project wrote:

      > Lisa Allen commented: “I wonder how many Americans and Canadians hear the > hum? If there were enough of us and we could create a lobby and bring this > to Washington (for us in the U.S.) wouldn’t someone pay attention to this?” >

  14. Carrie says:

    For me The Hum cannot be heard from about 6 AM to 12 noon. Outside of that time I do hear it, and it is especially loud at night when other ambient sounds are missing.
    With any of the four theories, I cannot see why The Hum would subside at particular times of day. For example, VLF/infrasound, as well as the so-called smartgrid, are active at all times.
    Any ideas about why morning seems to help? If we could replicate “morning conditions” (perhaps wind patterns / air pressure) with some kind of device, we could at least obtain temporary relief, and ultimately determine what factors counteract and thus cause The Hum.

  15. Simon says:

    Hi Charlie, Well that’s bad luck I guess. I would say that for me the hum varies a fair bit in intensity (power??) from one day to the next (worse when colder I would say) and I have found I can partially block it or at least attenuate it a bit, with the help of the plugs and a bit of force.. I tried the metal plugs also that arrived this week in the post. They are aluminium with high density foam tips. They come with three sizes of tips, so i am currently experimenting with sizes to find the best one for me. The hum is still there, but the plug does reduce the volume of the hum quite well. Just a bit of extra pressure on the end of the plug is enough to stop it completely. Result! Fortunately for me, I only hear the hum in one ear, so I can afford to completely block that ear, and still be able to hear other stuff that I need to (alarm clock, smoke alarm etc!) and although quite a few folk report this too, there are some who have both ears affected. That’s really bad luck. Anyway, we will just have to keep experimenting until we find a solution that works for everyone. I suspect we may never find the source, but if we can manage it with some gadgets then at least our lives will get back to something approaching normal..

    • Charlie says:

      Yeah It is bad luck, but kind of interesting at the same time. I have read others saying that earplugs are effective at least to some degree. I suppose that there could be two possible reasons for why earplugs work for some but not others. Either we’re all not hearing the same thing, or perhaps the Hum affects different people in somewhat different ways.

      Do the aluminium earplugs work better than the normal ones?

      cheers Charlie

  16. Simon says:

    Hi Charlie, yes I would say the aluminium plugs do work better than the regular foam ones. If fact, it only takes a small amount of extra pressure on the end of the plug to block the hum almost completely, at least for me. I think this is simply because the combination of the solid metal plug and the high density foam tip forms an almost perfect seal in the ear canal. My next step is to come up with a way of achieving a better seal, perhaps with custom plugs made to fit me exactly. I think this can be done by taking a cast or 3D scanning the ear, then either 3D printing or vacuum casting a plug in a flexible material that fits perfectly. If I can crack this one I will let you know!

  17. Chelsea says:

    I live in Nanaimo, BC. and I swear I’ve been hearing The Hum for the past 3 hours (9pm and on, on April 4/17).

  18. Curt Neustaedter says:

    Hey Chelsea, I’m in nanaimo as well and have been hearing it for the past 6 or seven years. I’ve been working on the sunshine coast and haven’t heard it over here yet but very prominent at home when it’s quiet

  19. Lisa Allen says:

    The night before last the hum/rumble was unbearably loud. My bedroom is like a torture chamber some nights and I dread going to sleep. This is so insane. I started reading some posts on the Yahoo Hum forum while I lay in bed searching for an answer and there was a discussion of gas lines, so I looked to see if there were any gaslines in my area (Horry County, SC) and there’s a blue line indicating a gas transmission line. I wonder if this could be a cause – it seems to come right into my town. This link below shows a map of gas lines in the US – all you have to do is enter your state and county and it will show what is there. Could this be causing the hum?


    • There is a very small, but very vocal group of people who have been pushing this theory for quite a few years now. There is one particular fellow on the Yahoo Forum who is generating almost all the discussion about it. There may be some localized sound disturbances, but I think it is extremely unlikely that gas pipelines are behind the Hum.

  20. Bill Wiemann says:


    Free yourself of the thought that there is an external source of The Hum. This low pitched noise, called The Hum, is internal produced. You can test this very easily. No matter which room one is in, the Hum is present at the same loudness. If anybody here has a large home, it can be tested by going in different rooms. You will find that The Hum is present at the same loudness in each and every room, Basement, or attic.

    This could not be true if the Hum was coming from outside. Another Point: when a Person is sleeping, there is no Hum at all to boltlher a Person. At sleep, the Body does not Register most sounds from the house or things that are going on outside.

    During the day when a mosquito lands on your neck, you can hear it buzzing. At 3 a.m. while sleeping, you do not hear the buzz or the landing on your neck or arm. Even if a Spider were to crall across your arm you would not feel it during sleep.

    Try this: Close your mouth and start humming a very deep tone deep in your throat. It should be a constant deep hum that you make. Make it deep as possib le and you will also feel the vibrations in your throat and tounge. After doing this constant low hum for 10 to 20 seconds you will notice that The Hum you have been Hearing all day stops. It is a wonderful Feeling of silence when this happens.

    Sadly, The Hum will come back after a short time. This Experiment tells us something. By humming a deep tone nobody is able to shut off an external Sound. This is very interesting.

    Of course, the next step is to find out why the humming a Person makes is able to stop The Hum for a short time. I have no answer, but I am sure there is an answer.

    Anyway, Forget outside sources for The Hum.


  21. Janet Menage says:

    Bill and Glen may both be right! It is perfectly possible for the internal Hum experience to be triggered by an external source. For example, infrasound from wind turbines may be inaudible but yet cause sensitive people to experience vertigo & other ill-effects. It is also incorrect to say that when asleep one does not respond to external stimuli. For example, we do not usually fall out of bed when asleep, even when dreaming & moving about unconsciously! We must therefore be monitoring our environment at all times, unless anaesthetised. We wake when light travels through our closed eyelids. Parents wake when their babies cry. The Hum wakes me regularly at 3-4am when I often have to put the radio on at low volume to get back to sleep. That is in addition to high-density ‘blue-tack’ earplugs & sometimes a pillow over the exposed ear as well. I hear it everywhere, including where there is no mobile phone signal (although EMF from another source could be relevant, perhaps), but it is louder in the early hours. There are no gas pipes at all in my village, incidentally. Humming oneself may simply be stimulating the auditory apparatus internally so that nerve impulses are temporarily blocked, as in rubbing a grazed knee to take away the pain. It’s the same auditory mechanism whether it’s being stimulated from inside or outside the body.

    • I’ve made no conclusions yet – still working through the reasonable theories.

      • Janet Menage says:

        Apologies, Glen, I didn’t mean to imply that you had come down firmly on the side of an ‘external’ source, merely that you were considering all options, as opposed to others who might be firmly convinced that the origin is ‘internal’.

