Are You Kept Awake At Night By The Hum?

For the last three nights, I have been woken around 5:30 am by a hum.  On the first night, I was so convinced there was a noise indoors, that I walked around the house in the dark checking to see if there were any fridge/freezers buzzing or machines left on.

Nothing.

It was windy outside so I wondered if the sound was coming from the vibration of the cables crisscrossing our street.

The Husband, who I regularly drive insane with my health niggles, says it is just a new tinnitus tone and I need to stop focusing on it and switch off.

Easier said than done.

It wouldn’t be so bad if I hadn’t once read about “The Bristol Hum”, a low droning noise audible at night which has been plaguing some residents since the 1970s.

Then, experts were drafted in who put The Hum down to factory noise, electricity pylons or tinnitus, although some suggested flying saucers or secret military activity. Eventually, the hum stopped as abruptly as it began, but by then there were reports of equally unidentified hums in other towns across Britain.

French scientists now say that The Hum is caused by continuous waves causing the ocean floor to vibrate – a sound which apparently only 2% of the population can detect.

That, in my case, is a theory which doesn’t, if you pardon the pun, hold any water.

Trying googling electromagnetic fields – EMF (yes I know I shouldn’t) and you’ll find loads of sites telling you how bad these are for your health.

Among the symptoms exposure to EMF is claimed to have caused are unexplained headaches, fatigue, digestive problems and sleeping disorders. Even the increase in immune deficiency disorders has been linked to EMF.

The most likely culprits for an increase in EMF exposure include wireless power meters (so-called smart meters), cell phones, cell towers, wireless routers, and cordless phones. Most of these types of technologies expose you to both electric and magnetic fields.

I have seen several reports recently in the tinnitus forums online about the negative effect smart meters and water meters have been having on the dreadful buzz sufferers have to live with 24/7.

Many of us are constantly exposed to WiFi.  Sleep problems, hypertension and depression are just three of the symptoms linked to our seeming inability these days to put our phones, PCs and tablets down.

The adoption of WiFi-based gadgets and its infiltration into many aspects of our daily lives seems to be an unstoppable juggernaut.  We want cleaner, quicker, smarter and we want it now.

But I suspect that there may be an untold price to pay in the effect of this technology on our health.

It is possible, of course, that what I have is hyperacusis – defined as a reduced tolerance to normal environmental sounds. Sufferers also struggle to deal with quick shifts in sound loudness. Hyperacusis often accompanies tinnitus.

I have, despite my hearing loss at a medium frequency, always had good hearing at low frequency.  I can hear a boiler come on a mile away and find the throb of a sound system’s bass beyond annoying.

When these machines are designed, are the engineers actually taking the noise these things generate into account?  Hair driers, coffee machines, blenders – louder seems to be better. But why?

Have we lost the ability to sit in silence?  (Those of us with tinnitus lost that ability ages ago sadly).

As for me, I am still not sure whether what I am hearing is external or a development in the musical cacophony of tinnitus sounds it is possible to experience.  It is also possible that my insomnia is caused by the menopause.

One thing is for certain, I won’t be having a smart meter, or solar panels (please stop phoning!) and I won’t be moving anywhere near a mobile phone mast or electricity pylon.

That might sound neurotic but trust me, when you feel as if you’re vibrating like a tuning fork, it makes perfect sense!

I just hope I can reclaim my sleep because if I wasn’t a ‘morning person’ before, I’m certainly not one now!

Have you experienced The Hum?

235 Comments

  1. Val, Bristol, UK
    21 July, 2021 / 10:52 am

    Hi Linda,

    Do you still hear it, for my information? I stopped hearing it for a long periods of time since February this year. I had 3 months of quiet since Feb, then a couple of nights but not very intense in May, same mid June, and beginning July. I have already hand written a letter to Boris, am in regular contact with Kerry McCarthy, my labour MP. Through your forum I met so many lovely people, with whom we have a WhatsApp group. If you or anyone else has any good suggestions or wants to join our group, please feel free. My number is 07880 518694.
    Also, if you don’t want to do any of the above, please sign our petition, which has “only” 168 signatures. It’s great that this many people signed but it’s by far not enough to reach No10. That’s why I wrote to PM….
    I’m still trying to keep the momentum to find the source of this. However, there most likely are more than 1 source….but I’m still trying, same as mechanical engineer Steve in Connecticut 🙂 He experiences it since 2009, has lobbied US govt, to no avail….as yet.

    • linda
      Author
      21 July, 2021 / 11:48 am

      Hi Val – yes I do unfortunately. We have moved house since I wrote the post and now live on the top of a hill in more open countryside. Our house overlooks the village and there is some sort of drone most nights – whether from a local waterworks, powerstation or engineering works on the railway line. We have installed windows with acoustic glass which reduces the problem quite a bit but in this heat I find trying to sleep with the windows open too distracting.

  2. Val, Bristol, UK
    17 July, 2021 / 7:13 am

    Hi All,
    I am still trying to find the source. My MP Kerry had a response from defra minister Rebecca Pow, who was very dismissive that this phenomena affects a very little number of people.
    Could I ask you all that come back to this page to write to Kerry? She’s supportive and wants my response…
    Her email is kerry.mccarthy.mp@parliament.uk
    Thank you xxx

  3. Louise P
    1 July, 2021 / 4:47 am

    Hi All,

    It is currently 4:30am and I have found myself for the first time scrolling through the internet trying to find some explanation to the low frequency hum/vibration sound which has been driving me mad for the last few months. I live on the Wirral, North West Uk and after a strange louder vibration noise woke my husband and I a few months ago which we could only think of as being extraterrestrial at the time (haha!) I have since been plagued with what feels like the aftermath of this event.
    We live on a small road of semi detached houses and bungalows, over the road from us is a field which was once an old mine of some sort and half way down the road (probably around 20 houses down from us is an electricity pylon.
    I often think that the pylon could be the cause of this but I don’t think this would explain the one off louder event those months ago… what do you think?
    My husband can no longer hear the sound and thinks it is just in my head but I know it’s not. I have stood outside my house from time to time and been able to hear it outside although it doesn’t seem as loud but I think this may be due to other outdoor sounds being present.

    We have just started an extension as we feel this is where we want to stay and raise our kids but I can’t help but feel this could have been a mistake and that this noise is going to ruin many aspects of life for me here.

    Please let me know what you think or if you can shed any light on this for me.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Val, Bristol
      6 July, 2021 / 3:07 pm

      Hi Louise,
      Sounds similar to what I experienced for the first time beginning of last August. One of my contacts in Connecticut, US, is convinced it’s gas main pipelines. I will share a link to his video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwE8kIBd1xY

      I am still no closer to finding out the source of this phenomena. I am pushing for answers, giving it my time.
      There are many theories. I want HM Govt to investigate, am pushing my MP to help. I sent a hand written letter to Boris Johnson to investigate, find source and regulate! It was signed for last Tue!
      I have tried so many avenues but still no wiser!
      Everyone, check out our petition and you could help massively by signing it. Please share it with people you know will sign too https://www.change.org/StopTheHum

      Thank you xxxx

      • john lee
        8 July, 2021 / 7:58 pm

        it is caused by large large gas powered central heating & gas engines for large complexes i e universities public gyms eco modern housing estates its low frequency vibrating note penetrates buildings i have had to listen to it for years & wear earplugs most nights to sleep my wife who is the same age as myself does not hear it i tell her how can you not hear that its more noticeable at night because the ambient day noise has eased down

        • Val, Bristol
          21 July, 2021 / 10:28 am

          Thanks for your suggestion John Lee.
          Is the hum gone for you now? X

    • Jay
      10 July, 2021 / 10:35 am

      Start looking at industrial sites within a few miles from your home.

      I’ve got a similar issue. I experience a 24 x 7 hum (that gets louder at night) that I can hear and my mrs can’t.

      I’ve had the council install measuring equipment in my home and they have proven there is a 40hz hum/vibration in the day that then switches to a 50hz vibration at night. I live over a mile away from an industrial estate and the council have a theory that one of the premises there could be the source of the problem. They strongly believe it’s mechanical or electrical due to the frequency.

      This premises runs fans on the outside of their building that are on 24 x 7.

      That company are cooperating and running some tests with the council but it took me 2 years to get to this point.

      If it is them then it’s almost unbelievable to think the noise comes from them. The fans barely make any noise when you are stood next to that building and aren’t even very big. This is a large facility and the fans are maybe 3 feet wide (there are 2 of them). They don’t sound much louder than an idling car when you are near them. Lots of other potentially loud business on that industrial estate that I can’t hear at all.

      These fans point in the direction of my house and potentially the sounds waves or vibrations hit me in just the right way that my walls then conduct the sound and inside it’s like I’m stood inside a bass drum. I can physically feel the vibration in my body and it sounds like someone is mowing the lawn in the distance all day everyday – it’s very loud. My mrs doesn’t pick up low frequency sounds so she can’t hear it – it’s just a difference in our hearing. But the noise is very real and has been verified, I’m not going mad which I thought I was.

      The council are confident that if it isn’t this place then it’s a similar industrial problem which we can possibly figure out by process of elimination with a map. The key to it was getting the hz measurement.

      Have you asked your local council to do any recording so they can be reasonably certain what the noise could be. Ie water rumbling will sound different to mechanical noise with the right equipment used by the right person who understands the results. The council I’m sure could provide you this help.

      • Val, Bristol, UK
        21 July, 2021 / 10:37 am

        Hi Jay,
        Sounds like you have a good council support. Where do you live? My Bristol City Council refused to help because I don’t know the source! Ridiculous! I was fuming, this was end of last Aug.
        I don’t experience it atm, and haven’t intensely for a while, but am anxious it might come back….And also to help others who still have it because it’s heartbreaking xxxx
        And yes, when intense, my body vibrated when it rumbled. Also heard it as a vroom….I felt like a guinea pig….

  4. Lee
    1 July, 2021 / 12:37 am

    Bit odd. Just started hearing a hum like a machine is buzzing inside the wall. Super low hum/vibration. Only happens when the world is very still and dark. I can break it by clearing my ears but then it starts again. I woke my hubby the other day to see if he could hear it. Glad lm not going crazy to find this article.

  5. Cjb1981
    29 June, 2021 / 10:50 pm

    Me too. Bought a new house in October and first or second night, j thought I was going crazy. Put on the local site about the noise and no one responded. Then I thought I had tinnitus from my party days. House is lovely, drone is not. I stay in hotels for a break… so peaceful! Didn’t hear it in my old house either. Weird and annoying!

  6. Den
    25 June, 2021 / 1:47 am

    I live in the Midlands and at the moment enjoying my life is almost impossible thanks to someone installing a hot tub. Specifically, the buzzing vibration sound that is being emitted almost non-stop. Over the course of several months this thing as I would say been used twice.

    Now, I will say that it takes a lot to get my goat and it bothers me if I ever upset someone. I’m not one of these people who likes to complain about anything as I understand we all make noise to an extent. But my God (and anyone else going through the same thing will understand this), the low-frequency noise from this thing is simply unbearable. I cannot relax, concentrate or sleep irrespective of whether I am inside or out. The walls of my house – which must be at least 40 to 50 feet away from the source and behind multiple fence panels – literally “buzz”. Imagine having a freight train or truck idling outside your ears almost 24/7… It’s not the amplitude but the frequency that you notice.

    Double-glazing makes no difference. Same for headphones. The nature of this noise is such that you may not hear it at the source, but the moment it hits solid objects in a specific direction, it can be amplified, including by virtue of the recipient object’s ‘natural frequency’.

    If anyone things I’m being pedantic or unreasonable, then can I ask the following. How would you like, for months on end, to have a constant noise in your ears vibrating your head day in, day out? Wouldn’t you be at your wits’ end? I am. It’s making me ill. I am not having my sleep. I am having headaches and other stress/fatigue related symptoms. My blood pressure is through the roof. I do not go inside my house or in the garden if I have to. I hate where I live – up until this point I loved it, I never had any issues with the neighbours until this.

    But WHY on earth are these things allowed to be erected by any Tom, Dick or Harry? The electricity board would not be allowed to get away with it. Barking dogs and loud music are anti-social, but the law turns a blind eye.

    It beggars belief this does, the lengths the victims of this anti-social hell have to go to in order to try and find some respite. Why? Why isn’t there any checks and balances to ensure these things do NOT make those around them ill, having been operated by someone who leaves them running day and night on the off chance they might actually use the thing once in a blue moon? It’s not right. It’s not right that victims should do all the work, at their cost, when someone such as in my case can just continue to be an outright a-hole for the sake of it, with the full backing of the law.

    The upshot here is that I am, through no fault of my own, planning to move from somewhere I’ve lived for 20 years. The noise and resultant impact on my health is too much. My study and work life has also suffered. Now where are we as a society going to be in five years as these machines become ever-more popular? A ridiculous state of affairs, and on a global scale – the hum of these hot tubs can destroy your peace and your health in the blink of an eye. This is what happens when you drive people to their limit, so if anyone is thinking about getting one then please take these issues into account.

    • Val, Bristol, UK
      6 July, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      Hi Den,
      Are you sure the source of the hum is a hot tub?
      Why would it be running day and night?
      If you are sure, and you know who it belongs to, report it to your local council as a noise nuisance! They have to help you if you know the source.

  7. Melanie Howard
    20 June, 2021 / 1:53 am

    I thought I was going mad!!!
    I’ve heard “the hum” several times in the past, as I write this it’s 01:47 in Earlham, Norwich, Norfolk and I’m trying to sleep but thanks to that bloody hum outside and it’s definitely outside as I’ve just asked Mr S if he could hear it and omg yes! He said yes! He could hear it too! So I’m not going mad, it’s not a Melanie thing lol 😂
    It has been sounding on and off for about the last hour I’d say, it’s always this sort of time when I’ve heard it. Who or what is it? I mean none of us really does know for sure who or what is out there do we? 🤔🤔🤔

    • linda
      Author
      20 June, 2021 / 9:35 am

      Hi Melanie – no you are definitely not mad! x

    • Val, Bristol
      23 June, 2021 / 6:55 pm

      Hi Melanie,
      I am still no closer to finding out the source of this phenomena. I am pushing for answers, giving it my time.
      There are many theories. I want HM Govt to investigate, am pushing my MP to help. I’m also composing a hand written letter to Boris Johnson to investigate, find source and regulate!
      I have tried so many avenues but still no wiser!
      Everyone, check out our petition and you could help massively by signing it. Please share it with people you know will sign too https://www.change.org/StopTheHum
      Thank you xxxx

  8. Abbie
    2 June, 2021 / 1:20 am

    I live on Canvey Island in the UK and I have only just started to notice this and it is doing my head in already. It is like a loud base of the stereo or the sound of engine running. It goes quiet and then it gets louder n louder and then back down again. Always starts after 11pm. I feel like I’m losing my mind already I can’t sleep cause the vibration is so loud it’s all I can hear.

    • 19 June, 2021 / 6:07 am

      Is their any thing we can do but get use to it!!!!

  9. Karen
    30 May, 2021 / 12:47 am

    I’ve heard the hum since 2001 and had just bought a house in Rochdale UK.
    I was convinced it was a car engine or generator, but could never find it & it only ever happened at night.
    Over the years, I lived in 3 different houses and heard the hum in all 3.

    Fast forward to this year, I moved 175 miles away to North Northumberland… In a quiet village about 2 miles from the sea. I was really hoping my ‘theory’ about it being a city noise was right, but sadly no….since moving here, it is twice as loud and is 24/7
    It’s driving me insane!!
    It’s a low, bass like continuous pulsating him and causes my ears to feel uncomfortable.
    24 hours a day….7 days a week!

    I also have tinnitus, which operates at a totally different level on top of the hum!!
    The tinnitus I can cope with, but the hum I can’t.
    I’m devastated as we bought our little dream cottage, only for my quality of life to be ruined by this hum.

    I just don’t know where to turn 😥

  10. Val, Brisol, UK
    29 May, 2021 / 7:15 am

    Hi everyone,

    I am actively trying to find the source and finally got my MP on board, Kerry McCarthy promised she’ll try to help me lobby her Majesty’s govt. I am however also still pushing for a petition to make our govt to do 3 things: 1) Investigate; 2) Find source and 3) Regulate! Simple!
    I have a WhatsApp group now with fellow sufferers. If you’d like to join, you’re welcome, contact me 🙂

    The petition link is: https://www.change.org/StopTheHum
    If you signed and shared this with your family, friends and people you know would sign, that’d be great!
    Thank you 🙂

  11. Topcat
    16 May, 2021 / 9:24 am

    I too live in Southwest UK not too far from Bristol. The hum started again for me last night after a break for around a month. It’s low pulsating drone accompanied by a whining higher tone. Its like torture. I have driven up the road to try find the source but can’t find anything. I had the council out to log a noise complaint but the person they sent out cound not hear it and labelled me sensitive. I gave up going down that route as felt they weren’t interested and lacked the skills to help.

