I never heard of "The HUM" until I read about it the other day, but I can't stand noise -- when I hear a neighbor's Hi-Fi -- the bass beat reverberating in my walls -- I go nuts!!!!
Some people have said The HUM sounds like a heavy diesel engine idling in the distance. Others say the sound starts low and becomes a high-pitched buzz. This map shows that it's been reported from everywhere in the world -- from Vancouver in Canada to Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Is this mysterious noise a provable scientific fact -- is it real, or a delusion?
Researching, I learned that throughout the 20th and 21st century, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have reported hearing it. It started drawing media attention in England when the Bristol Sunday Mirror asked, in 1977, “Have You Heard the Hum?” Letters came flooding in from places that were far from the hustle and bustle of cities, describing an idling diesel engine noise that was audible at night, mostly indoors.
A nurse in a small village in Scotland said, "A thick, low hum permeating the entire house is keeping me awake. My husband, who has tinnitus, doesn't hear it, but when I ask others about it, they look at me like I was mad. The Hum makes me sometimes dizzy and nauseous."
Doctors have said the noise could be as a result of tinnitus or Ménière’s disease, but nothing conclusive has been published in medical journals. Hearing protectors do not help. Patients have reported that when they wore ear plugs, their body vibrated. High quality microphones cannot record the sound, and more often than not, other people in the immediate vicinity don't hear anything.
Experts have said the sound could be industrial equipment, or high-pressure gas lines, wireless communication devices, electrical power lines, electromagnetic radiation, the mating calls of fish reverberating off ship hulls and buildings.
In 2010, Time Magazine listed The Hum as the 7th most annoying sound in the world, while LiveScience featured it in their "Top 10 Unexplained Phenomenon.”
I read this to my husband who said, "Good God, we already have enough unexplained things to worry about," so I showed him these videos.
2006, Taos, New Mexico.
The HUM is real. If you've heard it, tell others about it -- use social media to spread the word, so that scientists will find out what is causing it and what we need to do about it.
If you're not convinced, this video is very convincing.