      • No problem at all. It can be a struggle to interact with people who have already made up their mind, and interpret all evidence in ways that support their conclusions.

  22. Lisa Allen says:

    Dr. MacPherson,

    Thanks for your reply. I just recently discovered the Yahoo Hum forum so I was unaware that this has been out there for awhile about the gas pipelines. I just wish we could figure it out. Thanks.


  23. Peter Haartsen says:

    Dear Glen and all citizens sharing these pages

    Since some time I read in some comments about the possibility of the hum being produced by our body. And this evening I even read a comment in which an absolute conviction of this idea is expressed.
    Of course a careful reader will investigate how the argument is being made, and further wait for a more convincing analysis.
    I have some thoughts about the hum that kind of make sense to me, but since there is not enough solid data to combine things, these thought are just preferences.

    One thing I find missing in the discourse in which we all partake. That one thing is the brain itself.
    We do use many words to express our sorrow. The nausea. The desperation. The feeling of loss. The feeling lost.
    About the development of the brain while it’s being stalked by the hum I would very much like to hear other hum-hearers’ ideas
    Probably I worry about the brain as much as I do because I feel slipping away faster than my age will justify. Some of these worries I tried to write down in a presentable comment to your forum. I hope it will do. It took me a few days to get my head together, bit by bit. That’s how it is.
    I just finished it to go with the newer comments just posted today.

    The Brain And The Humming Body.

    Over time research has been successful in explaining causes for tinnitus. And some strategies seem to be effective to counter its impact, or even to remove its cause from the body.

    There is mention of ‘subjective’, and of ‘objective’ tinnitus.
    This distinction has not yet even been made in the case of the hum. At least, that’s what I thought until recently.

    In a few comments that were posted recently on this distinguished forum I sensed the outlines of a concept-theory of the hum, which lays the origin of this hum-experience in the body/brain activity of the perceiver itself.
    As a concept-theory that idea needs to be researched. And nobody can predict what the actual outcome will look like!

    Ever since I started hearing the LF noise in 1987, I realised that the hum was a burden.
    It complicated my life just like it complicates the lives of others

    The healthy expression of psychological agency can become really problematic because of this unavoidable and unstoppable hum.

    I believe we need to remain openminded towards every expression of every first-time hearer’s feelings of desperation and anxiety.
    We should always keep in mind how devastating an experience it is/was to be humbled by the hum.
    Our inner quiet got mixed up. This uncanny experience of being neuronally vulnerable to a actually experienced, but formally still unqualified or unquantified phenomenon is in itself a valid enough reason for esperimental research. And yes, how we would all gladly volunteer to take part in it as objects of research.

    I think we can name elements of such an experimental research plan. Like what the influence of the hum is on the body/brain .
    The hum generates stress. Anybody can google what stress will do to the body/brain. And so anybody can come to further insights concerning brain/mind/memory/concentration/higher-order thinking/creative-associative playfulness/imagination/analytical adroitness/agency/action.
    Thinking about short term/long term memory and episodic memory, there is reason to worry about this debasing influence of the hum upon our memory-building capacity, since our sleep-cycle is being fundamentally disturbed by the hum. A circadian cycle disrupted is a memory-building cycle disrupted.
    And it is my experience that in the almost thirty years of relentless hum-hammering my working memory became less in daytime. The information processing and higher order combining capacities have since long been degrading. My mental notes-taking, keeping impressions and assocciative connections on the side for later processing – at night or at the first moment of relative quiet – has left me. So at night no sleep, in daytime no restfull attentiveness.

    I am aware of all kinds of topics still waiting to be discussed properly. All kinds of phenomena not being named individually yet.
    It will take time. And dreaming that we get help from the people who really know how to design and execute this clever type of experimental research. They could even work together with the geophysicists and natural scientists who have been spotted at certain places
    We all want answers so badly.

    There is this quote from the medieval German mystic Meister Eckehart: Where I am not, God can Be.
    I wonder what he would say after hearing the hum for ten years.
    For me, this is easy: where the hum is, I can not be.

    • Simon says:

      Thanks so much for this Peter, I agree with so much of what you have expressed here, in a far more articulate way than I am able to these days. I feel too as if all my mental faculties are slowly failing due to the daily battering from the hum and lack of sleep, and I am far less able to express myself clearly than I once used to. Having experienced the hum for more than ten years, I can only imagine what living with it for thirty must be like. Let us indeed hope that great minds will eventually be brought to bear on the mystery, which has plagued our lives for so long.

      • Peter Haartsen says:

        Simon, thank you very much for your reply on the 12th of april. You were really voicing the reflection I hoped to find when posting my personal views on some of the implications of being bothered by the hum for an extended period of time.
        I am so aware of the fact that any person, individually confronted with this up to now not recognized phenomenon as being one disruptive to psychological agency (personhood), may go down as a person experiencing personal and sociocultural discomfort because of some nondescript (supposedly) burdensome (psycho-)acoustic nuisance.

        We know it is not a joke. It is not our imagination playing tricks. It is something we experience. We can do without people telling us it is really there or it is really not there.
        It is not a belief we hang on to. (as if it were a lifebelt, for god’s sake!)

        If it were a condition we cannot escape, I would not have been able to experience different levels of hum-intensity or hum-activity in the south of France (Siorac, in the Perigord, France) recently.
        I have experienced the change of environment I stayed in, and the change of hum-level and -activity that came with this change, even if only for two weeks.

        Simon, I don’t think there is a route to escape the hum, but I believe that we can find sites where the hum is less dominant. I certainly hope that my recent experiences will endure prolonged testing.
        As the one person who could connect to some experiences the hum forces onto us, I thank you for your input, and I hope for both our sake that more hum-hearers may eventually find cause to raise their voices, and if not, raise their awareness concerning their personal worth under duress of the hum.
        As persons, human beings, we are ever so vulnerable.

        I know, we all love Epictetus, and of course his modern day compeer Paul Thagart (The Brain and the Meaning of Life), but there is so much uncharted territory when it comes to human experience that we can’t just point to some good old cliches to do away with totally not understood phenomena.

        Good times to you,

      • Janet Menage says:

        Whilst searching again for the Low Frequency Noise Sufferes’ Association (LFNSA – they previously provided helpful advice re blutac/clingfilm earplugs), I noticed that the mast victims forum has many reports of the Hum. Perhaps it would provide useful additional information if many groups linked to share details?
        http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/whats-that-terrible-noise-all-over-the-country-people-are-plagued-by-a-strange-hum-are-their-ears-1424317.html (Low Frequency Noise Sufferers’ Association details)

      • Peter Haartsen says:

        Hi Janet, it took me some time to respond to your reply. Your listing of useful links to further information concerning the hum bring more information of what the hum does to people’s lives. People crying out their despair, offering us the chaotic experiences they have living their ‘once ordinary’ lives. Unsheltered from threats they can not fathom.
        It’s hard to accept that the hum goes unhindered. I hope you find some relief in all the efforts to bring change in that situation. Like we all wish to find.