    • Val, Bristol, UK
      29 May, 2021 / 7:05 am

      Hi Topcat. Would you like to contact me? I am still trying to find the source. I had an email from my MP Kerry McCarty this Thursday 27 May’21 and she is sympathetic and contacted some minister (didn’t say who) to investigate.
      Please call or text on 07880 518694 or email v.cross972@gmail.com.
      Val, Bristol, UK. 🙂

  12. Skylar
    16 May, 2021 / 7:15 am

    I’m kinda glad that I’m not the only one that hears a humming noise. I have been hearing every single night when I’m laying in bed. It sounds like it’s coming from outside. I thought I was going crazy. No one else in my house hears it.

    • Tina
      26 May, 2021 / 7:16 am

      I am not in the UK but I hear it. I just moved to a new state and have been experiencing it for the last 3 nights. My husband can’t hear it and claims I am imagining it. You are definitely not going crazy.

      • Val, Bristol, UK
        29 May, 2021 / 7:09 am

        Morning Tina,

        Please try to explain to your husband that it is real. Show him the following youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwE8kIBd1xY
        Steve is in Connecticut. I guess you live in the US? If you want, I can put you in touch with him, however, he suffered with it approx 12 yrs now and didn’t find a solution.
        You are free to contact me if you want. I am actively trying to find the source and stop it.

  13. Laura
    14 May, 2021 / 6:06 pm

    I am in Nottingham and have exactly the same problem! It’s like a pulsating low humming sound, and sounds very similar to the sound you’d get if you blew over an empty glass bottle. It seems louder than ever at the moment and pulses through my pillow making it difficult to sleep. My husband thought I was bonkers but now he can hear it as well, although it doesn’t bother him. I wear ear plugs but I can still hear/feel it through them!

    • JL Smit
      21 May, 2021 / 8:34 am

      I have the same problem. The vibration/ hum is driving me nuts. I have determined that it is the neighbors across the street venting their grow room into the sewer system. Can’t get anyone to help though, they all think you are nuts

  14. Val, Bristol
    14 May, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    Yezterday I saw on the news a report about the HS2. I hated this project from the start, it’s wrong for many reasons. However, watching the great drilling beasts made me think that our humming/vibration that we hear and feel could be the caused by underground drilling. It started for me end of last July, stopped this Feb, however just a couple of times I felt more than heard it… I want to make govt to launch an investigation into this because I came across some people affected too much. If you can, please sign my petition, link below. It’d help greatly ❤

    https://www.change.org/StopTheHum

    • Rachel
      19 May, 2021 / 8:13 am

      Hi val. Couldn’t figure out how to comment aside hitting a reply link so I picked your most immediate comment to reply.

      Rachel, 33 yo, San Antonio Texas USA
      I started to hear this $*** at least 2 years ago, and it seemed to become less noticable last year (2021) but I am hearing it more again. I’ve always been pretty sensitive to sound and hi frequencies like old tube TV’s. Now days though….I couldn’t tell you what it is I hear anymore because all frequencies are filling up with more $**t all the time and I now have far bigger problems than a distant lawnmower idling all night and day somewhere in the distance.

      I have morgellons disease, which showed up about 3 yrs ago. I never used to take too seriously anything that seemed ”out there”, but lemme just say on the record that experiencing what I now have on the biological level from my own body and what I now know is possible in waking reality …… No theory is too weird anymore. There are some major shifts happening to our planet and it’s unfortunate that those of us still aware in our bodies are the Frontline of suffering the effects. I have a feeling this is about to start emerging in full scope presently, with many attached components that will likely be hard to want to consider.

      Keep your mind open, though. Listen to your body as it clearly cannot be fooled.

      Best wishes. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

      P.s. try using a recording app on your phone and place on baseboard of your car under a backseat or something and record for a couple hours as you go about town on your day, and analyze later on a computer. You can use noise reduction to eliminate the cars main engine sounds and most of what’s left is a distant droning, which fades in and almost out as you move through the landscape. These noises have central points, it can’t be just water lines. I suspect towers.

    • Steve in CT
      20 May, 2021 / 12:14 pm

      Hi Val
      I would suggest the sufferers/ participants watch this video if they truly wish to start to figure out their source of the low frequency sound and vibration conditions. In most cases had nothing to do with EMF.

      https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/video/593992/

      • Val, Bristol, UK
        29 May, 2021 / 7:23 am

        Hi Steve, (Kohlhase)?

        I am spreading this video to people already. It’s amazingly professionally done, I love the music too. When I first saw it, I was soooo relieved that I’m not going mad!!!
        Thank you Xxx

  15. Damian
    12 May, 2021 / 7:36 pm

    I hear the same, it’s driving me nuts! It’s a pulsating, low frequency drone, and I cannot find it’s source. It’s horrible. My wife says she can barely hear a thing. I’ve woken up to it recently and it continues all day and all night. I thought it might be wind down the chimney, but it’s not windy now and I can still hear it.

  16. Val Cross, Bristol
    26 April, 2021 / 6:32 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Could I post a link to my petition I created yesterday? I met so many brilliant people through this forum you luckily created. If that’s okay, link is below:
    https://www.change.org/StopTheHum

    Anybody who experiences this hum / vibration, please sign this petition, I meed 100,000 signatures to be able to deliver it to our PM Boris Johnson, Environment secretary George Eustice, and Government.
    Thank you in advance ❤❤❤

    • Curtis
      29 April, 2021 / 4:49 pm

      Just signed up! We need to talk about this… it’s literally insane… I keep hearing it inside for the past year now.

      It’s not a sound though it’s a feeling but it sounds like a hum. Some kind of resonance I believe.

      • Val, Bristol
        7 May, 2021 / 1:32 pm

        Thank you very much for signing Curtis, I can see your name, you live in London, correct? Please spread the word about this petition.
        Could you contact me please? 🙂
        Val 07880 518694.

  17. Ruben
    14 April, 2021 / 4:36 pm

    Hello everyone I’m from Fullerton CA located in orange county I to have recently heard this for the first time in my life. At first I thought it was coming from an exterior source but after about a week I realised its a new low frequency tinnitus sound. It’s not coming from the outside per say but it “attaches” to other sounds and just makes it louder or mimics it. I’ve suffered with tinnitus for a while maybe around 22….I’m 27 now. What I may also suggest is that I have TMJ going to see a specialist in about 2 weeks it may be a low tinnitus that just amplifies during night because It woke me up the first time and scared the shit out of me, I thought it was my hottub but its been broken for a while. Weirdest thing I can observe here is that there are very many of us from Orange county CA and surrounding……idk?! I pray this gets resolved for each one of you. Sadly I’ve had nothing but ear issues all through my 20s and am jumping from 1 specialist to another…..it may be autoimmune in nature? Anyways keep strong guys there is always I repeat always a solution nothing is permanent but death and taxes lol

    • Rachel
      22 May, 2021 / 3:26 am

      I have also noticed that it attaches to other sounds as you most especially White noise type sounds such as a leaf blower, bathroom vent fan, vacuum cleaner etc and almost even starts to make new sounds out of the turbulent waves between the two. Some of these can resemble voices or whatever your brain is ready to interpret from the noise. I’ve never heard voices before all this started and I hear shit all the time now. Even my grandmother has agreed that there’s been some weird noises in the house of late.

      One thing disturbing that I’ve noticed a similar type of phenomenon is the sound from the TV when she’s watching the news. There are so many layers to the sound that some of it sounds like it’s in the house and other places. What freaked me out a little bit recently was standing in the kitchen amongst the hanging cast iron pans… I could hear an arpeggiation sound almost like in a techno song with the high synth arpeggiating a tune bouncing off the pots and pans from the sound of the TV while the news coverage broadcasted a story about covid. When the news story moved on to another bit completely unrelated to covid the arpeggiating stopped. I wasn’t sure if I was imagining this so I stood in the kitchen for another 10 minutes and sure enough the next couple of bits that involved covid also have the arpeggiation sound again. I have no idea how to explain this but it goes along with the same kind of bizarre sound experiences I’ve had since noticing the hum a few years ago.

  18. Brian
    4 April, 2021 / 9:15 am

    We’ve been afflicted by low frequency on/off humming thought the night and day formtje past 6 months by next door installing a hot tub on their decking. An electrical transformer thing attached to the back of their house switches on/off emitting this buzz. Can feel it / hear itnin the house. At night in our garden when there is no traffic, it sounds like living nextdoor to an power line buzzing away. Council environmental health will do nothing as there is no legislation for these things. We live in a 50s terrace. My wife has moved into the room farthest from next door to escape this tormenting drone. We’ve been here 25 years and new neighbours who are tracksuit wearing chavs

    • linda
      Author
      4 April, 2021 / 2:29 pm

      Sorry to hear that Brian. Is the electrical unit on a timer? Could you ask them to at least limit it to social hours? I can’t see any reason why it should be left on all night – it must be costing them a bit in electricity.

  19. Anonymous
    17 March, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    I’ve been living with exactly the same problem as u describe. It all started on jun 3rd 2017 and it drives me insane. I’ve had environmental health out. Put rubber feet on my bed to stop vibrations coming up through my pillow. I’ve even moved house and I still hear a low hum, granted only about 2 miles from my previous address but enough to know it wasnt a local thing. I live in Hampshire, uk and know that parts of my city are known by few to hum. I’m fine outside although I still hear it! I’m slowly learning to live with it but initially I could feel it affecting my organs as well as my sleep/ mental health. It has definitely taken a piece of my happiness and confidence.

    • Val, Bristol
      20 March, 2021 / 7:42 pm

      Hi,

      I’m so sorry you have been affected so much!!! It is heartbreaking to hear that…

      Please try to contact your electricity distributor centre, they should have 24/7 emergency number. You should call even in the middle of the night, early morning.

      It worked for me, almost 2 months ago it stopped….I called WPD, my local distributor, and it stopped around a week later. They aren’t saying that it was low electricity current, however, I am quite convinced it is. It is too much of a coincidence!!! They were very nice, didn’t mock me or anything, very sympathetic. They do have reports of this, they told me….

      Please try this, otherwise you will be a wreck. I was at the end of my tether…..All the best, Val 🙂

      P.S. I am still waiting for it to return, but hoping it won’t!!!

      • Jacqueline Ringrose
        1 May, 2021 / 8:46 am

        Nightmare is my response to the total house invasion of vibration noise, that even comes through my bed. The noise is housebound ,and does NOT leave the building .calls to all the Utility companies,were not taken seriously . I asked the Gas ,, Electricity,, and Water , if they were doing repairs in my area .NO .. Environmental Health , said that I had to locate the noise before they could deal with it !!!!! Northern Power did actually come to the house ,when the noise was not on . I phoned again at 2 am the next morning ,(noise back ,in full Noise ) they refused to come back, Meanwhile after 9 months of this ,NOISE .my health is suffering badly ,from lack of sleep ,constant headache, tinnitus doubling in volume ,and now my balance is being affected, and my ears fill with sludge. I have run out of Companies and government departments. to ask for help. and I now feel that it will be the death of me.

    • Pye
      24 March, 2021 / 2:47 am

      Just happy to have found this site. I live in Colorado and the HUM is causing sleepiness and potential wondering my sanity. I have had my sump pump and radon fan replaced (probably was not needed) to eliminate this HUM. Um, that was no help. I initially heard at night..early mornings but now I can hear during the day when outside noise is quiet. Should I call my city or will they even help? Suggestions appreciated.

      • Val, Bristol, UK
        26 March, 2021 / 12:51 pm

        Hello Pye,

        I had similar humming, vibrating experience at night mainly. Straight from the off I was convinced it was electrical current. Low Frequency Noise. I can’t guarantee it won’t come back but fingers crossed!!!

        I strongly suggest you contacting your local electricity distributor. My local one is Western Power Distribution here in Bristol, UK.

        Since beginning Feb this year, it stopped for me. I am guessing it was because I called WPD emergency number on 31 Jan at 4.30am. It went from there and a week later, hum was gone! I think they increased the electricity flow but nobody wants to admit it! It’s like you have leper! Nobody wants to help you!!!

        Please let me know what happened, Pye. Persevere!

        • Curtis
          29 April, 2021 / 4:57 pm

          This is really interesting… I’ve gotta try contact my local energy supplier in London… I can feel the buzzing pulsations now.

          It’s bloody horrible.

    • Rosemary
      25 March, 2021 / 12:17 pm

      Hello
      I am stressed out by a continuous 24/7 sound like an engine running .

      Bad at night behind bed and a vibrating noise through wall .Asked neighbours both sides who say they cannot hear anything? I asked if their boiler runs at night? No and both said nothing on the adjoining wall to us. We live in mid terrace .

      My husband can’t hear it 🤔

      • Val, Bristol
        26 March, 2021 / 12:56 pm

        Hi Rosemary,

        As per my posts previously, I am convinced that this a Low Frequency Noise caused by too low electricity current. It could be an industrial activity, sound waves are able to travel massive distances!

        I am still trying to find out what causes it because I didn’t have a conclusive answer from my electricity distributor…but they seemed to have helped me by increasing the flow…But they won’t admit it!

        I don’t have any industrial works, road works, nothing, around me and to me it seems too much of a coincidence that it would stopped after calling their emergency number, speaking to the unit manager etc.

        Do the same, call your power distributor’s emergency number any time of day or night, when it’s really bad and explain your complaint, plea with them and it might conclude positively like for me. However, I am still anxous that it might come back…

        All the best Rosemary Xxxx

        • Sue
          9 June, 2021 / 8:41 am

          Hi I live in Plymouth and been hearing the same feels like its a engine humming outside my house its driving me mad sometimes it’s low but when it’s high can’t sleep no one else in the house can hear it only me….if I go to someone else’s house I don’t hear anything its in every room night times are the worst times.when we had lockdown was not to bad had ears checked out all is fine just want it to go away or find out why it’s happening

          • Steve
            7 July, 2021 / 12:31 am

            Out of interest where in Plymouth, I can here it too and thought it was a train just sat idle but it’s been a few days now and it hasn’t moved.

            I do wonder if it is the dockyard?

  20. Sherry
    13 March, 2021 / 6:45 am

    I live in Orange County, California. I just moved to a new apartment & I am hearing an intermittent disturbing, pulsating-type vibration inside my apartment and the intensity of the vibration fluctuates up and down. Like I said, it is intermittent and it seems to stop at around 930 at night. It was so bad a couple of weekends ago on a Sunday and seemef to start around 5 AM, that I had to leave my apartment at 2:30 PM just to get out and away just so I didn’t hear it. The second I open the door and left my apartment, I could not sense that strong vibration; however, there was a hum coming from a mechical room down the hallway but I could not feel the pressure in my ears from it. It is definitely something coming from a mechanical motor or EMF of some type and it seems to vibrate the inside of my entire unit. It’s a one bedroom apartment and sometimes it’s stronger near my bedroom/bathroom area, however, I can feel it in my dining/living room area also I’ve mentioned it to management and they came over and sat here for 15 minutes when I was away and said it was my refrigerator but it is definitely NOT my refrigerator because that is fairly new and super quiet. Also, recently when I heard the vibration, I walked up and unplugged my refrigerator and I could still hear the strong vibration. Ahsim, I am assuming that it’s some kind of mechanical/EMF type vibration. The only way I can really accurately describe it is that it feels like a UPS or FedEx delivery truck is parked outside my unit with the motor running and it’s vibrating my windows and the walls of my apartment; however, I am way in the back of the complex, away from any patking, on the top floor with nothing behind me but a super steep, super high, straight up hill. The units are staggered so I do not share very much of a common wall with my neighbors at all. I thought it might’ve been the motor of the exhaust fan in the bathroom of the unit below me. I have no idea where this intermittent vibration source may be coming from though. I am searching the Internet for inexpensive ways to measure this vibration, when it kicks in, with any kind of device that I could just set up. An Accelerometer+Inclinometer can be hooked up either to an Android phone or my PC and I hope I can purchase one to set it up, turn it on and walk away from it and let it record the fluctuations of this strange, pulsating vibration that comes and goes. This device, the Accelerometer+Inclinometer, I found on Amazon and it’s in my shopping cart, but waiting for an answer to a question I posed to the manufacturer. I want something that I can set up and walk away from for several hours and just let it record and keep a record of the fluctuations in the vibrations with a pulse. It also affects the pressure in my inner ear. I know I don’t have tinitus, I know I don’t hear things unless there is a noise or vibration, and I know it’s not me and it just started happening when I moved into this new apartment a few werks ago. The AC/heating unit is directly above my apartment. I was having problems with heat and they just replaced the condenser, but it was happening before they replaced the condenser so it is coming from another source possibly. I will get to the bottom of this because it is so irritating, to say the least.

