Can you hear The Hum? It has been heard in isolated places around the world.
And those who hear it can experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, nosebleeds and sleep disturbances… But what is causing THE HUM still baffles scientists.
A 2003 study by acoustical consultant Geoff Leventhall, from Surrey, shows that one in 50 people who live in a Hum-prone place hear the noise, and that most of these people are aged between 55 and 70.
The clue to the origin of the HUM will maybe come from the Windsor Hum in Canada. But up to now, scientists were unable to identify the source of The Hum.
THE HUM is a noise that only two per cent of people can hear, but this low droning sound would be enough to drive anyone mad.
Scientists have been left baffled because they can’t figure out what causes a phenomenon called The Hum, or why it affects so few people. Sufferers have identified common factors: It is a low, rumbling noise, it is louder at night, and is more common in more rural areas. Often sufferers otherwise have perfectly normal hearing, and The Hum goes away when they leave a certain area.
Possible origins of strange sounds are summarized here. Some suggest that the noise is in fact tinnitus, a condition that makes the sufferer hear noise that isn’t there, but it is thought that the noise is in fact real. Suspected sources are industrial equipment, gas lines, power lines, and wireless communication, despite few cases being linked to them. Others suggest that it is a result of low-frequency electromagnetic radiation or seismic activity such as microseisms that are only perceptible to a select few.
Although, some experts have suggested sufferers turn to cognitive behavioural or sound therapy to help deal with the noise. But, it is unlikely The Hum will be solved any time soon.
THE HUM has been a mystery for 40 years, so it may well remain one for a lot longer.