      • Peter Haartsen says:

        Hi Janet. Some further thoughts adding. The articles you presented are mostly very confronting. It’s always surprizing how people – as representatives of all types of institutions – are willing to say things which they can not really back up with facts.

        Immortal words spoken by Dr Jonathan Hazell in the independent.co.uk article:
        “Dr Hazell believes that the hummers’ problem is psychological. The cure, says Dr Hazell, is for the sufferer to reinterpret the noise as non-harmful and so reduce their awareness of it. And the Taos Hum? ‘It’s like appearances at the Virgin Mary isn’t it? It’s very much a question of belief'”.

        Well, good for all poverty-stricken refugees all over the world that Dr. Hazell is not the director of the U.N. aid program. They might get an instruction leaflet on how to reinterpret their hunger.
        The invalid arguments this doctor shamelessly uses to discredit hum hearers accounts of what troubles them, actually sets the Royal National Institute for the Deaf in a bad light.

        Every educator could use this independent-article in a highschool argumentation-class to demonstrate the skills one needs to build sound arguments.
        While finding these articles, did you ever feel the need to investigate the poor argumentation which is used to keep the hum-problem away from ‘normal’ people’s lives?

      • If somebody were operating a chainsaw underneath the good doctor’s window at three in the morning, any complaints of his would then, of course, be psychological, and all he would need to do if reinterpret the noise as “non-harmful”. Don’t read too much into this analogy – I have no good evidence the Hum is anthropogenic, but I do have evidence that large numbers of quite typical and well-balanced people are suffering.

      • Janet Menage says:

        Hi Peter, as a retired medical practitioner (GP) I have always been aware of the sometimes arrogant pronouncements of doctors who think they know the answers but who, in fact, are ignorant and can’t see it or admit it. What they don’t understand they dismiss.
        For example, for many years the medical profession said that CFS/ME is psychological and should be treated by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – ie. pretty much persuade people to believe they’ll feel better if they think differently.
        It takes a brave ‘professional’ to say, “I don’t know”. However, science’s true mission is exploration and is based on Not Knowing.
        My references to other forums was not to say they that they already had answers, but to suggest we could maybe share experiences and information to broaden the scope of investigation.
        I guess we can all, at times, hold onto erroneous beliefs, thinking it gives us a sense of control, especially when being driven half-mad by the Hum.
        The VLF experiments sound promising. It would be good if someone who knows the cause of the Hum would come forward and tell us what’s going on. Difficult to see how it could be classified information.

      • Peter Haartsen says:

        Janet, how individuals can speak of things they obviously know not enough about can be very confusing. And I agree that this is a very human fallacy. You give the example out of your personal professional experience. It gives a strong impression of how you may feel about the non-arguments about the hum.
        Your opinion about science’s true mission is exactly what we are all waiting for concerning answers about the hum. The wanting to find out, the want for true knowledge for knowledge’s sake, unhindered by irrelevant interests. Or: tied to hum-hearers’ interests (health) mayby?

        Thank you for the links. They are just fine. In a previous post you gave this link to a documentary (march 4, 2017) Resonance: Beings of Frequency. An impressive documentary. Giving a good overview of the damaging effects of EMF (in its varied applications) on the brain.
        It is very disappointing that you never received a reply to your requests for information from MIT or other agencies or institutions. I wonder if the Freedom of Information Act could in any way be helpful in this search for serious information.

      • Simon says:

        Hi Peter, and thanks again for making the connection. Like a lot of folk who have found the hum to be a life changing experience, I have been on this familiar journey for more than ten years now, and frankly the only thing that has kept me relatively sane is knowing for sure that I am not alone in this nightmare. Glen and his tireless work should take credit for bringing us together, along with everyone who keeps the conversation going. Some of the ideas proposed might be a bit wacky, but at least they are trying. I often feel like giving up altogether..

        Believe me, I have tried really hard to raise the profile of the phenomenon above the level of pseudo-science and conspiracy theories, but as the recent programme on the BBC dealing with the subject that I took part in demonstrates, (it was intended to be faintly humourous!) we still have a long way to go before this gets the serious science and media attention it deserves. I personally see at as a serious public health issue, but despite petitioning my local member of parliament with a very long letter and a pile of research papers,I got fobbed off with the usual platitudes about how the government (of the UK) takes environmental noise very seriously. As if..!

        My fitness band tells me I only slept 5 hours and 19 minutes last night, so forgive me if I sound a bit fed up! Hopefully tomorrow will bring a better day.
        Best regards

      • Peter Haartsen says:

        Hello Simon, thank you for your further reply. You have been actively trying to bring the hum problem to the attention of your representative in parliament. It seems that as long as no damage can be unambiguously attibuted to the hum, nobody in the public sphere will be inclined to risk their credibility. Something they do not have then in the eyes of the ones who can hear the hum.

        Again and again we feel this need to find arguments to convince ourselves that there are reasons to believe a cause and a solution for the hum will be found. But, as you present us with the grim realities of ordinary life, “they” are not making it easy.

        I suppose many hum hearers will agree with your conviction that the hum is a public health issue. I do. Recently I checked the (extended) meaning of ‘shell shock’. It is originally directly connected to World War 1 experiences: Posttraumatic stress disorder resulting from wartime combat or similar situations. (Shells exploding all the time)
        In psychiatric literature one may find ‘loss of sight, memory, etc, resulting from psychological strain during prolonged engagement in warfare’. Also named combat neurosis, battle fatigue or combat fatigue.
        Now I connect reports from hum hearers, whenever there is mention of ‘feeling forced into a stressful defensive attitude’, with what has been called battle fatigue. Stress may be a consequence of unsolvable brain-body tension.
        Literature on the subject informs us that stress has a negative influence on cognitive development. Memory and concentration suffer. Working memory lessens.
        It seems an educated proposition to accept that hearing the hum relentlessly can be experienced as a kind of continuously being under siege of a hostile force. Against which no defensive measures can be taken.
        The strongest element to use this idea I recognize in ‘fatigue’. This is the characteristic element to be found in many accounts of hearing, and being disturbed deeply and relentlessly by this hum.

        I think this element could make the claim for the hum as being a public health issue socially acceptable, since this fatigue-element already has a well established medical/psychological research-history. And maybe the social consequences of this approach may gain momentum if the mental health issue of the hum becomes accepted as common knowledge.