    • Val, Bristol, UK
      20 March, 2021 / 7:34 pm

      Hi Sherry,

      So sorry to hear you’ve been put into this situation unawares…

      I had exactly the same disturbance as you describe. The only difference is that you experience it during the day. For us in Britain it seems to usually start at 9pm or so, and then disappears with the everyday distracting noises. I ended up calling my local electricity distributor end of this January early morning, 4.30am because I couldn’t stand it.

      A weekend of me calling a couple of times it was gone! A lovely gentleman Geoff came to measure, left a measuring device here for 3 nights. By the time he was here the hum had already gone, so he concluded it wasn’t electricity. However, I am convinced that it must have been a low electricity current. In my view they just increased it.

      I would try to explore this avenue, what have you got to loose? Let us know how you got on… 🙂

    • Bob
      11 April, 2021 / 6:29 pm

      Vibrations and a hum at my home in Hollywood and cannot figure out what it is. Sometimes its gone and when it starts again I hear and feel the moment it starts. Its vibrating my couch that I sleep on all night most the time and I wake up aching all over my body because of it. The CDC told me about an app they had developed to monitor vibrations in mining trucks to prevent over exposure to the workers as its been shown to destroy joints, tendons and nerves. The app is called WBV and its purple with pulsating lines above and below WBV. Install it on an iphone and set up a test and the app will pick up the vibrations. Its not easy to understand the results, however there is a color coded graph after your test is complete which tells if the vibrations are in the danger zone or tolerable and not dangerous. However I did speak to the app developer who told me it was specifically designed for measuring vibrations in the mining industry so he cannot determine if the readings I got were accurate or not. My guess is they should be pretty accurate because a vibrating truck is really no different than a vibrating house. Go to the APP store and search WBV.

    • vilma
      11 May, 2021 / 10:06 am

      Hi, I started hearing hum too and all problems started when our neighbour built fancy pond for fish – the hum is coming from their water pump or filter, now I know for sure.

  21. Kim
    12 March, 2021 / 5:29 am

    I have been having this hum/vibration for about 10 years now. At first it was weak hum and slowly increased in intensity, then about 2 years ago it started also vibrate through my body. At first I thought it was the motor on the fridge and then later suspected the heat pump to cause the intense vibrations. Also have tried to turn off the main power switch. I have been moving accouple of times during this time period. It is everywhere but also different depending the location.
    This have been driving me almost nuts because for me it is worst at winter time, especially at nights.
    I have been searching on internet for answers and I have come to believe this is the cause:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schumann_resonances
    If this is the source of the problem then it is not sound or vibrations but in reality electro magnetic field (EMF) in the ionosphere that some people happens to pickup just like an antenna does. If this is the case maybe someone could come up with a solution to shield us sensitive people?
    I

    • Val, Bristol
      20 March, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      Hi Kim,

      That is very interesting. I think we all came across the EMF phenomena. I’m sorry that you have been suffering this long!

      I keep saying people should contact their local electricity distributor because that seems to have helped in my case. I am rid of the same disturbance as you, the vibrating on my chest and through my body…It is so same for so many people I came across on this Linda’s forum…

      Try to explore this option of contacting your local elec distributor whenever it’s unbearable! Please let us know whether this helped! All the best, Val Xxxx

  22. Cia
    7 March, 2021 / 11:59 pm

    I’m hearing it in SoCal. None of my neighbors hear it and it sounds like it’s right outside my bedroom window. I hear it over an air purifier, fan, and white noise machine. Today I have a massive headache. For me it’s intermittent bursts of low frequency sound. The sound itself is not the issue, it’s the jarring in the middle of sleep. Being abruptly awaken is frustrating. I sealed my windows today. Put in airpods with deep sleep sounds playing as I typed this and heard a burst.

    • Val, Bristol. UK
      20 March, 2021 / 7:17 pm

      Hi Cia,

      I strongly suggest that you contact your local electricity distributor. Even in the middle of the night or early morning….

      In my case, when I experienced it, I am pretty sure that the electric current was too low, that’s why I felt the vibration on my chest, and also heard the low hum! I contacted my local distributor and a week later it was gone, since 2 months I haven’t had any of the disturbance!

      Strongly suggest to do the same Cia. Let me know how you got on, please Xxxx All the best 🙂

    • Bob
      11 April, 2021 / 6:38 pm

      I’m getting vibrations in my house in the center of Hollywood. My neighbors claim they feel nothing and my wife can vaguely feel something but she’s not as sensitive as I am to it. It sounds like a distant engine running beneath the ground and I can feel what feels like the engine misfiring sometimes along with a constant vibration. Goes for days at a time and then stops and all is quiet and still, then it comes from out of nowhere and starts again. I was wondering if my neighbor has inserted vibrating mechanisms into the ground below my house to attempt to drive me away as he was wanting to buy my house and I said no. The marines used vibration torture on prisoners at Guantanamo Bay by sending vibrations into their cell but I’m not sure how they did it.

      • Pauline
        12 May, 2021 / 11:42 am

        I’m in Melbourne Australia and I experience exactly the same as you’ve described. The noise/vibration sounding like a distant engine running beneath the ground, and it goes for days (and nights) on end then stops for a few days or even weeks. But it comes back eventually. I can only hear it inside and it seems to come from everywhere, but I can’t hear it when i step outside. The only thing that seems to block it are my noise cancelling headphones.

  23. Val, Bristol
    3 March, 2021 / 11:12 am

    Hi everyone,

    I just wanted to let you know that after my enquiries with the DEFRA secretary, my local councillors, MP, Mayor and water and power distribution companies, the hum and vibration is gone for the past month! I do still expect it to return at some point, however, hope it never will!!

    I am still to receive results from measuring noise levels carried out by Geoff Budd, Western Power Distribution guy, who came and left a measuring device for 3 nights in my house around 3 weeks ago. He was on annual leave, so it’s taking longer than usual…However, the hum was already gone around a week prior to that…

    I also spoke and explained my experience to the manager of our WPD local centre, which is located around 2 miles away from me. I strongly believe that the humming and vibrating came from electricity supply because I have not experienced it for a longest time since it started! It would be too much of a coincidence! Although the electric distribution guys suggest it isn’t the electric supply.

    It always felt and sounded like an electric current, so I strongly suggest everyone contacts their local power distribution centre (not just your power supplier, but distributor!!), describe their experience and ask for measurements to be carried out in your house, where it’s at the strongest. I think I only got Geoff to come and measure because I was at the end of my tether then and pleaded with the WPD operator how bad it is not to get a normal sleep and he was intrigued and organised for Geoff to visit me…

    Linda, how is it in your area? Do you still detect it?

    All the best Xxxx

    • linda
      Author
      3 March, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      Great news Val. I do still hear it but it sounds more like a general hum over the village. We have a lot of construction going on, a chemical works just down the road and Welsh Water are revamping a large sewage works quite close by too. It’s really difficult to pin down what the sound is. I have noticed that some nights are definitely worse than others.

      • Val, Bristol
        20 March, 2021 / 7:11 pm

        Hmm, you seem to have lots going on around where you live, Linda.

        I was lucky that I got talking to a really nice young lad called Jack. He initiated that Geoff Budd, who works for WPD at a Engineering – Policy Section (whatever that means) and who came out, we had a really lovely long chat, I cried because it was that bad. I am a single mum of a fantastic 13 yo (in 2 wks time she’s 13) and I want to give her my 100% energy and strength, she deserves it…The hum was killing me and I wasn’t prepared to let it destroy me. I couldn’t let that happen.

        I’m still listening for the hum and vibration every night but it’s definitely gone for now. Xxxxx

    • Rae Guest
      9 March, 2021 / 12:21 pm

      Hi Val,
      That’s fantastic news. We live in BS8 and have experienced the hum/vibration since June 2018. We’ve been unable to locate it and wondered what stopped the hum, did WPD do something? Thanks Rae

      • Val, Bristol
        20 March, 2021 / 6:58 pm

        Hi Rae,

        Please contact me, my number is 07880 518694 (preferred) or email v.cross972@gmail.com. It’s sometimes easier to explain things over the phone.

        No, WPD were great, sympathetic and very helpful. To me it is too much of a coincidence that after I called their emergency number in desperation at 4.30am on 30 Jan (Saturday), Steve, our local WPD centre’s manager on Feeder Rd, told me on Thursday 5 Feb they haven’t done anything. However, I have nor experienced it since the day I spoke to Steve!

        I would love to explain over the phone what I think you should do, guys.

        BTW Linda, Geoff wanted details of this forum, so I gave it to him. If I can, I will speak to him on Monday because I am in contact with two brilliant ladies in Cheshire, Laura and Julia, and they are desperate for answers too! So I want to ask Geoff what they really did because they must have….

  24. Humbert
    27 February, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    This forum is great – host & everyone, thanks so much for sharing and caring.
    63 yo, fit male here. Costa Mesa, Southern California, USA.  Average number of concerts in my youth. For me the hum started maybe end of 2019. Very pronounced indoors, and much harder to hear it outdoors. Feels like a low volume pulsing subwoofer was implanted in my ear drums. So “deep”, I’d almost say that I sense it not so much through hearing, but through some other unnamed sense entirely. Often kinda rhythmic, but far from 4/4 time. Worst in my bedroom of all the luck, and at 3am my pillow can seem like ground zero some nights. Also tinnitus started around the same age interestingly. Also interesting that I found out that a 70ish tenant in my complex moved out a few years ago bc of the hum, but no idea how to locate her.
    Haven’t kept a log, but anyone else notice the hum seems less in summer? I imagine temperature affects how the sound waves travel but that like all of this is way above my pay grade. (Un)healthy amount of transformers/relays on my block, and I’ve had all of the utilities out to inspect but no accountability there.
    I think I know my body and HIGHLY doubt this is due to a medical condition. That said it could be age-related or result from some shared physiological trait allowing only certain individuals to hear it.
    Most convincing post here is the gas pipeline suggestion since now I discover that I’m situated within a “U” shape of these with all 3 sides almost exactly one mile from my home. Seems moot anyway since I wouldn’t know the first way in combating this at a governmental level even if it could be proven to be the cause.
    Meanwhile, best medicine I’ve found is a portable fan on low speed but even that bothers my sleep a bit and doesn’t block the hum completely. Sometimes earplugs.
    Trying to take a mind over matter approach, but at times this too wears thin.
    Best of luck and (otherwise) good health to all.

    • Carol Asbury
      7 March, 2021 / 4:29 am

      I am dealing with a hum in my house and it is very bad in my bedroom. It almost feels like a vibration but the sound fills my room, my kids cannot hear it, its driving me crazy.

      • Pat Davis
        11 March, 2021 / 7:36 am

        I am so glad I found this forum. I have lived in this house for 5 years and about a month ago, I started hearing a low pulsating hum that goes on all day and night. My 21 year old nephew came over and he couldn’t hear it. I was starting to doubt my sanity, but when I realized that I don’t hear it when I cover my ears, I don’t hear it outside, I don’t hear it in my car, or when I go anywhere else. I only hear it in my house. I can’t pinpoint the source. I’ve had plumbers, electricians, HVAC techs, the City Water Bureau out and no one can find the problem. It’s worse at night and I can’t sleep. I purchased a white noise machine and I must have 6 different types of earplugs . It’s still hard to sleep. Some days I feel like I’m losing it. I just want to cry and make it stop. I live alone but my dog hears it! She looks at the wall and cocks her head to the side. At least that makes me feel like I’m not really crazy. I am so desperate that I am really thinking about moving. I just hope that any prospective buyers don’t have my sensitive hearing. I’ve never experienced anything like this. No one can understand until it happens to them. You hesitate to tell people because they instantly think you’re hearing things. I dread going upstairs to bed at night. This is absolutely terrible. There has to be a solution. There are just too many people experiencing the same thing. If you think of all the technology we use on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that we are starting to see adverse effects on our quality of life. If by some chance I find the source of this torture, I will post it, in hopes that it will help someone else solve their issues. Good luck to you all. Pat

        • Val, Bristol
          20 March, 2021 / 7:05 pm

          Hi Pat,

          I strongly recommend contacting your local electricity distribution centre, not your supplier but your supplier’s supplier.

          And call an emergency number, they do operate 24hrs a day (I didn’t know that myself). Tell them how terribly this affects you! Don’t wait anymore, please! I have waited until I was driven to this and it seems to have helped me. I don’t experience it for almost 2 months now!!!

          Please don’t hesitate to tackle the distribution company (mine is Western Power Distribution, they cover South West, I live in Bristol).

          I urge everyone who is driven to almost insanity as Pat is. I have heard this desperation too many times, people don’t wait, try whether this works for you!!!

        • Bob
          11 April, 2021 / 6:50 pm

          You’re not crazy, I hear a distant engine running and feel vibrations in my house in Hollywood. I put an app called WBV on my iphone and it registers vibration when I conduct a test. After installing the app, just lay your phone down on a surface where you can feel the vibrations and run a test for 4-8 hours. Ive done this and it picks up what Im feeling. The app was developed by the CDC for the mining industry to detect levels of vibration in mining equipment. There are ill health effects from overexposure to vibration which is why they developed it.

  25. Georgia
    18 February, 2021 / 4:45 pm

    Hello,

    i started reading your posts because i have the same problem. I hear a humming in the night. It started in November last year. I live in Germany. I was curious to see how common this hum is and if there are people that cured from this. I read how helpless you feel and this is how i feel too, devastating, sometimes i feel like i‘m losing my mind. We even moved two times afterwards because of this hum and i still hear it. I was searching everywhere, the house, the neighborhood. When we first moved i thought it’s a heating pumpfrom a neighbor. Sometimes i think it could be from the wind turbines, they are almost everywhere here. I am a medical doctor, i need the concentration for my work. Without sleep it’s hard to focus during the day. So i start trying everything to just get rid of it. Acupuncture for exemple, helped me sleep more than 2-3h/night. But didn‘t last long. So i heard from people in Germany that have the same problem hearing a hum and having vibrations, that they went to an oral surgeon and orthopedist, also they did physiotherapy because they had problems with their jaws and cervical spine they actually didn‘t know. And those problems affected their nerves. And there is also a special treatment for craniomandibular dysfunction. And those people got better afterwards. I havn‘t tryed it yet, i have an appointment at the end of next week with an oral surgeon. I do have problems with my jaw and also with my cervical spine. I hope i can do something about it and the hum goes away, because otherwise it‘s really hard to live with it. The nervous system is very complex, sometimes it depends also how our perception individually works. My partner doesn‘t hear it.
    It could also be that there is an outside source, but it can also be that the nervous system doesn‘t function properly. I just want to let you guys know about what i heard what others helped to get rid of it and i wish you to get rid of it too!!

