Where is that strange humming noise coming from…

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People all across the planet have reported hearing a strange humming/droning noise at the dead of night usually in their bedrooms like my wife and myself heard last evening.

This is a bit off topic but as I am in an industry that makes a living out of recording sound and vision I feel obliged to report this weird phenomena that has occurred a second time over the last two years.

I was in the edit suite which is right next door to our bed room when my wife came in and asked me what the humming noise was, it was about 1.30am. I switched off all the equipment and could still faintly hear a low, almost mains hum in our bedroom, it is officially reported to be between 40-80 Hz.

I decided to see if the noise was only in the house or outside so we drove round the local area in Burnside, Rutherglen stopping and listening, strangely the noise could also be heard a quarter of a mile up the hill from my house facing south but going the same distance north, nothing.

I looked for the obvious train line maintenance or any kind of construction but once again nothing, the same happened about a year and a half ago and we went through the same exercise.

This strange low frequency hum has also been reported from Canada and England all with the same story only noticeable at night, we don’t have any overhead pylons anywhere near us so it remains a mystery.

Is mother earth being mined under our very feet ?

A recent question… “Anyone have any ideas why it’s mostly heard at night and in the bedroom?”

Editor : Night time is simple…a lot less noise from cars, birds etc its probably in every room but you are more in tune with your bedroom as you spend a third of your life in it and more importantly in the same place i.e.. your position in your bed remains a constant so your ears are highly tuned to that particular space.

“The Hum is a mysterious and untraceable sound that is heard in certain locations around the world by two to ten percent of the population. Historically, the area that has been most affected by the Hum is the United Kingdom, where reports have been frequent since the early 1970s. In the United States, Hum reports date from the early 1990s, with the two most publicized locations being Taos, New Mexico, and Kokomo, Indiana. The source of the Hum has never been located. The Hum does not appear to be a form of tinnitus and may not be an acoustic sound. More than just a noise, the Hum is also capable of manifesting as vibrations felt throughout the body and is often accompanied by a suite of physical symptoms that includes headaches, nausea, and pain in the ears. Analysis of the largely anecdotal data that are available at the present time suggests that the most probable explanation is that some people have the capability to interpret radio transmissions at certain wavelengths as sound. It is well established in the scientific literature that people can hear electromagnetic energy at certain frequencies and peak power levels. Previous studies have found that a subset of the population has an electromagnetic sensitivity that is significantly greater than the mean. Several hypotheses are considered and discussed as possible sources of the Hum. These include cellular telephone transmissions, LORAN, HAARP, and the TACAMO aircraft operated by the US Navy for the purpose of submarine communications. “


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410 comments on this post

  1. Richard says:

    Ah, just noticed Roslin – UK.

  2. L says:

    It is in b flat mainly ive checked the frequency many times

  3. chris says:

    i am in the US and noticing that the HUM is much louder in winter months than summer months. anyone else have a similar observance?

  4. Kirstie says:

    I live in a very small town in south east Australia but have heard the hum in all the places I have lived including Melbourne

  5. Kirstie says:

    Hi carol did you end up setting up a Facebook page

  6. Kirstie says:


    Found the Facebook page for this that are interested :)

  7. kim says:

    this has been very invasive and sort of sickening in Mesa, AZ,USA-anything from almost an electric, buzzing feel under the feet-indoors and out- to a head thrumming similar to when a car window is cracked open at certain speeds. My indoor pets (cage free rabbits and birds) have noticed this at times, and so has company- no one can figure it out, or even which direction it comes from.Glad it is not just our imaginations!

  8. Lynda Mountfort says:

    My experience started in March this year, which is the last month roughly of NZ summer. Been pretty consistent over winter, but less so for the last month to 6 weeks, only one or two really severe nights when the oscillations are faster and seem to speed me up as well! So will be interesting to see if it continues to be less severe through our summer which is starting now.

  9. Garry says:

    Hi Lynda, Where in NZ are you? I’m in Timaru and have noticed the same as you. I’m wondering if it has a relation to the oil companies with their “fracking”.
    We’re on the edge of the Pacific plate – I reckon the vibrations from fracking in the northern hemisphere could be resonating through the bed rock. I may be dampened by groundwater levels at certain times of year. Just an idea, Cheers.

  10. Seve says:

    Found the same thing ,when its 20 degrees plus at night in the summer ,i cant here it ,the colder the whether the louder the noise.
    I’m in the Goldfields in Australia

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