        As citizens who hear the hum, asking questions about its origin and its acceptability, we really should not need to worry about proof for ‘scientifically unfounded’ complaints.
        It will definitely be on the heads of those who closed their ears for requests of citizens to investigate these ‘Unidentified Fearsome Noises’.

        Someday someone may understand that some opportunities to do the right thing have passed unnoticed. We all get there from time to time, so we can empathize. Ignorance is always a silly excuse. Simon, I hope you can hold on to the good you have generated, in the knowledge that indeed you are not alone.

  24. Lisa Allen says:

    Hi Bill,

    You wrote that, “No matter which room one is in, the Hum is present at the same loudness. If anybody here has a large home, it can be tested by going in different rooms. You will find that The Hum is present at the same loudness in each and every room, Basement, or attic.This could not be true if the Hum was coming from outside.”

    I know your message was for Glen but I want to tell you that I live near an airport and when there are planes or Air Force jets flying overhead the sound is the same in all rooms. According to your theory that sound must be internally produced, which we know isn’t true.

    You also say that because we don’t hear the hum when we sleep, that this is also proof that it is internally produced. But when we’re sleeping we also are unaware that we are breathing but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped breathing. We’re in a different state of consciousness while asleep so naturally we don’t see/hear/feel things as we do when we are awake. When I am sleeping I also dont hear my sound machine, but it is still on and I hear it when I wake up. Just like I hear the Hum when I wake up.

    Based on my own experience of hearing the hum I believe that it is external as strongly as you believe that it isn’t, but there is obviously something about those of us who hear it that differentiates us from those who don’t. I would love to know what that is as much as what external source causes the Hum but because there are relatively so few of us, I am afraid that there just won’t be enough interest in putting money into researching this and we may never know. But I hope I’m wrong.


  25. I do not believe it to be internal. Can most of us escape by changing location? I hope so. Whether it is 50metres,3 miles or 100 miles. I only hear it in certain locations. What is the commonality? We are hearing vibrations. What vibrates constantly? Energy?
    Loose questions that have no doubt all been considered. I can escape it by leaving my home, going to work, visiting my parents. I feel rough for those who do not have the luxury of escape. Maybe to them it is internal.

  26. Lisa Allen says:

    Peter – That was a very thoughtful post, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am wondering, have you lived in the same place since 1987? Or have you moved since then and continue to hear the hum? When you leave your town or city do you hear it everywhere you go?

    I hear it in many areas of the town I live in (though not everywhere) but with the exception of a cruise to Alaska last Fall I have not travelled so I don’t know yet if I can escaped it by moving. In a couple of weeks I’ll be visiting my brother in North Carolina, then in July my other brother in upstate New York, then taking a trip to Scotland in September. These trips will be my first real opportunity to see if it’s possible to live peacefully in a hum-free zone. Some friends and family members think I should move, but it would be a nightmare to move from a house I love, only to find that I can still hear the hum somewhere else!

    I am also worried about my memory. The hum isn’t the only thing that makes sleeping difficult. I also have rheumatoild arthritis so pain is a problem, plus occasionally the sound of neighbors late at night wakes me up, but that’s all normal life stuff (unlike the Hum). I hate taking sleeping pills but frequently I have to resort to that. I don’t know what effects, if any, the hum has on our physical health. I don’t think we can know at this point. Whether people hear it or not, everyone is exposed to it so if it has harmful effects I believe it would be harmful to everyone, not just us. For all we know maybe long term exposure to it is responsible for certain diseases. We are a long way off from getting to the bottom of this.


    • Peter Haartsen says:

      Hello Lisa,
      Thank you for your reply. I have lived in the southwest of the Netherlands all the time since 1987, but experienced the hum in all regions of this country, as I did in every European country I travelled since that time.
      From 1990 on the hum has been a real companion. In 1997 I visited friends in Italy. They lived in Torino, Italy. We all went to stay for two days in their mountain home in the Valle de Lanzo, sixty kilometers from Torino, in the Italian Alps. That one night there I have been sleeping for ten hours. Ever since I started hearing the hum, this was the last time that I ever heard true silence again anywhere.
      I understand very well your doubts about moving. You should test conditions in any new environment. Your worries about still ending up with the hum after all are realistic.
      It is the same here. It turns out to be hardly possible to escape this regime of the hum phenomenon.
      When Glen announced that there were very few reports about the hum from within the heartland of the US (if I remember this correctly), I hoped that maybe there would be a place in the USA free from this pain in the brain. I would have wanted to go and test this option if any follow-up information had suggested this a valid option.
      Now maybe it is more practical for me to follow up on the idea offered in another update by Glen, in which he mentions caves in the south of France. Deep in these caves, one would be shielded from the hum. Tons of practical reasons keep me from following up on any impulse toward doing the sane thing and go there to personally check this out. I can make real choices in four months. I will be pensioned then. It’s one of those things, really!
      Lisa, pain puts a person on the defense whatsoever. Rheumatiod arthritis must take a lot of one’s energy. The hum may add badly to this condition. I feel the burden you carry. About the effects of the hum on the body opinions will vary. Personally I tense my muscles, and I have to stop myself from a jagged, superficial type of breathing all the time. On the psychological side I live with the effects of the hum on the brain. The hum’s presence has become more than just annoying.
      I compare the hum with another polluting phenomenon. Smog. Smog creates health problems. Every person is being affected, but some people will have serious problems.
      Maybe “hearing” the hum is an anomaly, a function or condition which only shows up in two procent of a large population, as seems to be a generally accepted estimation .
      I do trust my ability to observe and describe experiences. And I try to stay informed and inspired by using conceptual (linguistic) instruments which are being developed in many educational publications. Texts about the body-brain and the mind.