    • Val, Bristol
      19 February, 2021 / 4:32 pm

      Hi Georgia,
      Please do come back when you had your assessment or treatment. It’d be super interesting to see whethe we all might have a medical condition…
      All the best,
      Val 🤗

    • Helen
      6 May, 2021 / 11:49 pm

      Wow. Reading your story sounds so familiar to mine. I am in north Yorkshire Uk. I havent slept since dec 2018 . The resonating hum is in the house all day but nights are difficult because it stops sleep. It vibrates through the pillows. I do have cervical spondylitis and I need to wear a gum shield as Im a night grinder ( funny as it sounds). I wonder if this makes it worse. Saying that the hum is 24/7. I would be interested to read how you got on

      • Marlene Colbeck
        24 June, 2021 / 6:49 pm

        Hi Helen, I live in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, moved here in the last three months and this humming and vibration is driving me nuts. No set time, day or night, starts from nothing, sometimes quite loud and like yourself I can feel it through my body. I live in an apartment and the apartment manager says she can’t hear it so, therefore, it’s not happening!! It’s 6.30 and, whilst starting to write this, the noise level has gone from nothing to quite loud and vibrating like crazy. I do wear hearing aids but whether I am wearing them or not it makes no difference. I read someone downloaded an app WBV, I’ve down loaded it and I’m going to give it a try and see if I can get a measurement reading,

      • john lee
        8 July, 2021 / 8:44 pm

        your right it does vibrate thro pillows investigate surrounding area it is caused by c h p gas engines official name central heating & power gas engines which are used to provide heating ,power for large complexes ie unis gyms new housing estates any where where large amounts of heating & power are needed the engines vary in size run similar to car engines but on gas we have one close to us which is i believe 16 cylinder 1000 cc a cylinder yours sincerely john lee

    • vilma
      11 May, 2021 / 10:41 am

      Hi, wind turbines cause LFN. and LFN waves can go for miles through walls and windows, searched a lot, because myself started hearing the hum.Vilma

  26. Emma
    18 February, 2021 / 12:38 pm

    I’m a fellow hum/ vibration sufferer – I’m not sure how long I’ve been experiencing it (maybe 2-3 months possibly longer) and it is escalating in the length of time – usually now all through the night and it disturbs my sleep continually. I live in Northampton in a densely populated area (terrace housing streets) on the edge of the town centre. I’ve lived her for 8yrs and never had this experience until this past quarter.

    I feel it/ hear as a low somewhat pulsating hum but no specific pattern – I first thought it was my neighbour using a game console on low volume but where the vibrations carried – I’ve now discounted this after realising I still feel/ hear it when I walk to the back of the house in the night. I also put my ear to the walls and I can’t hear it from either side – it’s more a of a pervasive sensation/ sound in the air – yet it is aggravated/ emphasised when I put my head to my pillow.

    I first started noticing it when I was sat downstairs in my living room in the evening – it would be intermittent but it is worsening and lengthening in duration and I’m extremely sensitive to it (as you all are) when I go to bed and the house is completely quiet.

    I plan to rule out tinnitus via my GP and check my ears are clear.

    I’m trying to manage it by listening to white noise/ rain & thunder podcasts from my phone as these help distract my mind and I sleep – but sadly, it wakes me up when the podcast ends. I’m trying some soft headband wifi earphones tonight & I will keep the white noise on all night (with my phone plugged in).

    Glad I’m not alone.

    • Val, Bristol
      19 February, 2021 / 4:56 pm

      Hi Emma, (best name ever, I called my now 12yo daughter Emma ❤).
      What you describe is the same as with all of us, especially the pillow, so many of us say that. I think it suggests that the hum/vibration is carried through our houses walls and floors….
      I am waiting for results of readings following measurements that Geoff Budd from the Western Power Distribution, my local electricity distributor (not a provider) had carried out last Wed to Fri….
      It certainly seems like an electric power issue with the vibration and humming disturbance.
      Locally it’s known as the Bristol hum, since the 1970s! Some people suggest G5 network etc, but this wasn’t around then…
      I now counted 70 people on this Linda’s website only. That is pretty high I’d say. One 35yo women has 70 neighbours that experience this, making it 140……
      Emma, may I ask your age? It’s been recommended that people, especially women, over 40 suffer with this.
      If you’re not comfortable with sharing it here, you cn email me on v.cross972@gmail.com, or text or call 07880 518694.

  27. Sharon H
    9 February, 2021 / 11:30 pm

    Hi There,
    my name is Sharon and I have been tortured every night for years by the hum. Very loud at night, but I hear it through the day aswell. Same as everyone else, its like an idling low frequency hum that seems to pulsate. I hear it indoors but not outdoors. If i use earplugs it tends to drain it out. I always wonder if its vibrations coming down from tv aeriels on the roof? I am pestering my husband to go up and remove ours. Would satelite dishes be a cuplrit?

    • Susan O'mahony
      15 February, 2021 / 9:54 pm

      I’m going through the same awake every night by humming or vibration. I have had plumber out to change ball cock thing in attick as it can hum . Electric was turned of . Nothing still there. I hear a hum in my pillows it’s driving me to despair . Any help

  28. Tina
    29 January, 2021 / 11:49 am

    I’m in a suburb of Kansas and have heard this hum for years at night. It always sounds as if there’s a car quietly running outside. I woke at 530 am and it was very loud today, the LOUDEST it has ever been. It’s so loud I cannot go back to sleep.

    • Val, Bristol
      31 January, 2021 / 4:29 pm

      Hi Tina,
      I have exactly the same experience. I wish I had an answer, however, so far water supplier says it’s not them, sewerage company says it’s not them either.
      Friday not was so bad, at 4.30am I was woken up because I felt such intense vibration that it went through my body and was so loud, I called my electricity distributor. At around 9am an engineer came to investigate, checked two substations near my house and came inside my house. Couldn’t fid anything wrong, but heard a high pitch sound in front of my house. We have internet and tv cables running there, so that’s another port of call.
      Hang in there. I am doing my best finding out what it is. It’s not easy though, as many people here say…..

      • Susan O'mahony
        15 February, 2021 / 9:57 pm

        Please let me know as I’m been so upset from lack of sleep

        • Val, Bristol
          26 March, 2021 / 1:00 pm

          Hi Susan,

          Exactly that day AND time I replied to your post I called my local electricity distributor Western Power on their emergency number and a week later this disturbance stopped for me…

          I strongly suggest you do the same, call your local electricity distributor and do it any time of day or night, when it’s really bad!

          I’m not saying it might not come back for me, but it’s been almost 2 months since I last experienced it! Not a single time!!!

          Please come back here and give me an update!!! Love, Val Xxxx

    • keren
      10 February, 2021 / 7:59 am

      Hi everyone!

      I live in North Hollywood, California. I’ve been hearing a vibrating pulsing noise for about 2 months now. It has disrupted my sleep and peace a handful of times. You can’t pin point where it’s coming from but it doesn’t sound like anything within my apartment. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a microwave which leads me to believe it has something to do with electricity. If anyone has any leads or advice please share!!!

  29. Susan
    28 January, 2021 / 12:02 am

    I also live in Cornwall, Camborne and today had an independant electrician, plus Great Western Power out to check the horrendous humming that I have been hearing all week inside and outside of my property. I do have an electric pole outside my ppty and thought the noise could be related to this. Both electrician and GWP said it was not emanating from anything inside my ppty or outside re electrics so I am still having to suffer this awful noise, sleepless nights and being driven nuts during the day. I was so relieved to see other people’s comments that they were experiencing exactly what I am as I thought also is it tinnitus as none of my neighbours can hear it. I live in a 80 year old ppty so was very interested to read about narrow water pipes as I do have some of those. My boiler is being serviced next week so I shall question the gas man re the noise to check it’s not coming from the the boiler nut as it is only 4 yrs old it shouldn’t be. If the gas man confirms nothing wrong with boiler, I also will chase up the water board and perhaps George Eustice as you have been recommending. Thank you all for your comments, I really thought I was going nuts hearing this when others couldn’t.

    • Val, Bristol
      17 February, 2021 / 6:35 pm

      Hi Sisan,
      How did you get on with your boiler check? Is there h7m no connection with your boiler?
      How intense is your hum, and when did it start?
      Xxxx

  30. Val, Bristol
    20 January, 2021 / 7:46 pm

    Hi All,

    I still had no reply from George Eustice. I was recommended by Ryan, WessexWater employee, that it could be electricity sub-station. I had scheduled visit from WessexWater to investigate waste water pipes near my house but when Ryan called, he asked for details of the sound I’m hearing. After I explained it, he suggested it’d be electric sub-stations around me, he said there’re quite a few around me.
    If you have energy, guys, do you want to check whether there are electric sub-stations near you, possibly multiple? Just an idea…..

    • Rose
      24 January, 2021 / 1:09 am

      Hello everyone I’m 25 and live in Essex- England. For the last week me and everyone in my house has been experiencing the loud humming noise coming from outside. This has been on and off all day and night, last for about 3-6 seconds then goes again for about 5-10 minutes somtimes longer it’s very strange we are all young and healthy in my household and can all hear it so I know it’s not just me. What is going on right now?

      • Val, Bristol
        24 January, 2021 / 3:40 pm

        Hi Rose,

        Wow, the fact that other people living with you hear it in your house seems quite rare. How many of you and what ages are the rest of your house? I’m collecting information about people that detect this, so I have a stronger case when trying to solve this with the authorities etc.

        I’d love to know in more detail what is going on. If you want to contact me more privately, my email is v.cross972@gmail.com or call 07880 518694.

        All the best,
        Val

        • Charter
          27 January, 2021 / 1:21 am

          Hi Val, Would you like to collect dta on vibrations too? I live on top floor of Edwardian house in a loft conversion and i feel vibrations pretty much all day but mostely at night when im in bed, I wake with a wooly dead, headaches on occasion and feeling like I want to cry from being extremely upset. My guess its something electric because it feels like a life on top of a turned on boiler. This started in May last year and when I told Environmental Health Officer at RBKC, no investigation was necessary. They said it must be my imagination. There are few antennas on the roof, they were installed in 2018, but I started feeling that something was wrong in 2020. Is there any way to measure this vibration? It is more of a concern to me than the humming noise. I asked my HA whether they have done something new to create this inconvenience. They said I was imagioning things. My gut feeling tells me Im being cooked like a frog in a kettle but no one wants to admit to it being a problem. The killer is invisible hence no crime.

          • Val, Bristol
            28 January, 2021 / 6:05 pm

            Hi Charter,
            I experienced both, hum and vibration. So yes, I’m collecting info on both.

            I had a response from DEFRA Ministerial Contact Unit. Politicians don’t seem to really care about this because what it says in essence is that local environmetal

            Extract from the letter:
            “I would like to draw your attention to this guidance to help local authorities assess
            complaints of low frequency noise, which the University of Salford conducted on behalf of
            Defra in 2011:
            http://usir.salford.ac.uk/493/1/NANR45-procedure_rev1_23_12_2011.pdf

            This research includes a methodology for assessing and measuring complaints of low
            frequency noise to help local authorities reach a decision as to whether a noise
            complained about amounts to a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act
            1990. While you will appreciate that we are not in a position to comment on whether or not
            the noise you are experiencing might relate to gas pipeline syndrome, this guidance might
            provide some pointers which may help to identify the source of the noise.”

            I just received the letter, so I’ll be reading it soon, it has 25 pages…

        • Martina Leonard
          31 January, 2021 / 3:21 pm

          Hi. I live in Leeds and moved into a new build in October 2020. Everything was perfect until last Sunday, was writing in my journal and boom, the humming started and hasn’t stopped since and I can tell you I am at breaking point already. Night time is the worst, it feels like my house is alive, upstairs is absolutely terrible. I’m trying to sleep with the TV on, headphones on and now resorting to earplugs. I’m also working from home so feel like there’s no escape, it’s depressing. My anxiety is starting to rear it’s head, can’t eat, feel sick all the time with worry, will be having to visit my GP I feel. I’m 49 and feel like I’m losing my mind.

          • Val, Bristol
            31 January, 2021 / 4:42 pm

            Hi Martina,
            I’m so sorry that you’re going through this. Good idea reaching out to your GP. Please hang in there!
            Try approaching your local councillors, health officers or even defra.
            My local Bristol Health Authority told me that if they won’t hear it, they won’t investigate. I will try again because that was recommended to do so, with new information that this disturbance does exist. It’s just that nobody yet found out the source. It feels like chasing a ghost!
            As soon as I find something, I will be letting people know immediately. But my hopes are really low.

          • john lee
            8 July, 2021 / 8:24 pm

            i am john the noise is caused by C H P UNITS which are being installed all over the country in large complexes c h p stands for central heating & power, large engines which run on gas to supply the likes of universities, gyms, large modern housing estates anywhere where large volumes of heat & power are needed They emit a low frequency hum & and vibrating sound similar to lighthouse fog horns .My wife does not hear it i don`t understand why we are both in our seventies i have been enduring it for years there are two in my area yours john lee

    • Debbie Dicken
      25 January, 2021 / 8:30 am

      Hi there,
      I’m 64 and live in Cricklade, a suburb outside Swindon. I hear the hum at night and now (in the morning). It is driving me crazy, as I can’t sleep with it. I put a fan on to try to drown out the noise, but to not avail. I’m at a loss as to what to do now??

      • Val, Bristol
        28 January, 2021 / 6:23 pm

        Debbie, Thanks for sharing your details. I feel I’ll have to go to the top, Prime Minister. Nobody is listening. As I mentioned, I had a response from DEFRA, however, it seems they’re recommending to contact local environmental health officers. But so many people say HAs are not listening…???

        Linda, I haven’t quite finished my post just a little earlier today. Do you think it’d be mad contacting the PM?

        Thanks XX

    • Sam
      31 January, 2021 / 9:37 am

      I live just outside stfford and we have been plagued by a low level hum that usually starts around midnight and continues till 7am. This started some 4 months ago, and i have been unable to find the source.
      Severn trent water company haven’t been out to check anything either despite complaint to check the water pressure – going mad due to lack of sleep..

      Has anyone found a solution??

      • Val, Bristol
        31 January, 2021 / 5:07 pm

        Hi Sam,
        I have started noticing hum around 2years ago but really intensely last Summer.
        I am really trying to find the source for me, and then hopefully for you and others.
        Everyone has their lives to live etc, including me, but I’m not giving up yet.
        I had response from defra, with a report carried out by 3 gents from Salfod Uni in 2005 for them, but the report defra sent me is a revision from 2011. It is over 20 pages long. If you have time and energy, below is link to it.
        http://usir.salford.ac.uk/493/1/NANR45-procedure_rev1_23_12_2011.pdf
        Hang in there Sam, may I ask you for my records, are you a Samuel or a Samantha? And also your age? It’s apparently us over 40s that detect this…..if you’d rather not share this publically, text me on 07880 518694, or email me to v.cross972@gmail.com. No worries, if not. 😊

  31. K
    18 January, 2021 / 7:02 pm

    I can hear a hum/noise in my house right now it kept me awake last night and my kids think I’m mad ;-( I walked around last night trying to pinpoint it but it feels so elusive, Did think kit was in my head but I know it isn’t. I’m near Liverpool NW UK

    • Charter
      27 January, 2021 / 1:30 am

      trying to make you think you are mad is easy because you cannot see the tonal noise or vibrations that electro-magnetic field creates, you can feel it with your sensory abilities and some people are turned off either intentionally or not, my son too says im going mad, but i experimented and the vase with water on the side table shows minute vibrations. i guess they are harmful long term and most likely linked to the smart equipment around the area

  32. Robert Baker
    13 January, 2021 / 4:50 pm

    Questions I am pondering:

    Why do others in my family not hear it?
    Why don’t I hear the hum in other cities?
    Why do I only hear it early in the morning?
    Why is it louder some mornings?

    Also, I live in a very rural setting, which makes industrial, emf, 5G etc less likely it would seem.

    • Val, Bristol, UK
      14 January, 2021 / 2:50 pm

      Hi Robert,

      My commiserations, I’m in the thick of it right now, last night was actually vibrating my body that it woke me at approx 2.45am and 4.15am…? Something like that…Very upsetting.
      Could you tell me your age? I am collating info about us sufferers because someone mentioned only people around 40yo can experience it…If you don’t want to share it, I’ll understand…:-)
      If you want to contact me directly, my email is v.cross972@gmail.com, M: +44 7880 518694.

      Hang in there folks 🙂

      • Robert baker
        14 January, 2021 / 10:29 pm

        Hello Val, I am 71. I also seem to hear the hum at about 3am. It doesn’t vibrate my room however and some nights is very faint. Seems to disappear as the sum comes up. I have no headaches or other issues associated with it. Thought it might be from water pipes, but the water district folks haven’t had any other complaints. Thanks for your interest!

        • Val, Bristol
          31 January, 2021 / 5:15 pm

          Thank you Robert,
          I appreciate you sharing your personal information. I might need it.
          I’m still trying to find the source of these disturbances. It does exist, 3 gents at Salford Uni produce a report for defra. If you have time for reading this, clink on the link below:
          http://usir.salford.ac.uk/493/1/NANR45-procedure_rev1_23_12_2011.pdf
          All the best xxxx

      • Bre
        18 January, 2021 / 1:14 pm

        Really crazy but I’m 30 and i was feeling very off since 2am finally woke myself all the way up it’s 5:13a and the humming is very clear.

