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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658 comments on this post

  1. Dee says:

    Hi Sue sorry it has been ages since i was last on and to arrange to meet. Been having a horrendous time re noise and trying to find somewhere to sleep at night. My housing association are now moving me out of Edinburgh..!!! It would still be good to meet up ..
    the noise has been particularly bad over the past 3-4 weeks my health has taken a downward spiral 🙁

  2. Sue says:

    Hello Dee
    is there a secure email you can send me? e should certainly meet up so I can listen to your hum.

  3. carol says:

    The vibration was terrible last nigh here in Holt Park/Cookridge Leeds.
    It seems to effect my right ear most, which becomes quite sore. I managed to sleep eventually, but not restful sleep, feeling anxious about it, not control on when it occurs, how loud it is, its exhausting noise.

  4. Hi Carol I have put messages on this site before.Over the last weekend the noise has been dreadful. ful on all day and vibration under the floor. A web site may be of interest, ( I am in New Zealand Tauranga) http://www.thehum.info/ reserch and a data base is being collected. 10000 people world wide have entered there location, A world map can be looked at at sites all over where this type of noise is troubling people such as us. We are not the only ones!!! Take care Pat

  5. Denise Duneclift says:

    I live in Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, UK, it has been very loud again here again ,especially last night the bed vibrating & i have had little sleep .

  6. john says:

    Hi Carol

    I’m in Leeds too and the Hum is pretty bad here, has been for years. Can’t hear it outside just indoors. Think it is a pressure wave. If you open a window and stick your head out its gone. Does help sometimes. Only solution i found is to playback white noise on some small headphones. You can get an app on your phone. Look for White Noise Generator on Google Play by Hipxel.

  7. carol says:

    Hi John, yes it has been bad last few nights again. My brother in Moortown hears it too. I had the window open a bit last night, and it did help. I will try the white noise. Thanks. Carol

  8. Hi Here in Papamoa/ Tauranga New Zealand the noise has been bad for two days, like others I eventually sleep but not easy. I use an MP 3 player down load favorite songs. That helps at night when quite- except for that HUM !!!

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