      There has been done research in which a (lab) rat was exposed to LFN. After some time the rat was put in the center of a labyrinth it was very familiar with. Instead of starting straight for the exit as usual, the rat stayed put. The rat had obviously lost control of its mental faculties.
      Some types of research comparable to this have been done with men and women in office kind of conditions. LFN always affected negatively the performance of people.
      The stress hormone level showed to have risen, and to only fall after more than one day. Perception and concentration suffered, people showed anxiety. These obsevations suggest how the hum may affect our wellbeing. And the impact of the hum may get more serious the higher the level of professional performancing a person has to accomplish. Stress can be a positive influence on a person’s performance, if a person has acquired the supposed (access to) knowledge and skills.
      However, any stressor from outside of the game plan will complicate agentic performances. It is this kind of agency that I find vulnerable. Every person has a basic make up of qualities in relation to the outside world. Our actions are being informed by how we believe the outside world experiences these very actions.
      The influence of the hum on a person’s performance will increase with every step higher one needs to take one’s agentic efforts. Disturbance of psychological agency by the hum can therefore have real consequences. Real people hindered in doing real things. Hindered agentic performance.
      Lisa, you may well know many people whose lives, not just to say whose professional lives, are being negatively influenced, or strongly impaired by a serious condition like rheumatoid arthritis. And your personal experiences inform your decisions like what you can do, as well as what you may not be able to do.
      It seems a plausible notion that we are all continuously being guided by this automated decision center. Being unhindered by the hum may well lead to being less restricted in options concerning things to do to choose from. And I am personally convinced that spontaneous brain activity – any activity of which we can honestly say we did not provoke it consciously – can be impaired by the stress which the hum causes. The mental state of the mind may be more vulnerable to stressful living conditions than we generally believe. Or, than we individually seem to perceive.
      So, I guess people who hear the hum can only share this experience on the basis of a few general testimonies. Being annoyed after a while, feelings of unrest, being destroyed after a while, feelings of deprivation, sleeplessness, loneliness, feeling displaced, feeling robbed of innate stuff in the more subtle spheres of consciousness. Well, the latter may be the one that takes a lot of cultural imagination. But still, imagine how the chronically stressed brain, dulled to a very basic level of tuning capacities, does no longer enjoy a Mahler symphony as it used to do. Or does not respond so enthousiastically any more to the Beach Boys’s Good Vibrations, or to this great novel we reread.
      We may even no longer feel this pleasant tension in ourselves when we start thinking of this festivity we will participate in. Anticipating to a future good is so part of what can fill our lives with meaning and direction. These are things that I see in the subtle sphere of awareness. The anticipational outward directedness may be cut short by stress. The outward reaching of the probing mind gets hindered, diminished spontaneous brain functionality induces less agentic activity in the field of emotional/cognitive liveliness.
      Maybe the hum will be sufficiently explained to start blocking it within a few years. In the meantime I hope you will find a place you can safely move to, and be able to at least let the hum behind. We all need some encouraging and uplifting practices to keep this hope alive that the hum can and will be determinated and neutralized. Let us see if that day we’re still on this forum to share some more words, but than words of relief.

  27. Bill Wiemann says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Very interesting message you made. First off, I would like to ask if you tried humming to stop The Hum for a short time. Here is the method: take a deep breath, Close your mouth, then hum a very deep tone making sure that you are humming from deep in your throat.. So, deep breath, lips closed, jaw opened and make sure the deep hum is coming from deep down in your throat. Keep the hum going as Long as possible. Maybe from 15 to 20 seconds or longer.

    If you do this right, you should feel a beautiful silence from “your Hum.” Okay, like I mentioned in other Messages, the Hum will come back after being silent for perhaps 30 seconds or longer.

    You can repeat this as many times as you wish. The result is exactly the same every single time. I have discovered this some months ago. It is nice to feel the silence and wants one to figure out why humming makes this Hum stop. This is a scientific subject for sure. As in science, there is a cause which will one day be found. What about barometric pressure??? This pressure cahnges from time to time where one lives and when one travels, he or she will naturally enter an area where the barometric pressure will be different. So maybe this has something to do with the whole Story.

    By the way, do not continue to think that this Hum is robbing you or anybody else. Why? Simple answer to that one……when one is sleeping, you will not be bothered by this Hum because the Body is in sleep mode. That is why a Person does not wake up to noise in the house or outside. Of course if there happens to be a veray loud noise, then it may wake you up.

    What about Tinnitus? Many have Tinnitus and also have a false belief that it robs them of sleep. This is not true. I have Tinnitus already a few years and never has it caused Problems with sleep. By the way, Tinnitus is not an ear based Problem. Tinnitus is a central nervous System Thing. caused by nerves that pass from the neck to the brain. The high pitched Tinnitus noise is created in the brain, the area called “Audio Cortex.” If anybody is interested, I can post an interesting Video which explains the process. Tinnitus is not a disease, however, it does interfear with normal Hearing because of the tone that we are Aware of.

    Any way, stay far awar from drugs that are said to help with The Hum or Tinnitus. I would also stay far away from any so called sleeping pils.


    • Lisa Allen says:

      Hi Bill,

      Well, I tried your experiment and unfortunately it didn’t work for me. As soon as I exhaled the hum was there. Oh well. I’m glad it works for you though. The hum doesn’t bother me too much during the day as I am busy and distracted, or out of the house. If it is bothering me I turn on Rainy Riverbanks on mynoise.net and that blocks it out. Last night the hum wasn’t too loud and I didn’t take a sleeping pill and slept very well. You are right, they aren’t healthy and it would be a good thing not to take them.


  28. d says:

    It was very intense yesterday, but is now completely gone from what I can tell (5AM UK time in south-west Scotland). I started hearing it a month or so ago, and initially I thought it might be to do with wind turbines that have gone up nearby in recent months. They’re not going round from what I can tell so the noise is not caused by the blades. I sometimes think it might be caused by drilling in the area, making bore holes for new turbines, but I have no evidence of that. I’m starting to make a note of when it disappears. On the morning of the 17th I noted “Hum is gone for last two days”, then it came back for the last two days. Now it’s gone. For how long? I’ll make a note of when it comes back (if it ever does, but I imagine it will).

  29. saymber says:

    I am very sensitive to energy from people, places and things. In 2013 I was nearly driven from my home by the “hum” and all stemmed from a natural gas well being drilled 1700 ft from home and neighborhood. The same phenomenon has started again this past week and it’s maddening! The bed vibrating at night, the feeling the house is shaking constantly is awful. Sometimes it will ebb and not be so intense but lately it’s really strong. I am grateful to you for giving this experience a name and some credibility. People close to me do not understand what is happening to me with this. https://saymber.com/2017/04/22/22-april-2017-finally-getting-information-on-what-may-be-the-source-of-the-constant-low-level-rumbling-in-my-house-the-hum-and-natural-gas-drilling-in-north-texas/ – blog I wrote just today. Again, thank you and my prayers go out to all those who have shared here. It’s good to know we are not alone.

    • Lisa Allen says:

      I wanted to ask if anyone else feels their bed vibrating at night but was afraid I’d sound nuts so I didn’t, so thank you for sharing that you also have that experience! Now I know it’s not just me. Last night there was no vibration and the hum was not so bad, but the night before was terrible. I have started to pray that it’s cause will be discovered at some point. I do believe God answers prayers and with his help and our perserverance one day we’ll have the answer.

      • saymber says:

        Lisa thank you so much for your comment and sharing! You are not alone! It has been real bad the past couple of nights here. Just feel like I’m going to shake apart with the house! I prayed last night too and my inner voice reminded me, “What do you want?” and I said I want it to stop. This morning there is no Hum or vibrating everywhere. I feel so much peace this morning – a still earth. I will add discovery of the cause to my prayers too my friend. Again, thank you for taking the time to share and say hello!