        • Bre
          18 January, 2021 / 1:15 pm

          Also I’m in the USA // Washington state

          • Valentina
            19 January, 2021 / 10:35 am

            I’m in Southern California and I can head a low intermittent vibration or humming sound coming from outside. It’s very faint but I can still hear it. I also am very sensitive to sounds and pick up even the softest sounds and repeating sounds like a ball bouncing drive me crazy. It’s my first time hearing this “hum”. Although I’m not sure what it is. It goes: hmmmm [pause] hmmmm [pause] over and over. I thought it was someone in the neighborhood sitting in their car with their phone connected to the car via Bluetooth and they were dialing someone on the phone. But looking outside, nothing seems out of the ordinary.

  33. Dee Marie
    12 January, 2021 / 3:38 am

    The fact that it’s experienced by many people in many different countries leads me to believe that it’s related to the EMFs and all the increasingly new SMART technologies. They also recently approved another frequency so instead of just having WiFi 2Hz and 5Hz- now there is 6Hz. As well, last summer Elon Musk deployed 250,000 new satellites into our low atmosphere for his SpaceX program. I know that even the smartest human is not capable of understanding the disastrous consequences of their actions on the natural world. All this “progress” is messing with our biology and causing those of us who are more sensitive and have more tuned in biological systems to suffer needlessly. I do not know the answer since even moving to the the country does not permit freedom since they are now circling our planet and the skies with these technologies. It’s pretty terrifying and horrific.

    • Val, Bristol
      14 January, 2021 / 2:46 pm

      Hi Dee Marie,

      It sounds like you’re experiencing this too. Could you tell me where you live and what your age is?
      I’d understand if you didn’t want to share it, however, I’m trying to collate info about us, who suffer with this strange phenomena, since not everyone can experience it. Apparently only people from around 40yo do experience it. My email address is v.cross972@gmail.com if you want to tell me privately.

      All the best, Val.

      • Teresa
        22 January, 2021 / 8:29 am

        Hi Val- I’m
        a fit and healthy 70 and live in rural nottinghamshire – I have tried to locate the source of the sound but failed! It’s all night! Thought at first that it was farm machinery, but it’s not. Sounds like the gas boiler ( which I thought at first had been left on, but no) only fainter. Annoying and worrying!
        Teresa

        • Val, Bristol
          28 January, 2021 / 6:26 pm

          Teresa,

          Thank you so much for sharing your details. I’ve logged it, and will have to go to the top with this. Nobody’s listening…

    • Concerned Citizen
      31 January, 2021 / 12:03 pm

      I’m in Corona, California near Ontario Avenue and I started hearing the exact same humming noise very clearly in the early morning (1:00 AM – 5:00 AM) and even around 12:00 NOON. The date is Sunday, January 31st and I am currently laying in bed listening to the low pitch hum very clearly. The church across the street recently (mid 2020) installed some new towers which look like modern 5G towers. I am not sure if the noise is coming from the towers but tomorrow night I plan on visiting the parking lot to see if I can hear the noise next to the towers… idk what else it could be… I’m always up late and I have never heard this humming noise prior to 2021.

  34. Robert Baker
    10 January, 2021 / 1:22 pm

    I live in rural Marin County California and have been hearing the hum for several months now. I only notice it in the wee hours of the morning, and it seems to disappear as the ambient noise increases. It’s not annoying To me, but it makes me wonder if it’s external or just in my head. Tried turning off my electricity at the box but I could still hear it. My wife is totally oblivious to it. We do have a water pumping station nearby but when I go outside the hum is much less noticeable. I’m just glad to find that I’m not the only one!

  35. Wayne. Cornwall
    8 January, 2021 / 4:24 pm

    Hello all hum sufferers. Hows the volume lately? Been loud here again in Cornwall the last couple of nights. I found switching a fan on in the room I was ‘sleeping’ helped a bit. I realised there is a large gas pipeline that runs underground very near my property so wondering if that could be the source. If it is I really can’t see them doing anything about it as it seems like very few people can sense the vibrations, but boy oh boy if you can its totally debilitating. Anyway let me know how its been for you guys.
    Wayne

    • Val, Bristol
      10 January, 2021 / 12:00 pm

      Hi Wayne,

      It’s a lovely day so far, lots of sunshine, which always helps lift my spirits up endlessly 🙂

      I felt the vibration on Friday night. Last night was still quite noticeable but not as much. Prior to that I had peaceful nights for about a week.

      I think you’re right in saying that nobody will tackle it if it’s gas pipes, however, it’s worth the try. I will contact my sewerage company because a lovely guy called Radu spoke to me and said he heard from many people with this complaint. I will ask him whether he knows how those people tackled it, and whether they are free of this disturbance…

      Did you contact the DEFRA? It’d be possibly worth contacting the gas pipes owners….I don’t know who’d be to contact, not sure whether my supplier Shell energy would share this with me…? I thought of the gas pipes first to be honest…

      Sorry to hear it’s bad for you again, is it still 24/7? All the best 🙂

  36. 6 January, 2021 / 2:04 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I am one of the unfortunate ones like the rest of you, I hear and feel the vibration/hum. It started only this week, but has been a nightmare and caused sleepless nights since, I do not envy you people that have dealt with this for months and years.

    The water supply sounds like a sensible theory, water pressure increases greatly during the night, as it gets into the early hours, the demand on water falls and at some point there will be no usage at all, at this point the pressure in the pipes will be at its highest, which will definitely cause vibration. Anyone who has ever experienced a noisy squealing toilet filling, or screaming tap, these are both caused by water pressure (and faulty washers), so the same thing on a much larger scale could certainly cause this. Also water pipes conduct sound extremely well and will carry sound and vibration a huge distance.

    The fact that this is heard/fealt more so inside properties (I as with others, do not hear the sound when I go out to investigate), is also an indication that the water feed is transferring the vibration into the buildings. There are the cases in more remote, rural areas and where people hear this outside too, perhaps it is much worse in their area, if they are on a mains fed water supply, the sound will carry to them too, or perhaps there could be more than one cause and explanation for these phenomena).

    Tinnitus is certainly not the cause as this is a vibration felt through the body as well as heard, this is why it is causing people to feel uneasy, depressed and worse much in the same way as EMFs.

    The wifi, 4G and 5G is possible in some cases, although I don’t think this would account for the much earlier cases reported in the 1960s and 70s.

    I plan to go and investigate the water supply theory now, I will post any information I discover.

    Good luck everyone!

    • Wayne. Cornwall
      6 January, 2021 / 4:50 pm

      Good luck Bret. I hope you find out what is causing this. The volume of my hum has dropped off last couple of days. Although I can still hear in the ‘distance’. I hear it inside and outside my property but its definitely louder inside. When its particularly loud around hear I can hear it when a walk around the surrounding streets near where I live. The hum near me is 24/7 not just at night. Occasionally I get a couple of weeks where it stops, which is bliss. Praying for that as its been continuous for weeks hear. Please keep us posted on your findings.

    • APRIL J LAUE
      7 January, 2021 / 5:18 am

      Where are you located?

  37. Kelly Rauch
    5 January, 2021 / 5:47 am

    Hi All. I have a cabin in Central Wisconsin and only became aware of this hum phenomenon because tonight after being out for a few hours I returned to my cabin and this low background hum was quite noticeable. I am in the middle of no where in the woods. I’ve never noticed it before but this night it has been relentless. It is an even mid range hum. It’s not loud but it competes with other things like a tv. The tv is louder but it doesn’t drown out the hum. It is this weird background noise. It is truly bizarre. I am wondering with all the 5G technology that this might be the culprit? Anyway, I’m annoyed because it is interfering with my usual silence of the isolated countryside. I am quite interested in learning the origin of this thing.

    • Val, Bristol
      6 January, 2021 / 5:24 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      May I ask how old you are? I collate statistics because someone mentioned that this disturbance affects mainly people over 40, although Brett Davies is 38yo…Feel free to contact me directly for more privacy… v.cross972@gmail.com or 07880 518694. I really want to get to the bottom of this and end this for everyone.

      At the moment things point to water supply, however I am not completely certain….

      All the best, Val 🙂

    • Traci
      17 January, 2021 / 9:57 am

      I started noticing it about a week ago. I live in Washington. Some nights are louder than others but I’m like you. TV competes with it,but I can always hear it. I live in the city and when first noticed it I asked my neighbors if they hear it. And my family. I’m all alone. I hear it 24/7 and I feel like I’m going insane. Went out to our property with nothing much around, nothing built on it yet and I could still hear it. Wish there was an answer because I don’t know if I can take this.

      • Val
        18 January, 2021 / 7:03 pm

        Hi Traci,

        I’m so sorry for your experience, it is debilitating for me too when really bad. It’s less intense at the moment though…

        You live far away from me, I’m in Bristol, quite close to the City but seem to have the same problem…I’m trying to collate info about us sufferers. Could you share your age with me? If you want, email to v.cross972@gmail.con or WhatsApp text, call on +44 7880 518694.

        Lots of love, Val 🤗

  38. Todd Maclaine
    3 January, 2021 / 7:44 am

    Well this noise is sending me crazy.. 4 years ago we moved from London to Ramsgate and ever since that night I’ve had this continuous big pitch scream. I’ve looked and listened everywhere but to no avail.. I hear it thru ear buds to. Any advice would be appreciated, as it’s sending me mad I think 💤

  39. Jane
    3 January, 2021 / 12:32 am

    I live in rural north Norfolk and have been plagued by the constant hum for two years.
    The water board came out to measure noise , said it’s nothing to do with them, of course.
    There are no gas pipelines near us but the noise is awful and the pressure on my head is quite painful.
    I just wish there was a logical explanation.
    I wear ear plugs and have a radio ear piece plugged in all night.

  40. Iona Connolly
    26 December, 2020 / 6:46 pm

    Hi Christine,

    I am in harlow too and can still hear it. It is driving me insane. I’m losing sleep because of it. How have you been getting on with it? Any luck in finding out where it’s coming from?

  41. Val, Bristol
    24 December, 2020 / 9:32 am

    Linda, Would you mind if I posted my email address and phone number for people to contact me?

    I think it’d be good to collect information from people that are replying to your post and of course yourself, like where they live to establish the location of this issue + age, because apparently mainly people over 40 can detect this…+ the whole experience seems similar with everyone but there might be slight differences?

    I want to go to George Eustice, the secretary of state at defra, as suggested by Sarah Cutts on 21 Nov.

    My email is v.cross972@gmail.com and phone number is +44 7880 518694.

    Love, Val.

    • linda
      Author
      24 December, 2020 / 7:07 pm

      Hi Val – if you’re happy with that, that’s OK. I have approved your comment. I would advise anyone wishing to get in touch with you to contact you direct though.

      • Val
        25 December, 2020 / 7:35 pm

        Hi James, Lesley from Abergavenny has experience that leads to water supply and pipes. I have similar story to Sharon. I am trying to sort my hum/vibration issue. The water companies need to make a profit so won’t be interested in helping us but we have to keep complaining and pushing for thus to be solved and stopped. ❤👍

        • Charter
          27 January, 2021 / 1:42 am

          profit at the expense of another’s welfare is a bit of a crime, actually. If proved to be harmful to health, this is a covert genocide, if they need profit at the cost of losing people then we all are going downhill fast

      • Val, Bristol
        25 December, 2020 / 7:43 pm

        Linda,

        Thank you for your approval. I had one email from a gent in London already.

        I read your post again and I agree with the emf causing this hum, and it being caused by all the gadgets we’re tapped on to. I have no smart reader at my property but it could be all other elements put together….

        Have a lovely Chrustmas break xxxx 🎄❤

    • samir younsi
      25 December, 2020 / 2:05 am

      Hi,
      I do feel the sound like a diesel motor running at night and the sound make me a headache.
      Any idea ??

    • Claire reid
      22 February, 2021 / 1:18 am

      Hi, sorry this is a direct reply to you / i wanted to
      Comment and couldn’t find another way. I’m a 41 year old female, it’s currently 1.15am here in Aberdeenshire Scotland and the hum is the loudest I’ve heard it in the 3 years I’ve been experiencing it. Loudest at night, from my living room and I cannot hear it outside. I do hear it during the day sometimes too. Sounds like a large bus or lorry is just passing by outside, or idling. I think it could be power cables possibly running to streetlights. I would love to know.

      • Val, Bristol
        26 March, 2021 / 1:05 pm

        Hi Claire,

        In my opinion you are very close to the truth! In my experience it felt exactly the same. I called Western Power Distribution at 4.30am on 31 Jan this year, and a week later the hum and vibration stopped for me.

        Contact m,e on my mobile if you want more detail and encouragement! 07880 518694, Val.

        All the best Xxxx

  42. Jo
    17 December, 2020 / 4:09 am

    So interesting to read these comments, I am being driven mad by a low frequency humming noise over the last 3-4 weeks that runs 24/7. It still runs when I shut the power and water off. I’ve had electricians / plumbers round who either can’t hear it or think it’s so low it shouldn’t bother me. My friends think I’m losing my mind (which I think I might be). Any help would be appreciated – I just don’t know what to do 🙁

    • Val - Bristol
      19 December, 2020 / 12:59 am

      Hi Jo,

      Where do you live?

      I have the same and I live in south east Bristol. Only detected this hum/vibration around 2 years ago maybe. I didn’t keep a diary because it was very scarce but now I do. Diary number 5.

      I contacted Bristol City Council, been told if I don’t know the source and they wouldn’t hear it, they can’t do anything about it, literally like that.

      But that’s exactly what I need, for them to investigate, I told them. Still no as an answer. I contacted local councillors, MP and even mayor. Only one councillor came to my house and contacted WessexWater on my behalf and they were going to come out and investigate but because it’s a sewerage company, and no generator in site, I was politely refused help. A polite chap Radu recommended I contact BristolWater, who supplies clean water. And if no success, to come back to him because he heard many other people coming to him with this…

      I called BristolWater but didn’t get anywhere either. They concluded it’s not their issue either…polite again but no success in locating source of this issue…

      I haven’t heard it since last night, so leave it until next episode but yeah, it is debilitating. As per Sarah’s post dated 21/11/2020, George Euistice, Secretary of state at DEFRA is to be contacted and he can launch an investigation.

      When I find a moment and remember, I’ll try and find his contact details and share it on here. It’d be interesting to hear from people that experienced it and found cause and managed to stop this. If such people exist…..

      I hop you can get some rest. Sending lots of hugs, Val. 🙂

    • Antony - Cornwall
      22 December, 2020 / 10:37 pm

      This strange hum started for me about a week ago. I am a 47yr old male with good hearing who is now having to sleep in the spare room with ear plugs (not that they help much). Neither my wife nor two young boys can hear it. It started at night but is now 24/7 but only at home. I live in Cornwall and South West Water can to my property today to see if they could pick up any vibration or leaks on the incoming water main today. They could not hear anything with listening sticks. Western Power are coming out hopefully tomorrow. I have isolated the house completely at water and electricity mains yet still the problem continues. We are not in a mining area, live about 2 miles from the sea and have few neighbours with fields around us. The noise is quite intolerable and so low that it feels like my ears are vibrating. I cannot hear the noise outside of my house. We do have a solar farm about 1/4 mile from our home but no nearby mobile masts. I am frustrated beyond belief and already struggling with the lack of sleep.

      • Val, Bristol
        24 December, 2020 / 9:18 am

        Hello Antony,

        I am so sorry for you and everyone who experiences this. I am losing my belief that in our lifetimes this will stop. There doesn’t seem to be the will from authorities to tackle this. I live in Bristol and asked our City Council’s Neighbourhood enforcement team for help but one of the operators refused to help me investigate by saying if they can’t hear it, they can’t do anything! One of my local councillors tried but said he has more important things to do in the end…I emailed our Mayor Marvin and my MP Kerry but no reply from them at all…
        I spoke to my water and sewerage companies to no avail again. They were polite and the sewerage operator Radu said he spoke to many people that contacted his sewerage company having this issue. He told me to come back if no luck anywhere, I might do that…
        I know there is the virus crisis at the moment but we are being driven mad, aren’t we?
        I was considering contacting Public Health England but again, with the crisis upon us, not sure whether it would be a waste of time…
        I will be contacting George Eustice to launch an investigation, which was a recommendation from someone here on 21 Nov. Please see the link to contact details for him, if still bad, do the same, Antony?
        I think it’s important that all of us contact him or at least local water companies

        https://members.parliament.uk/member/3934/contact

        Antony, I strongly suggest contacting George, I will do it myself too, because I seem to be wasting my and everyone else’s time. We have to go to a high office people to get this investigated and stopped.