  30. Yes. I can feel it sometimes when it is really bad. It’s like the floor is vibrating and it comes up through the bed. To touch the bed there is nothing. Put a glass of water on the floor – no ripples. But the deep bass nature of this does make it feel the bed is vibrating…. Like being inside a speaker without the volume!

  31. Janet Menage says:

    Yes, definitely the bed vibrates. Also body cavities such as skull and chest. The suggestion isn’t nuts at all…….imagine leaning against a truck with a powerful diesel engine running – not only would you get a low, rumbling noise, your whole body would vibrate with the frequency. As has been mentioned before, sympathetic resonance is well known to occur and is well documented. Think smashing a wine glass using a high-pitched soprano voice. Think placing a tuning fork near a violin string making the string vibrate with the same note (frequency, pitch). I actually think the Hum makes the ‘hollow’ house vibrate (like a drum) and the bed then vibrates because it is sitting on the floor. The upper floors of the house are more likely to vibrate because they are less substantial than the ground floors, which could be concrete, or, at least, more structurally tough. Hence bedrooms are particularly uncomfortable for Hum sufferers. Having said that, I have tried sleeping on the floor downstairs & I still hear it!
    G.Rasmussen’s research paper describes body vibration exposure symptoms at frequencies 1-20Hz. Eyeball resonance 60-90Hz. Jaw/skull system 100-200Hz (in Amanda Harry MD, ‘Wind Turbines, Noise and Health’, 2007). Also ISO standards 2631 – resonance frequency ranges for various parts of the human body. Low frequency noise issues have been extensively researched in Portugal and have been found to cause a complex disease known as vibroacoustic disease, compromising the mechanotransduction signalling of cells which lead to structural changes of tissues and cells. Symptoms include mood swings, indigestion, back pain, fatigue, haemorrhages, headaches, bronchitis, and many more.
    I contacted M.I.T. to ask their opinion about the Hum & had no reply. Given the advanced state of military technology I would be astounded if the source and nature of the Hum is not already known in some quarters.

  32. Stephanie Wilson says:

    I just logged my observations into the Hum Map Google form. That said, after reading many of the comments here I think what I’m experiencing is not the same thing that many of you are experiencing. I do have tinnitis, so I know what it is like to have an internal source for an ongoing sound, and I know the experience of it. The ‘Hum’ that brought me to this Hum Map is definitely coming from outside of my home. It is also a sound I started to hear years before my tinnitis started (which came from a virus, according to my ear doctor). I have heard this sound perhaps only 10-15 times over the last maybe 6-7 years. I can’t pinpoint the exact date but I’m coinciding it with a conversation I had with a friend I used to have out with when my kids were in elementary school (so I can pinpoint that time period). This friend told me that her brother flies military jets above our area, Washington DC metro region, as a regular exercise in the middle of the night. I assumed what I was hearing was that, even if it didn’t entirely behave like a jet in that the sound didn’t build and then die away as a jet engine sound would as it comes close and then flies away from you. Also, it differed from a jet engine in that it lasts for much longer than it takes a jet to pass overhead. I have always scratched my head when I hear the sound because I am left to wonder if there is one long string of jets flying by, one after the other, because the sound lasts for a number of minutes (3-5?). Anyway, tonight finally prompted me to open my laptop at 3 am to really spend time trying to find evidence of others hearing this sound, which led me to this group and a few other places. I’d tried to research the sound before but I only looked for special, planned military jet exercises that might be mentioned online since that was what I thought it was. Tonight the sound was a little odder, still like the usual propane torch or distant freight train or fighter jet, but a little buzzy and lengthier. Many of you are describing a sound that lasts for hours, but I never hear this sound for that long. Also, I only ever hear it in the middle of the night. It usually wakes me up. Tonight I opened my bedroom window because the sound was less explicable as a military exercise, and I was worried something dangerous or very odd was going on. I can’t say that the sound was much louder once I opened my window, however it was definitely louder, and definitely coming from outside of my house. All the times before tonight when I just lay in bed and listen to it, it always sounded like it was coming from high up in the sky. Tonight, however, when I opened my window to listen, it kind of sounded like it was coming from the entire outside, if that makes any sense, and if I’m describing that well.

    • Bill Wiemann says:


      Your message today is very interesting. However, there is some Points that Need Clearing up. First off, Tinnitus is not an ear based Thing. It has nothing at all to do with your ears. Tinnitus is registered in the Brain through the central nervous System. This of course is not easy to believe, but it is the truth. Another Point….Tinnitus should never, ever, bother a Person during sleep. Once a Person falls asleep, there is no way to hear the Tinnitusbecause your System simply does not Register every single Thing goint on near or in you. Be glad about that!

      About the Hum. This is not coming from outside some place. I remember when I first heard the Hum some years ago. I too was convincec 100% that this Hum was coming from the heating System in our house. That first time I heard the Hum was also the day after the heating System was under maintenance by the heating Company.

      I gave them a call to please check things because there is something wrong due to the fact that there is this constant noise. They came out but found absolutely nothing!!! They also wondered what I was possibly “Hearing.”

      Stephanie, do this to have the Hum stop for a short time. Pladce the Palm of both Hands over the ears which should stop you Hearing much at all from outside. Keep covering your ears for at least 30 seconds. Then remove your Hands from covering your ears. The Hum should now no longer be present. Of course, it will return after a short time. But the fact that it was not present should tell you that it could not have been coming from outside.

      Another way to stop the Hum is to take a breath and start to hum a very deep tone from deep in your throat. Keep humming for about 30 seconds or less. This will also stop The Hum for a short time. Now, if The Hum could have an outside source, then it could never be stopped by a simple Thing like humming.

      Anyway, The Hum and, or Tinnitus are not a disease at all. They do, however, interfere with normal Hearing.


      • Simon says:

        Hi Bill, some very interesting and thought provoking comments here, but can you please explain how you think putting your hand over your ear(s) will stop something internally generated from happening? I am am curious to know what your working theory is, as I have found also that I can stop the hum temporarily in this way. Much to my surprise, it really does work, although for me only one ear (the right) is affected, sort of luckily for me I suppose!

  33. Dorothy says:

    Hi all. Here is a possible solution for the Hum nuisance.
    I’m from the Yukon (in north-west Canada) and was terribly affected by the Hum in 2011 for several months. It started suddenly, and it was the classic idling diesel truck sound & vibrations, pulsating, always worse at night. This inflicted terrible insomnia, headaches, etc.
    When I travelled for a couple of weeks in 2011, I was free of the Hum. But when I got back home, so was the Hum. Proof that the Hum was from an external source related to my home environment.
    Then it dawned on me that my cordless phone base had been sitting beside my bed for years. A technician told me that all wireless devices, including cordless phones, cell phones, use microwave transmission. A website that I visited theorized that prolonged exposure to microwaves increases our sensitivity to low frequencies.
    So, I got rid of the cordless phone, and avoided other wireless devices. Three months later the Hum perception was significantly diminished. The only thing that had changed in my environment was that I got rid of the cordless phone. I could still perceive the Hum faintly on occasion, but it was too weak to bother me, and has never come back on strong these many years later.
    My question to those who are bothered by the Hum: do you have wireless devices close to your bed, or throughout your house? Is your work requiring you to use Bluetooth headsets, or the like?
    If you decide to get rid of your wireless devices, remember that it may take several months for your body to readjust to normal at a cellular level.
    Blessings and good luck to all.

    • Lisa Allen says:

      That is interesting. For me the Hum started shortly after I exchanged my flip phone for a smart phone, and a neighbor moved into the duplex next door who has hearing aids and other equipment for his hearing problem, and 3 computers in his office. I don’t know if this is all a coincidence but I did notice the timing of it all. Do you think the cell phone is ok and the cordless phone isn’t, or both contribute to the problem? And does it help to leave the phones in another part of the house or do they need to be completely removed? I could try a corded phone but I can’t imagine parting with my cell phone! Thanks.

      • Dorothy says:

        Hi Lisa, To answer your question, the wi-fi technician told me that Wi-fi’s, cell phones and cordless phone all transmit microwaves within a similar range. You might want to turn your cell phone off at night, at the very least. Or keep it turned off most of the time, and only turn it on to check your messages and make calls…
        As for neighbors’ wireless devices, that’s a tough one. You might want to ask them about the type and range of their signal. When I had that really bad episode in 2011, the high school next door had a strong wireless range for their students that our wireless computer could pick up.
        This said, observations point toward a combination of factors causing the Hum. There is evidence that humans have some kind of magneto receptors (see Joe Kirschvink’s experiments, California Institute for Technology ). For example, the Hum is usually worse at night, with distrubances of the earth magnetic field, i.e. earthquakes and solar flares. In fact, there is a variation in the earth magnetic field between day and night. In recent decades the earth magnetic field has significantly weakened, the magnetic north has rapidly changing its location, and geologists are talking about an imminent pole shift. The inner sensitivity which varies among individuals, is likely subject to the perturbation of geomagnetic changes, which could be further scrambled by man-made electromagnetic fields.
        By the way, I too experienced the feeling of ‘vibrating bed’ at night, since 2010 up until now, and so have other local folks who don’t hear the Hum, even when there’s no earthquake.
        It’s all so fascinating. (If only it wasn’t so disturbing…)

    • Perhaps you could report the name of the website that made those claims about microwave exposure?

      • Dorothy says:

        Yes this was Dr. Chris Barnes, from Bangor, UK who theorized that our modern exposure to microwaves is making some of us hypersensitive to low frequencies.
        Here is the link to his website: http://www.drchrisbarnes.co.uk/BANGORhum.HTM

      • Charlie says:

        I had a look at that link and I would just like to add a couple of personal observations. For the last 3 years I lived in a fairly remote area of NSW where there was no mobile/cell phone coverage, no TV and patchy AM radio reception. But I could ‘hear’ the Hum as clearly there as anywhere else that I have been to in recent years. I should also note that insofar as I know there are no mines, large pumps or other potential low frequency acoustic sources in the entire district.

        Part of Chris Barnes hypothesis is ” that persons who experience the HUM have exceptionally sensitive low frequency hearing”. I can’t speak for others, but in my situation this is not the case – in fact I am slightly hearing impaired and I hear high frequencies far better than low ones.

        I have to admit that I have only read ‘Solving a case of the HUM’ by Chris Barnes, so my comments only apply to that piece. However he seems to have written quite extensively about the Hum, and I think it could be interesting to see what else he has to say.


  34. Dorothy says:

    By the way, has anyone tried a strong electromagnet in one’s bedroom at night as a way to cancel out the Hum?
    Is there such a thing as a directional electromagnet that could mimic the earth’s magnetic field?

  35. Lisa Allen says:

    Dorothy, That’s all very interesting. I am going to look up Joe K.’s experiments at California Institute of Technology, and also buy a strong electromagnet and try that. If it works I will report back! Thanks for the good suggestions.

    • Dorothy says:

      Hi Lisa, I haven’t heard of anyone who has tried an electromagnet to relieve the Hum, I was just asking if anybody had a theory or a test about that, because electromagnetic fields seem to be involved in the Hum. I’m no expert and I certainly would not want to send anyone on a costly or fruitless chase for a solution.
      I think that turning off wireless devices as much as possible is probably one of the best first step one can take.
      Best wishes.

      • Lisa Allen says:

        Hi Dorothy,
        No, I understood what you said. But I’d like to try it anyway if it isn’t too costly. I did a little research and found a video that explains how to make one. In the meantime I started turning my cell phone and computer off at night. Thanks.

  36. Lisa Allen says:

    This is weird. The hum hasn’t been too bad for a few weeks but right now it’s extremely loud. It’s actually hurting my ears. I googled barametric pressure for my area (coastal SC) and it said “rapidly rising.” Tomorrow through Wednesday rain and thunderstorms are forecast. This really seems to be connected because it’s happened before. I don’t know why or how but I’m going to see what I can learn. Has anyone else noticed this?

  37. Aage. says:

    I have heard “The Hum” since I was a child.
    It is strongest, when I have the ear on green grass.
    (For a long time .. I therfore called it: “To hear the grass grow”.
    In a way .. I still belive it, as I cannot hear the sound – from
    vithered grass [fishy grass]).
    But I also can hear it .. when I “listen to the silence”.
    It is annoyingly disturbing, when this happens.
    AND .. at times – it just start .. and can go on for hours.
    If I am alone, then I usually call someone on the
    telephone – as the sound is reduced, when someone
    talks to me.

  38. Georgie says:

    Im a 26 year old living in Perth, Western Australia. I have heard the hum for the last two years on and off. I blamed an assumed roadworks or housebuilds for it, even though sometimes the hum could be heard late at night til the early hours of the morning. it is driving me crazy! my family think i am crazy or say i probably have tinnitus! I know I dont but I swear I dont just hear the hum I feel it! it keeps me up and wakes me up! Im so glad to have found this page, i dont feel like a crazy person as much 😦

  39. Angel says:

    I’ve heard the deep bass like Hum here in Surrey B.C and Vancouver – it’s so loud and distinct it keeps me up at night. In the fall/winter its less noticable, but it gets really loud starting in late April early May. I really want I know what it is. Is it Fracking? Some mining company? The LNG project? Since it reverberates the land it must be underground.