        • Antony - Cornwall
          24 December, 2020 / 10:23 pm

          Thanks for the response. No noise yesterday and less last night but constant again now since 22:00. It feels like the whole house is vibrating. I’ll definitely write and let you know what response I get. Antony

          • Val, Bristol
            25 December, 2020 / 8:24 pm

            That’s great Antony.

            Please do let me know.

            All the best, and have a lovely Christmas 🤗

        • Antony Martin
          29 December, 2020 / 1:38 pm

          Hello Val

          To update you, I emailed George Eustice’s office in Cornwall and they responded very quickly, confirming that my email had been passed to George’s office. WPD came out this morning and after isolating the water and electric, confirmed that they (one particular individual) could also hear the hum from what appears to be an external location. WPD will now investigate. I’m not sure what would have happened if the noise had not been heard since my family cannot hear it, but feel somewhat relieved at this stage. The noise was described by WPD as a distant idling vehicle or transformer type noise which is consistent with what I hear and many others report. I had booked an appointment with a doctor today to check for low frequency tinnitus but have since cancelled it pending WPD the investigation. Given that I cannot hear the noise elsewhere, I suspect that I am not suffering from this.

          Not sure what will happen from here but it is a relief to have confirmation that this is real. I should add that SWW also called me today to ask how things are. Both utility companies and local conservative office have been excellent and responsive thus far.

          I will update with any findings.

          Best wishes

          Antony

          • Val, Bristol
            29 December, 2020 / 3:19 pm

            Hi Antony,

            Wow, that sounds terrific! Does WPD stand for Western Power Distribution and SWW for South West Water? I am astonished at the speed of the reply you got. What time of day did they attend and was the sound present when the WPD person came to your property and heard it?

            I wrote my email to George yesterday, so am now awaiting response soon too…Could you please confirm what contact details you used, because there are multiple email addresses…

            Yes please, let us know whether this was resolved for you.

            Val 😀

          • Val, Bristol
            30 December, 2020 / 9:02 am

            Morning Antony,

            I am surprised at the speed of the response you had. My councillors, council and MP are all labour. If I don’t get as fast response as you, I’ll will consider contacting my local conservative office.

            How is the hum? Has it disappeared? I had none of it last night but two previous nights were a nightmare.

            I had an email from Ali, who lives in Canada. Same thing happens to her. This is definitely man made and needs to be stopped…

            Please do keep us updated. I need to know how to get this resolved.

            P.S. Linda, do you still suffer from this disturbance, or has it finally stopped for you? Love, Val.

        • Antony Martin - Cornwall
          30 December, 2020 / 3:34 pm

          Hi Val

          Yes you are correct ref SWW and WPD. WPD called at about 11am yesterday. The hum was not obvious but could be heard when the house was isolated and silent. Last night was perhaps the worst night that I have had but I am thinking that this may be partly due to having focused on the noise during the day and the fact that the wind has dropped. I contacted Mr Eustice through the local Camborne / Redruth contact details and have updated them following the WPD visit and will keep them informed. It was a relief to have someone else confirm that this is not in my imagination. I guess that this is not a simple path from here as identifying the problem will inevitably prove difficult but am encouraged by the response from all.

          It is now 15:20 and whilst the hum is faint with other background noise at this time of day, it can still be heard / felt (if you know what I mean). For me it feels as though the house is amplifying an external noise which cannot be determined as a vibration, pulse or wind but sounds most like a distant idling vehicle or transformer hum. After listening to various sounds on the internet, I would guess that I am hearing something in the range of 30hz to 40hz that changes between being constant and intermittent in an almost mechanical way. The frequency sometimes appears higher at night and most prevalent from 10pm as the area becomes quiet.

          The hum can be silenced by putting my finger in one ear and appears to stop with head movement (albeit briefly). Ear plugs do not help and resting my head on a pillow appears to magnify the sound and feels as though a vibration is rising through the floor.

          Doing my best to not focus on it.

          Will update as and when there is any news.

          Best regards

          Antony

          • Val, Bristol
            31 December, 2020 / 4:59 pm

            Thank you for the update Antony,

            I know what you mean by not trying to focus on the issue. So when you read this….HAPPY NEW YEAR! 😃

            When you describe your experience, I can’t help but keep nodding and say it is exactly the same as what I experience, even about the pillow, 10pm starts and you hear/feel it…..I was very relieved when I found Linda’s website! At least I know this really is happening to other people, not just me 😊

            I have not heard any hum for the last 2 nights, which is amazing but am cautiously optimistic, as always, before it comes back….

            Apologies for my 2 previous msgs to you, they were similar….I wrote the second before Linda approved the first one….

            All the best, let’s stay positive, everyone 🤗🤗🤗🤗👍❤

          • linda
            Author
            31 December, 2020 / 6:56 pm

            Can I just wish all of you a happy and a quiet new year. From your posts, it does seem as if progress is being made – one small step at a time.

          • Val, Bristol
            24 January, 2021 / 3:42 pm

            Hi Antony,

            I hope all is well with you 🙂
            Have you had any luck finding what causes this in your area?
            Val.

          • Antony Martin
            28 January, 2021 / 10:55 pm

            Hi Val
            Nothing to report but WPD did install a sound meter this week for a 24hr period. It records noise from something like 18hz to 20,000hz and creates a graphical representation of the sound. In conjunction with the diary that I gave them for the period, they will try to determine what I am hearing. They are apparently looking for a frequency of about 120hz to identify it as being their equipment but will provide me with a report next week. No idea what this will determine but they have been very proactive thus far. As for the hum, I can still hear it now.
            I’ll update when I get the results.

            Best wishes

            Antony

      • Wayne Peplow
        1 January, 2021 / 11:18 am

        Hi Antony. I live in Cornwall and also suffer terribly from this los frequency hum. It feels like the inside of your head is vibrating. I only started to notice it about a year ago when we moved to threemilestone. Did you ever find any answers?
        Regards wayne

        • Antony - Cornwall
          1 January, 2021 / 8:59 pm

          Hi Wayne

          No news as yet from WPD. My previous posts pretty much set out where I am apart from the fact that I also heard the humming whilst in my garage this morning. This would strongly suggest this is not linked to any direct connection of utilities to my property since we have no power or water to the garage. In theory, this would suggest to me some other external source being felt / heard after passing through the air. It would also reinforce that buildings perhaps amplify the sound or are somehow causing the vibration (for want of a better explanation) to be heard. I have read lots of reports from others and one thing that appears to be fairly consistent is that the noise cannot easily be detected even with the appropriate scientific equipment. This leads me to wonder whether we are actually hearing an external sound or feeling something which is then being turned into a sound within the ear. It is interesting that the individual from WPD also heard a sound and described it as I did but I am left wondering if he he heard it or whether, like me, his ear reacted the same way to create the sound. I’m clearly not a scientist so any type of low frequency sound meter (if WPD possess such a thing) may help to determine whether there is actually a noise. I have not ruled out some form of low frequency tinnitus or sensitive hearing issue for this reason and may explore this further with a doctor subject to what WPD may do to investigate this. I am not suggesting that this is a WPD issue at this time as I simply do not know. It does sound (excuse the pun) the most logical due to the transformer like hum but recent walks in the area have not suggested any such noise when passing transformers. The only potential noise has been from a nearby SWW pumping station but even this is not the same. It therefore remains a mystery to me but I am hoping that somebody will be able to help. I will post any update on here as and when I can.

          Best regards

          Antony

          • Wayne
            3 January, 2021 / 1:06 pm

            Hi Antony. Thanks for getting back. I can also ‘hear’ it in the garage. Its been really bad here the last few nights. It first started for my around march time. I did think it could be agricultural, maybe vibrations from tractors? I thought this could be due to the high amount of granite in ground making the vibration travel? Not sure now as I don’t think tractors would be going 24/7 at this time of the year? I get same as you, if I move my head it stops for a split second. I also think I hear it more in left ear. During lockdown I did drive around to try and find the source but didn’t really find anything. I’ve contacted western Power and environment health, both haven’t been able to help as no other reports have been made in my area. Do you think it could be mining related? Or military? Maybe radar? It definitely feels like a vibration that is being picked up by the inner ear.

            Let’s hope we find the source. Its Sunday afternoon and its really loud in my living room at the moment.

            Wayne

        • Val, Bristol
          2 January, 2021 / 8:40 am

          Hi Wayne,

          While you wait for reply from Antony, I will give you a link to contact for our DEFRA Secretary of state George Eustice. See link below:

          https://members.parliament.uk/member/3934/contact

          Please email to his constituency email, with your name, address and phone number and describe what your problem is and clearly say what you want him to do, which is to launch an investigation into this issue and resolve it. Just now I forwarded my email from 5 days ago to his parliamentary email to his constituency email because I had no response as yet, whereas Antony emailed to George’s Camborne office and had a responses almost instantly….

          I have started experiencing this around 2 years ago but really badly from this summer.

          All the best 🙂

  43. Dannielle
    11 December, 2020 / 1:16 am

    I’m lay in bed. It’s gone 1am. I’m online because the hum I hear every night when all goes quiet is irritating to say the least. I feel a heavy vibration too. I noticed this many years ago and just thought it was the house. I’ve moved house a couple of times since then, (in the same area) and I still hear and feel it and I too have tinnitus due to some hearing loss. My GP thinks I’m crazy. No one believes me. To know there are others that also hear it is a comfort. It’s not just me.

    • Paul
      14 December, 2020 / 5:37 am

      I’m EXCTLY the same. Though male. So rule out menopause. I think us hum sufferers should keep a log. It comes on and off. If there were a growing body of evidence showing people were effected and they all record the same start and stop. All with insomnia. At least there’s some proof. Then if someone could pinpoint where it originated and say tune in and record it (that must be possible, after all it’s likely carrying information) showing the same start and stop times as the en mass recordings then that would close the loop. Up the road in the high street there’s a high pitch sound (not the hum) that’s clearly man made and it’s that bad people are recording it. There’s nothing that can be done. Its amazing how close your issue is to mine. I was just lying here wondering what I can do and figured the only way I could prove to myself whether the hum is killing my sleep (I’m 90% positive) is to literally go camping. Move to a remote spot and see if sleep comes. If it is EMFs then the only solution would be to sleep in a Faraday cage…and at that point everyone will think we’ve gone absolutely bonkers. Feel free to connect. I think us hum sufferers should share data. What do our locations have in common?

      • Val
        19 December, 2020 / 12:28 am

        Hi Paul,

        I think on similar lines, if people that suffer with this sensitivity, it’d be a good start to know where they are from and they should keep a diary. I’m on diary 5.
        I live in south east Bristol and have approached my councillors, MP and mayor. Only one councillor actually came and met me at a distance at my house. He approached WessexWater on my behalf, which maintains sewerage. A polite and lovely guy Radu confirmed that heard the same issue I have with hum and vibration many times. However, we concluded that it’s not treatment works, so we left it at that with an open mind that I can return to him if I don’t solve this.
        He suggested I approached BristolWater, who supply us with clean water. I did that, however, didn’t get anywhere. They politely concluded it’s not their problem either. I have experienced the vibration/hum since last Saturday but not since last night.
        I will persevere when I have more energy because this is draining, trying to find the source of this. Of course I thought this could be electro-magnetic fields problem, just can’t figure it out…
        Where do you live. Same question for Dannielle xxx

    • Wayne
      1 January, 2021 / 9:24 pm

      I totally understand. I have been plagued by this on and off for about a year. Im in Cornwall. Trying to learn to tune out but its not easy. Hope you are having a peaceful evening.

  44. Don Chester
    3 December, 2020 / 1:43 pm

    I have read through a lot of these modern happenings and thought an older version might be of interest, this happened to me during the early 1960’s as a 12 year old boy.
    I called Dad in to the bedroom – where I slept with three of my brothers – one evening, to investigate the strange noise outside. Across the lane outside the window was woodland, stretching for about a hundred yards, until it gave way to a short field of about fifty yards that bordered the river Cothi, across the river a blanket of Forestry Commission rising to the top of the mountain and then more fields. Locally, in any direction there was nothing but fields; cows, sheep and (probably) the occasional poacher. The noise was clear and pulsating, exactly like the large 20 HP electric motor that was a regular feature of a factory where I later worked. At home, though, we had no electricity at that time and no mains water.
    Dad stood and looked out of the window into the darkness for what seemed an age, then closed the curtains on the noise and without a word, walked out.
    Fascinating, that at that time there were no pipelines, no masts, and no phones, not in our house anyway !
    There are more things in heaven and earth …

    • linda
      Author
      3 December, 2020 / 5:56 pm

      It does sound like a UFO doesn’t it. Did your dad ever say what he thought it was?

  45. Scotty O'Leary
    3 December, 2020 / 8:46 am

    Hi everyone,

    I live in a remote part of Tasmania ( the island at the bottom of Australia ) and far away from any industrial infrastructure, main roads or any other man made thing that could cause ‘the hum’. Probably about 5 years ago I started to hear the same myterious droning hum, but only of an evening. And it was always louder in the house than outside. It came and went sporadically but I could never find the cause. In the past year the intensity of the hum has increased and is now present 24/7. It is audible all the time and I can actually feel a low vibration in my body. Earplugs will decrease the volume but I can still feel the vibration.
    Scientists have suggested waves crashing on the ocean floor and magma building up from volcanic activity. Yeah right ! I live in a mountainous region over 100kms from the sea and the last volcanic eruption in this area was over 165 million years ago ( maybe its overdue… 😊).
    My intuition says this abhorrent noise is created by man and I can’t help but wonder if it is somehow related to the invisible, but completely pervasive frequencies generated by mobile phones, internet, wi-fi, satellite signals etc. I can’t help but think we are slowly killing ourselves and our planet with our overuse and pitiful dependance on these technologies. Just think, if these signals can pass through solid matter like walls, then our bodies are constantly filtering these frequencies whether we like it our not.
    I chose to live where I live to be close to nature and the rhythms of the earth. I used to be able to enjoy pure silence and could hear the earth breathe. The ‘hum’ is not a part if the natural order, of this I am certain and if only 2-4% of the population can hear it then maybe we are looking at a great conspiracy.
    Has anyone else noticed that when it is really bad it affects your mental state in a most negative way ? i.e. depression, suicide ideation, intolerance and irritability, and all without a genuine reason.

    • Sarah Cutts- East Yorkshire
      7 December, 2020 / 7:29 pm

      It is very interesting to me to learn of the impact of this in other countries, especially Tasmania as it is so far away! Can you find out if there are any high pressure gas pipelines that have been laid within a few hundred miles? According to the internet low frequencies can travel of distances of upto 1200 miles which is staggering. I read an interesting paper written by medical experts in LF noise in Holland with input from Australia. It appears a membrane in the inner ear may be vibrating. Why are only 1-4% of the population hearing it – what is so different about us?
      Whilst we can all go crazy looking for the cause (which we may never find) we must concentrate on finding a cure or coping mechanisms – which is not easy when you hear it 24/7. I know of 3 people who no longer hear it – two who have lost a lot of their hearing and one who recovered from a traumatic episode. My first audiologist I saw said he saw a man who paid hundreds of thousands of pounds and found a hearing expert in Australia who diagnosed a vibrating muscle in the inner ear – and cured him.
      I still say to lobby your local MP, keep a diary and look to see if any country has pioneered an operation to stop us hearing this awful noise.
      Thank you Linda for creating this site and putting us in touch with one another.

      • linda
        Author
        8 December, 2020 / 9:12 am

        You’re welcome! The vibrating membrane thing is interesting but as you say, why some and not others?

    • lisa
      8 December, 2020 / 2:16 am

      yes me too!

    • Val - Bristol
      19 December, 2020 / 12:35 am

      Hi Scotty,

      Thanks for your post. Yes, I feel like banging on the window when it’s at its worst and I can’t get a normal night’s sleep. I do feel very irritated and it scares me!

  46. 28 November, 2020 / 4:43 pm

    I too live near Cardiff and I’m hearing the hum more and more often late at night. I’d love to know the cause of it!