  40. Daniel says:

    I’ve heard/felt a low hum in Cypress Texas for years. I can sometimes feel it. My wife can never hear it though.

  41. Peter Haartsen says:

    I stayed at Camping du Port in Soriac, a village in the Perigord Noir in the south of France. I visited some friends there. During these fourteen days the hum was absent for four days and nights. And for half of the remaining days the hum was far less intrusive compared to what I experience in my hometown Middelburg, in Holland. A deeper sleep and a more relaxed wakefulness were there for me. I am thinking of moving there for an extended period. This two week experiment gave me enough confidence to try and find a place in this village. After checking the world hum map before I left for Siorac, I had my doubts about finding some quiet there. But it worked out far better than I expected. And now I know how much I need this relative quiet. To lay off a bit of the burden. Awesome.

  42. Lisa Allen says:

    Peter – I am so happy for you! I would do the same thing if I could. Just to have some peace and quiet will be so nice, and it sounds like you’ll be in a beautiful area too. Best wishes.

    • Peter Haartsen says:

      Lisa, thank you for your reply. It was truly surprizing to experience less hum. And since I have not enjoyed moments of almost no hum for a long time, I had no idea how it would feel.
      It was absolutely unspectacular. It was just no noise. Just the normal, oh so normal presence of silence. And there and then I remembered what it is: silence as a given. An embodied sense of normalcy, indeed this peace and quiet you refer to. So putting things back into place. In two months I go back there to hopefully find the housing I will stay from early 2018 on, with the help of a local who knows her way in this market. As you say, this is a beautiful region in France. If my short experience with the very low hum-level (with even days/nights of no hum) proves reliable, I can decide for a indefinite stay in Siorac, or in the wider region.
      I hope you may have an experience of the so much hoped for peace and quiet during your projected travels (Alaska and Scotland?)
      Best wishes,

      • Lisa Allen says:

        Hi Peter,

        It’s amazing how something as normal as silence can be snatched from us and how wonderful (and unspectacular as you say) it is when we find it again. This morning I was thinking of Trappist or Carmelite monks who live in silence – what if one of them heard the hum? They wouldn’t even be able to mask it with other sounds as it might disturb the other monks, and monasteries are very quiet so the hum would probably be very loud. And they couldn’t go out in the car to escape it. What an awful thought.

        In Alaska I was on a cruise and did not hear the hum. Even if it were there I wouldn’t have been able to hear it as the sound of the engine would have drowned it out. The Scotland trip is in early September. Since I don’t hear the hum for a few days after flying I won’t hear it in Edinburgh where I’ll be for four days but after that, I’ll have to see.

        One weird but good thing that happened is that suddenly I stopped hearing the hum in my left ear when I put my head on the pillow at night. At least there is one side I can sleep on peacefully now, so I am thankful for that.

        Good luck with your move! I hope you love your new home and can enjoy a bit more quiet there.


  43. Lisa Allen says:

    Did anyone ever hear of the Schumann resonances? I did a search above but nothing came up. Could this be responsible for the hum? Pardon me if this has already been discussed.


  44. Lisa Allen says:

    Thanks, Janet. I glanced at the video but it’s over an hour so I will watch it this weekend. Looks interesting!

  45. Lisa Allen says:

    A friend just sent this to me. Is this going to make things worse? It doesn’t sound good:


  46. J.Brakels says:

    Worldmap The Hum:

    Worldmap Microwave:

    YouTube The Hum en the Microwave europe:

  47. George G. says:

    Impressive presentation, well done and top marks for production skill.

    Unfortunately, it is speculation, with little substance to the Hum discussion.

    Let us superimpose maps of milk drinkers, or meat eaters, vegetarians, or people who still play chess over a Hum sufferers map.

    Would we see similar correlation to your cartoon?

    Give it a try, and while you are at it think about scientific research procedures, not drama.

    • I agree. We established several years ago that there is a rock-solid correlation between the density of Hum reports and population density. Therefore, we can use any proxy variable we choose, from public restrooms to whatever. If somebody wants to establish causation as opposed to correlation, then he or she would need to show zero a low density of Hum reports where there is high population density and low levels of EM pollution/microwaves/whatever. Then we might be on to something, but I’ve seen no such evidence.

  48. J. Brakels says:

    Auditory response to pulsed radiofrequency energy.


    The human auditory response to pulses of radiofrequency (RF) energy, commonly called RF hearing, is a well established phenomenon.

    RF induced sounds can be characterized as low intensity sounds because, in general, a quiet environment is required for the auditory response.

    The sound is similar to other common sounds such as a click, buzz, hiss, knock, or chirp. Effective radiofrequencies range from 2.4 to 10 000 MHz, but an individual’s ability to hear RF induced sounds is dependent upon high frequency acoustic hearing in the kHz range above about 5 kHz.

    The site of conversion of RF energy to acoustic energy is within or peripheral to the cochlea, and once the cochlea is stimulated, the detection of RF induced sounds in humans and RF induced auditory responses in animals is similar to acoustic sound detection.

    The fundamental frequency of RF induced sounds is independent of the frequency of the radiowaves but dependent upon head dimensions.

    The auditory response has been shown to be dependent upon the energy in a single pulse and not on average power density.
    The weight of evidence of the results of human, animal, and modeling studies supports the thermoelastic expansion theory as the explanation for the RF hearing phenomenon.

    RF induced sounds involve the perception via bone conduction of thermally generated sound transients, that is, audible sounds are produced by rapid thermal expansion resulting from a calculated temperature rise of only 5 × 10−6 °C in tissue at the threshold level due to absorption of the energy in the RF pulse.

    The hearing of RF induced sounds at exposure levels many orders of magnitude greater than the hearing threshold is considered to be a biological effect without an accompanying health effect.

    This conclusion is supported by a comparison of pressure induced in the body by RF pulses to pressure associated with hazardous acoustic energy and clinical ultrasound procedures.



    • A few of us are aware of this study, but its implications for the Hum are difficult to establish: the power levels required are not realistic, the frequencies discussed in the paper are easily blocked by shielding, and the reported sounds do not match what we experience.

  49. Lisa Allen says:

    I just returned from my trip to Scotland and although I didn’t hear the hum while up and about, when I put my head on the pillow at night I heard that same pulsing beat in my ear that I hear in my home in South Carolina, though it was a bit softer and I could fall asleep. This happened in Edinburgh, Stirling, St. Andrews, and the Isle of Skye, a remote area in the Highlands where there is spotty wi-fi and cell phone service. So weird.

  50. annamaeforever says:

    here in Florida we were without power for 6 days due to hurricane irma and
    I was wondering what would happen. it was still loud and vibratory so I have ruled out any connection to the power in this area. we were dead out of power for miles and miles.

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