  47. Jaye
    27 November, 2020 / 10:19 pm

    Thank you Thank you Thank you.
    I got to the stage where I thought I was going mad. I had the housing come and change all the extractor fans, some of which we couldn’t turn off. Had the neighbours turn off boilers and electric as surely it had to be one of theirs as I had done the same to mine and the issue was still there. I have tried sleeping with the speakers playing whales, crickets, frogs last night i even tried white noise.
    So in a selfish way I am glad it isn’t just me as I started to think my ears had gone, however I wish this on anyone. I will look at emailing my councillor and see if I can get help and find out if our water company has increased the pressure as our whole block hears the sound.
    Thank you for posting this.

    • Kathy
      25 December, 2020 / 11:14 am

      I live in Colorado, USA. I am constantly hearing a low humming noise in my home. No one can hear it but me. It is the loudest at night and continues well into the morning, leaving many sleepless nights. There have been days when I wake up vibrating to the humming frequency. I have noticed that i can hear it during the day as well, but it seems like it can “turn off” during the day. It’s driving me insane. I had countless technicians come to my home to check my furnace and water heater as well as other appliances and none of that is the source. I feel better knowing other people are hearing this.

  48. Val
    27 November, 2020 / 2:23 pm

    Hi, How is everyone?
    I didn’t have WessexWater inspecting this issue but it doesn’t matter right now as for me the hum and vibration stopped. Last 2 wks or so, I haven’t experienced any of it…

    I was in contact with them though and iI am not an isolated case, Radu told me…However they are a sewerage company. If this reoccurs, I shall contact Bristol Water.

    Please share your latest experiences xxxx

  49. stephen Case
    26 November, 2020 / 9:39 am

    Hi Charlie, I have been living in my house for 37 year in England. Until 2019 I lived in peace and quiet of the country side and went down the same route as everyone else starting first turning the electricity mains off. It has taken me a year to nail this noise down to the mobile mask / cellphone towers this was due to travelling the country and picking up the hum at some hotels and not others. When there was a hum in the room there would be a mobile mask close by. Back at home this is now daily and sometimes low and other times deep, fast and loud. When It first started it was 5am the next day 4am then 3am 2am, and 1am and continued into the evening until it became 24/7. So I knew someone was testing this from the start and I am not mad.
    What has changed here is 4G indoor signal strength black spots called super-voice or WiFi calling. From Three 3G network and they use lower frequency 800MHZ spectrum which can travel further inside of buildings this also allows for broadband instead of landline. I first put this down to 5G but it’s not here yet, so how much worse can it get? Hope this is some help.

  50. Charlie
    22 November, 2020 / 10:51 pm

    Hi there

    Im in Menorca .. and arrived from living in Barcelona 2 weeks ago.
    I haven’t been able to sleep since I got here because of a low constant him and vibration which I constantly hear .. in the day and night . I thought it was the house I was staying in but we cut the circuit breaker the house and it was still there. I came to stay in a hotel to try and get say from it but I feel the same thing here. I always slept ok in Barcelona though so I’m not sure what is happening. It’s driving me mad and I’m exhausted from no sleep .
    I have never heard this before .. not from something I couldn’t switch off anyway. I may have to just move back to Barcelona but I’m kind of worried now that something weird has happened to my ears and head in the last few weeks .
    Ear plugs don’t seem to work for me as I feel the vibration just as loud .

    • Val
      23 November, 2020 / 6:32 pm

      Hi Charlie,

      It is most likely water pipes or gas pipes. If you’re staying in Menorca for a longer period of time, I suggest getting in touch with your local Councillor, if they have such network there. Or contact the local authorities, Council, and/or your local water or gas supplier. Or if you are renting your house, get in touch with your landlord first….

      All the best, I know what it’s like being driven mad by no sleep, like all other people here 🙂 Xxxx

  51. Val
    21 November, 2020 / 10:18 am

    Hi Sharon,

    Are you still experiencing this hum and vibration issue yourself?

    I had my hearing test done this Wednesday, audiologist confirmed I have a perfect hearing, slightly worse in my left ear but perfect. She suggested it could be tinnitus, I quietly disagree but am open to suggestions.

    I had an email from my local water supplier WessexWater, that they are coming to investigate next week. I shall keep you all posted.

    However, there might be no need of action because my “personal” hum and vibration stopped since around 6 nights ago and it is a complete bliss!!! The big time lapse did happen before for as long as 17 nights, so I’m cautiously optimistic and really hoping it’ll never come back. Only so that I don’t make a fool of myself. People don’t believe it in the first instance.

    Bristol Council Neighbourhood enforcement department operator Amanda insisted they can’t do anything if I don’t know the source and they can’y hear it. I might complain about their approach to this because it is debilitating for people like us, who are hyper sensitive and supposedly “nothing can be done”. This is an institutional approach and I strongly disagree with it!

    I passionately recommend approaching local Councillors and ask them to approach your local water supplier, or if you are gutsy enough, do it yourself. Attach a diary to your correspondence, like I did. It will at least make the water supplier realise what you’re going through, before contacting you back. All the best and all my love 🙂

    • Sharon
      29 November, 2020 / 10:32 am

      Hi Val,

      Please accept my apologies for the delay, I’ve been flat out at work.

      It’s really good to hear you no longer hear the hum. I’ve not managed to speak to my councillor yet. I’ll hopefully get a hold of him this week to try and get to the bottom of this. Like the last 2 years I’ve just been learning to live with it, which for my own sanity I cannot do that indefinitely.

      Thanks for your help Val, I’ll keep you posted.

      Sharon xx

      • Val - Bristol
        19 December, 2020 / 12:46 am

        Hi Sharon,

        How are you? I have heard it since my last post, but not as maddening as other times. I didn’t get anywhere with either Wessex or BristolWater. They were very nice though.

        What are we experiencing????

        • Sharon
          8 January, 2021 / 3:04 pm

          Hi Val,

          I’m well thank you, I hope all well with you?

          That’s the same as me, I’ll hear so intensely then all of a sudden it settles down a bit for a day or two. I just don’t understand it. It’s very weird! I can’t think what it could be. I did think the water pressure was a very good shout, but do you think otherwise now?

  52. Val
    18 November, 2020 / 10:17 am

    HI EVERYONE!

    I’m so excited by this right now.

    I think I found the cause, together with my local Lib Dem councillor Tony Carey.

    After reading J Lesley’s post on here (Thank you again Linda for creating this forum!!! 🙂 ), Tony emailed our local water supplier WessexWater, requesting a map of water supply network in my area, in Bristol.

    There is no reply as far as I’m aware. However, the hum/vibration stopped. I sometimes think I can hear/feel it but that cold be my imagination. It could also be just a regular traffic…

    Anyway, my advice and hunch is that it is the water pressure. If the water is pumped faster in old and narrow pipes, it might cause this hum/vibration that some of us detect.

    I’d suggest to Max and Sharon, and everyone who experiences it to find your local councillors via the link below, contact them, or contact your local water supplier and speak to them.

    I am hoping that I won’t have to contact anyone further, and this now stopped forever…

    I am going to have a hearing test done today, we thought it was a good idea with my councillor, just to eliminate that I have a hearing problem…

    Please persist with your local councillors, I did. I keep apologising for being a nuisance with this issue but at the end of the day, it is my health I’m concerned about. I urge you to sort it!

    All the best.

    • sarah cutts
      21 November, 2020 / 6:10 pm

      My life has been hell since the end of July. Three audiologists have told me its tinnitus – even though I said it feels like immense pressure, and the noise stops on certain days. Having carried out lots of research I have learnt that older people (40+) pick up on low frequencies. Having kept a diary since that fateful day I would be able to find out what was causing it – as long as I could see the information held by any company that operates pipes underground. Here lies the problem – it ties in with high pressured gas pipelines – but no gas company (nor the company that owns all the pipes) are willing, even under the freedom of information act, to divulge their ‘down times’. I used to get 2 days of ‘down time’ during the summer but now it goes on 7 days a week with probably 1 day break in every 3 weeks. The gas companies have admitted they are now on their winter timetable. I urge every one of you to write to your local MP but in particular write to the only person who can launch an investigation – George Eustice, Secretary of State at DEFRA.

      • Val - Bristol
        19 December, 2020 / 12:43 am

        Sarah, That is really bad, what you’re experiencing. Did you write to George Eustice?

        I will try your suggestion.

  53. Max
    17 November, 2020 / 7:38 am

    I’ve heard of the Hum, I’m a Bristolian and I usually sleep like a Log. Last night the Hum was there it’s so weird! Like a low frequency noise that changes pitch very slightly, so just as i dropped off again it builds and wakes me up. It’s a weird slow pulsing noise.
    I don’t get tinitus and I could feel it in my body. Very unnerving. Anyone else hear it at 1am last night?

    • Val - Bristol
      19 December, 2020 / 12:49 am

      Max,

      I just checked my diaries and I didn’t detect the hum/vibration on or around 17 November. I had a quiet spell…

  54. Sharon
    12 November, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only person hearing this. It’s actually sole destroying the low frequency hum noise I constantly hear. I’m desperate to know where it’s coming from. The only way I can describe it is it’s like a diesel truck idling in the distance. Initially I thought it was a generator or something but the noise too powerful and seems to be all around me. I only hear it inside, which makes me think is it something to do with water or gas pressure. Heard it consistently for the last two years. Horrendous!

    • linda
      Author
      12 November, 2020 / 6:47 pm

      Hi Sharon – no you’re definitely not alone!

      • Hets
        17 November, 2020 / 8:46 pm

        Thankyou for your article
        I have the exact same problem started in September and stopped a few weeks ago, but now started again last night.
        Constant low frequency humming like generator, idling motorbikes or plant machinery. This is audible from front of house but only when windows closed. Worse upstairs.
        At first I thought distant roadworks or nearby farms but it is a constant hum i can’t pin point. Even the council EHO has been out and investigated nearby possible places for generators/ machinery running overnight but to no avail.

        Cant wear earplugs as have to wake up for baby and kids. Really dread bedtime, and now suffering anxiety as a result
        Wondering whether to get new windows/ triple glazing or acoustic glazing. Is it worth it?
        I live in Cheshunt, north of London and M25. But never had an issue with noise like this before

        • Val
          21 November, 2020 / 10:07 am

          Hi Hets,

          I am pretty positive it’s a water supply! As per my post on 18 Nov, if old pipes are suddenly exposed to higher water pressure, I suspect this can cause the hum and vibration.

          I experienced exactly the same issue, the vibration went right through me, my heart beat faster, and yes, front of my house, (but when really bad, in the whole of the house), more intense with windows closed and at night because all other internal and external noises die down…

          My advice is to contact your local Councillor or go straight to your water supplier and enquire. I attached to my email a diary, which Bristol City Council asks everyone with a noise complaint to fill in. It seems to have worked because since 6 nights ago, the hum stopped, I am hearing nothing except for the normal every day life noises. Please do that, it should work…All the best, Val 🙂

          My local one, WessexWater, are coming next week to investigate.

        • Iona
          26 December, 2020 / 3:29 pm

          Hi Hets,

          How have you been getting on with the noise? I can see you wrote your reply in November and you’re not too far from me. I am based in harlow and can hear this noise. It is really starting to do my head in!

          • Val, Bristol
            28 December, 2020 / 9:58 am

            Hi Iona,

            I just wrote to George Eustice, DEFRA’s Secretary of state. I will see whether he can help us investigate what causes this. It is insane.

            I am so sorry for everyone’s sake, I had a bad night last night! Makes me very tired and angry! It’s Xmas, I want to enjoy it with my 12yo daughter. My eyes are puffed up like never before…

          • Hetts
            1 February, 2021 / 9:12 pm

            Hi Val and Iona,
            Thankyou for replying
            I’m sorry you both have this problem
            The noise is still relentless. I have been keeping a daily log for the past month to try and identify any patterns. Noise usually starts most nights around 8pm. And often stops over weekends, but not always, there doesn’t seem to be a specific enough pattern to days week on week.
            What Val Said about water pipes seem logical, we are in a period property and I imagine pipes would be quite old, and thinking about it the noise started around same time Thames Water carried out improvements around the borough.
            I am open to the water idea, however each house on the road had new stop cocks and smart meters fitted on pavement and there has been no change to the noise nuisance.
            EHO have given up it seems. We live on a relatively quiet road but have had enough to the point we are considering acoustic laminated windows to be installed in the hope the noise will stop! Watch this space…

            Iona have you noticed any patterns in timings/ days?

    • Val
      13 November, 2020 / 10:25 pm

      Hi Sharon, where so you live? I live in Bristol and it really bad sometimes. And as Linda says, you’re not alone. I had a few people living locally to me saying on Nextdoor app saying that they hear, or feel it. I feel this as a vibration as much as hearing it…It is crippling…Try your water aupplier, as Lesley described…I will try that xxx Tackle it ❤

      • Sharon
        15 November, 2020 / 9:05 pm

        Hi Val, I hope you’re well.

        I live in Scotland. I did think the same thing Val with the vibration, sometimes I feel it’s going right through me. It’s torture, I’ve seen me just heading out in the car just to get some respite from it. I’ve had the council environmental team out & never got anywhere, was fed up chasing the guy after being told they would put in low frequency meters. I’ve read the comments & the gas pressure does make sense so wondering if it’s that. It’s so nice to speak to people who know what your going through. Thank you for messaging❤️X

        • Val
          18 November, 2020 / 10:07 am

          Hi Sharon,
          Contact your local councillor, link below:

          https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors

          My councillor Tony came to see me, and eventually emailed our local water supplier WessexWater to obtain a map of existing water supply network. I have heard and felt it since he emailed (copying me into it) and I must say the hum/vibration stopped a couple of days after. It seems to be to do with water pressure, when the water is pumped too fast through old and narrow pipes, it causes this hum and vibration.

    • Patrizia
      14 November, 2020 / 11:45 pm

      I Live in South West London and `I have to say that recently this humming has become much stronger.
      I could describe it as an airplane engine a constant rumbling..
      I believe that in the evening is much worse as probably have less way to distract my self.
      I started researching only recently and I was so surprised and glad that I am not the only one hearing it..
      I guess the worst part is that you don’t know who to tell or how to make it stop and if I give in, it can really drive me insane and make me want cry as I feel powerless.

      • Christine Dowson
        17 November, 2020 / 5:02 am

        I live in Harlow, Essex. I often wake up during the night and think I can hear humming. I’ve always believed it to be the distant motorway. But I’ve closed the windows and can still hear it. It drives me 😜crazy!

        • Val
          21 November, 2020 / 10:26 am

          Patrizia, Christine,

          It’s so heartbreaking hearing how badly this is affecting you.

          I’m afraid I’m taking over Linda in this forum, however, I strongly believe it’s your water supply.

          I had my hearing checked this Wednesday, that isn’t the issue, it’s absolutely perfect. Audiologist suggested it might be tinnitus, I don’t agree because I also felt vibration going through my body.

          I have a massive development, firstly the hum and vibration stopped around a week ago so I’m cautiously optimistic this is it and I’ll never experience it.

          Second development is that after I contacted my local councillor, he emailed my local water supplier, WassesWater, to supply us with a map of piping in my area. I replied to his email, copied the WessexWater customer service team, attached my Bristol City Council noise diary Number 4, have 3 previous ones, and they’re coming to investigate next week.

          I strongly recommend you all do this. Water supply seems to be the problem! 🙂 All the best Xxx

        • Iona Connolly
          26 December, 2020 / 3:31 pm

          Hi Christine,

          I am in harlow too and can still hear it. It is driving me insane. I’m losing sleep because of it. How have you been getting on with it? Any luck in finding out where it’s coming from?

  55. james obrien
    10 November, 2020 / 8:49 pm

    i live near chipping warden and every night early morning ihear the noise like a distant diesel engine and it wakes me

    • Val
      13 November, 2020 / 10:36 pm

      Hi James, Lesley from Abergavenny has experience that leads to water supply and pipes. I have similar story to Sharon. I am trying to sort my hum/vibration issue. The water companies need to make a profit so won’t be interested in helping us but we have to keep complaining and pushing for thus to be solved and stopped. ❤👍

  56. J Lesley
    5 November, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    I’ve been in hell for the past 5 years from a constant 24/7 hum that rarely stops & has been getting increasingly worse. Moved here (near Abergavenny) in June 2015, having stayed at he house for a long weekend plus viewings & checking around the area. Idyllic – originally. That autumn I began to feel ill occasionally & it gradually got worse. There was a constant hum, day & changed for the worse at night & a more roaring sound. The house felt pressurised & ‘full’. Horrendous headaches, stomach acid, weight gain (no probs usually) , screeching ears, dizzy, nauseous & a feeling frightened.24 hours a day. Had every appliance checked & no probs. Just before Christmas we had been away for a week & on returning we walked in & the house felt ‘clean & clear’, just like it used to. Went to fill a kettle & the water pressure was v low. Brownish water for my bath that night & it went on for the rest of that week. It was bliss. I heard the water returning up the pipe in the lane about 5 days later. It sounded like a big & loud lorry roaring up the lane & the house turned to hell again. Environmental Health sent out a man who said ‘ Well it isn’t a dog barking & I can’t hear it so I can’t do anything as I’d be laughed out of court’ I did carry on complaining – the did sent a woman out because she had ‘very good hearing’ & the she immediately felt a pressure on her ears & a tinkling noise. Much later down the line I asked if she’d come for a flow test with Welsh Water as she had felt something originally. She felt the pressure release & return & I was told by her boss that it was only because ‘she’d been expecting it’ & she was not allowed to be present again. Got a gauge to check water pressure & I started moaning at 6.3 bar & it has just kept rising. Welsh Water have denied that it’s them, they have taken a sound test that shows 24h 7 day a week low frequency noise & infrasound & have said ‘it’s only breaking the guidelines sometimes at night & we’re not going to do anything. Environmental Health were there that evening too & just said they’d pretty much got the same thing. A Structural Engineer, who has a contact in WW, has said the low frequencies/infrasound will be vibrating the house (structural damage). A dowsing group came up & all 3 women felt terrible. I have recently complained to WW again & been told it’s not their water main (it is) & they won’t do anything & refuse to lower the pressure even though it is at least double of what it was originally. I started my pressure readings when it was 6.3 bar & I know it was a lot lower originally, because on viewing, tap pressure was good but not excessive & it hammers out now – I occasionally turn the PRV off just to see what the pressure is. The highest reading I took was 9.2 bar. It has been increasing for no reason. We are all on PRV’s & complain that the pressure is too high & there are no houses higher than this one & if it was much lower originally why won’t they put it back down? It is a v pretty & was a v peaceful rural area but the noise is all around (& now in town & in a few places – since the Morrisons & road/paving construction) It doesn’t make any sense. Nobody was complaining about pressure being too low then. I feel like I’m going to die. I have to sleep in a permanently pitched tent in the garden every few days, just to get some relief. Our daughter who was originally here every 5 minutes from the SE of England has not been for over 2 years as she feels terrible. My mum & dad would have loved it here but I couldn’t risk them being made v ill by staying. Being in their 80’s they have/had things to contend with. My dad died a few months ago never having watched all the birds from the bench by the back door. We now have a granddaughter & wish so much that both her & my daughter could come & stay like a normal family does. I can almost guarantee that all of your problems are likely to be the water mains. I see snippets of hum problems from Welsh newspapers. Welsh Water are being protected from competition – the quality of the water is disgusting, it regularly smells of eye watering bleach & we’ve had to get a water filter. I hope some of this may help you. I don’t want to move, but will probably have to.

    • Val
      13 November, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      Hi Lesley, I am astonished to hear how bad it is at your house! What do you measure the water pressure with and where? I am so sorry that the water companies don’t do a thing. I guess they need to make profit, not lose by fixing this issue.
      Thank you so much for this. I shall try to argue with our local WessexWater. Who shall I approach first though? And why is this hum/vibration so noticeable only at night?? It does drive one mad….Thanks for sharing your experience ❤ All the best xx

      • Val
        21 November, 2020 / 10:29 am

        Hi J, (sorry if I got your name wrong)

        How’s the situation now?

        I want to thank you for putting me on the correct path. I think and am cautiously optimistic that I found my source of this hum and vibration!!!

        All the best, it’d be great to hear whether your source has stopped Xxxx

    • Brett Davies
      6 January, 2021 / 8:30 pm

      Hi Lesley,

      I think you have it spot on with the water pressure, makes sense, I have investigated my situation and narrowed it down to water pressure, also I live in the middle of 2 aqueducts converging and a pumped main.
      Sometimes the water companies up pressure in an area due to new housing developments, the up the pressure to deal with the increased demand.
      I hope yours has got better, I am on the case with my situation now and will hopefully sort it out. Good luck

      • Val, Bristol
        31 January, 2021 / 5:40 pm

        Hi Brett,
        Are you getting any joy with finding the source of this vibration/hum?
        I’m also trying to solve this.
        All the best xx

  57. Val
    24 October, 2020 / 10:03 am

    Hi Eleanor,
    I live in Bristol and last 7 nights were hell, as I mentioned to M.G.
    I am trying to engage the Council. I have emailed to our Mayor Marvin, my lical MP Kerry and my local councillors, both of them.
    I fear that Linda is right though, this is an issue that Council has some interest in or is too huge to pay for…investigations etc…
    If you live near Bristol, try to submit a complaint with a 14 days Noise diary, link below. Don’t be put off by them telling you they can’t do anything. When I tried for the first time, I answered I don;t know the source and it tells you: Council can’t do anything. Submit it under a different cause. I used a Building site…

    https://www.bristol.gov.uk/pests-pollution-noise-food/noise

    If we fight it, at least we tried…

  58. Val
    22 October, 2020 / 4:12 am

    Hi Linda,

    I might be posting this for a second time, just lost my internet connection and had to reconnect…

    I live in Bristol, near City Centre and also heard this noise/vibration since some years ago…I didn’t suspect anything at first but now it is driving me insane. Last 5 nights I was woken up at 3, 6 and 7am regularly.

    I am in contact with our mayor Marvin Rees, my local MP Keery McCarthy and my 2 local councillors. As one of the comments previously, it seems council knows something but won’t act upon people’s complaints for business reasons….

    I’ll see whether I get anywhere….I’m exhausted.

    • linda
      Author
      22 October, 2020 / 8:01 am

      Hi Val – no it’s through OK. Funnily enough things were incredibly loud over Dinas Powys again on Tuesday night. Opened the bedroom window at 2:30 am but I just cannot place what the sound is. I live near Dow Corning (a chemical plant in Barry) and we have lots of house building going on nearby but this is odd. I did wonder if it is engineering works on the railway but the volume makes me think not.I’m increasingly coming to the conclusion that there is something we are not being told. Heartily recommend Muffles earplugs by Boots (£2 ish a box) and an eye mask!

      • Val
        24 October, 2020 / 9:49 am

        Hi Linda,
        I’m so glad you created this website because the comments people left here absolute resonate, pardon the pun, with me.
        I have been putting earplugs in my ears for a very long time now but this just isn’t going away. I feel I’m beginning developing stomach problem, it hurts and I start thinking it might because of the stress of this.
        The sound/vibration hasn’t been this bad yet!
        I am pushing my local councillors and my MP and the Marvin, our Mayor to sort this.
        But I dread that you are correct in thinking that we are just being ignored due to this either being too bis an issue (faulty gas pipe lines) or a financial gain BCC might have from an activity that causes this issue.
        I don’t know, I’m just a single mum and need this sorted because I have a 12yo daughter, who might loose me if I loose it…It would be nice talking to you if you want and have the energy. I’d love to know more so I can fight it with the authorities. I have mentioned your website and gave them a link. I hope you don’t mind.
        Lots of love, I’m exhausted…

      • Val
        24 October, 2020 / 11:44 pm

        How is everyone?

        I visited my friend today and mentioned my problem to her and whether she experiences it too. She doesn’t hear this hum but siggested that around 0.7m from my house, a smallish train depot sometimes leaves their engines running all night, often many days in a row…I went to check it tonight around 10.30 but no engines were running, didn’t see any actually. Local residents were complaing on a Brislington community page, she came across it. I think I can hear it now. Don’t really look fwd to going to my bed, it’s becoming to feel like torture place now.

        • linda
          Author
          25 October, 2020 / 11:33 am

          Hi Val – just a thought but did you know you can buy acoustic blinds and curtains which might dull the sound slightly. I’m not sure how much sound reduction they give as I haven’t tried them but it might be worth taking a look. Also Everest do windows with acoustic glass. I appreciate that this is a significant outlay but we have them in our house now and they do make a difference.

          • Val
            13 November, 2020 / 10:44 pm

            I shall consider your suggestion but sounds dear. Why is the hum/vibration so noticeable at night mainly though? Occasionally in the morning….

            Thank you so much for creating this website and giving us the platform to exchange wxperiences. How are you? ❤🙂

  59. Ellinor
    21 July, 2020 / 5:52 am

    I live in Sweden and have heard the Hum since about twenty years back in time. Always early in the mornings. Sometimes it is almost not noticeable and sometimes, like the last weeks, it’s really intense. I’ve learnt to ”live with it”. But since I came across this it is obvious that I, in mornings when the sound is extra loud to me, google to see if there has been any new scientific explanations of what it is that is causing this.

    • Val
      21 November, 2020 / 10:32 am

      Hi Ellinor,

      Please try contacting your local water supplier and explain what is happening, give them as much info as possible. I really believe now that it is a water supply, if narrow pipes are under big water pressure, this might cause the vibration and hum.

      Hopefully this will solve the problem. Let us know, please!!! All the best Xxxx

  60. Sarah
    11 July, 2020 / 9:57 am

    I live in Manchester and I have been awake since 5.15am due to an intermittent deep humming noise. It’s driving me insane. I have nothing plugged in in my bedroom and have no idea what the noise is. Tried to record the noise on my phone but it doesn’t pick it up.

  61. Julie Collinson
    9 July, 2020 / 3:57 pm

    The Hum is driving me mad…. no sleep for nights now, ear plugs worn but can still here it. Others say very faint but it isn’t when when I go to bed or when I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. I’ve changed bedrooms and even tried sleeping on the sofa, nothing works. I’ve unplugged everything i can and its still there, I just don’t know what to do, don’t really want to leave a radio plugged in and on all night.
    Oh and I’m in West Yorkshire.

    • Val
      24 October, 2020 / 9:54 am

      Hi Julie,
      Have you contacted anyone in the authorities yet?

    • Naz Mughal
      25 October, 2020 / 7:12 pm

      Dear Julie
      It’s amazing,but i have the identical scenario you experiemce.
      It started when i moved into a new build home.
      I have contacted everybody to try and get this sorted.
      I have posted Info as part of the Tenants and Residents Group i run.I will try to offer advice soon.
      It could be Timnitus or Auditory Nerve Damage.

  62. M. G.
    7 July, 2020 / 3:48 pm

    I have been hearing The Hum since 2018 and it is driving me mad. It is not just aural, I can feel it vibrating through the bed. You can hear it all over the house and it gets worse at night. It sometimes feels like pulsing in my ears – almost like changing pressure (like on plane) and can make me v. anxious. Can feel like pressure on chest at night. Council did not help. Had some kind of recording done, said something was on it when took it away, but then told us nothing could be done as the sound wasn’t loud enough to be actionable – despite fact told them it wasn’t necessarily how loud it was, but the uncomfortable physical effects. Wouldn’t let us see results, try again and were unwilling to help in any other way. I can’t help thinking they know what it might be, but it’s something they don’t want to fix because doesn’t bother everyone. During last week when was v. hot and evveryone had windows opened, was quietest ever and didn’t need earplugs. Usually, have to sleep with earplugs and/or radio on for distraction. Sound like heavy metal music or washing machine that never stops, almost felt more than heard. HELL.

    • Val
      24 October, 2020 / 9:55 am

      Hi M.G.,
      Where do you live? I live in Bristol and last 7 nights were hell for me too…
      Sending my love and hugs xxx

  63. Eleanor
    5 July, 2020 / 8:26 am

    The hum I hear is during the day and at night – I’m the only one that can hear it. I am quite deaf and hear it clearly without aids in and also with aids in. When busy or distracted I’m not aware of it. I llive between Bristol, bath and Wells. I have wondered if it is the gas pipes which a few years ago were put on the outside of the wall when installing new boiler (wasn’t given the option of replacing them internally!). I can’t remember hearing it before that – I don’t hear it at work or at sons homes. I sometimes worry there might be an explosion but put that thought in a box.

  64. Jonathan Ferguson
    23 June, 2020 / 4:12 am

    I live in the north west of England I hear it every nite it is starting to drive me insane I can feel it through my body aswel .nobody else in my house can hear it just me

    • Val
      13 November, 2020 / 10:49 pm

      Hi Jon, are you still experiencing it? 👋

  65. sandra
    12 June, 2020 / 9:57 pm

    Turning off the wifi router didn’t work. Then a few hours later it suddenly went blissfully quiet and I thought it had gone but no such luck – it was back at about 5.30 this morning. I am getting earache too and slight headaches.

  66. S
    11 June, 2020 / 11:13 pm

    I’m in Scotland and I’ve been hearing it for the past couple of weeks now . I can almost feel it as well as hear it and I’m starting to get earache with it .

  67. Sandra
    10 June, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    I am hearing the hum! I live in south yorkshire and in the past week or so have been woken in the early hours of the morning by this low almost distant sounding hum. It goes on for several hours then suddenly stops. I wasnt sure if it was within the house so checked around, turned off the fridge/freezer which made no difference. I have even thought it was coming from next door or maybe a local electricity generator, agricultural or road works. Ive tried ear plugs but they havn’t worked. Its driving me mad, I just hope it stops soon, I may try switching off my wi fi router at night to see if this makes any difference. A neighbour has also heard it but they have tinnitus and had put it down to that until they heard that i had heard it too. Help!

  68. 7 June, 2020 / 12:21 pm

    That Humming sound comes from the underground. High pressure gaspipeline transport is vibrating in the soil . This ground vibration will resonate in homes. From about 03.00h gastransport will be on high capacity. You will find all information on the internet! All you are looking for: https://www.google.com/search?biw=1152&bih=606&ei=cczcXvDYHYy1sAeHjKugBA&q=ground+vibration+resonance+in+homes+highpressure+gaspipelines&oq=ground+vibration+resonance+in+homes+highpressure+gaspipelines&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzIECCEQCjoFCCEQoAE6BAghEBU6BwghEAoQoAE6BgghEAoQFVDFG1jLYGCBZGgBcAB4AIABd4gBvxKSAQQyMS41mAEAoAEBqgEHZ3dzLXdpeg&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwiw1br0ye_pAhWMGuwKHQfGCkQQ4dUDCAw&uact=5

  69. Raymond
    28 May, 2020 / 7:06 am

    My problem started almost a year ago .I lived in this house for 7 years no humming noise until one early morning i woke up thinking it was the bathroom extracta fan (which it wasn’t) then i put it down to my neighbour getting a fish tank and it vibration against the wall (she didn’t have one) the noise 1st lasted maybe a few hours then it would stop and not come back for some days then as the year went on its is humming more than it doesn’t now.I thought it was tinnitus ,i asked my wife could she hear it she said very slightly but it does not bother her.we stay at our friends (before the lockdown) sometimes twice a week and i could hear it there sometimes what i did notice we both live close to electric pylons and i could hear it outside near my front door.I cannot sleep it constantly wakes me and my health is suffering because of it .We ended putting the house up for sale and will be moving tomorrow ,i just hope it doesn’t follow me.

    • linda
      Author
      28 May, 2020 / 9:47 am

      Sorry to hear this, Raymond. Just to be on the safe side, have you had your doc check your ears? There is another condition called Hypercusis which is similar to Tinnitus but where the sufferer becomes extremely sensitive to noise, often at frequencies that don’t bother others – so stuff like boilers, fridges and so forth. Might be worth discounting that but I don’t doubt you are hearing something. I hope you get some peace in your new home.

  70. Shane Cherry
    25 May, 2020 / 2:56 pm

    I live on the border of East Sussex and Tunbridge Wells I heard the hum for the first time on Friday 22 May 2020
    It started around midnight and lasted an hour. My wife and I could feel the vibration and she couldn’t sleep in our room where it was loudest. Luckily we didn’t hear it since. Please email me if you Live in my area and you hear it again I really want to get to the bottom of this shanecherry2002@yahoo.co.uk

    • Val
      22 October, 2020 / 3:38 am

      Shane, This might be fracking testing. This website doesn’t sound very nice but has good info, they are by the look of it activists, doing it for us. I hope this will give you some info.
      https://frack-off.org.uk/locations/

  71. Suzanne
    25 May, 2020 / 7:09 am

    I was woken last night by an extremely loud pulsating base noise, the pain in my head was absolute agony! It lasted about half an hour gradually getting quieter. I live in a small town outside Bristol and I’ve heard it just like this many times over the years, never found the source!

  72. Amanda
    20 May, 2020 / 4:35 am

    I don’t have tinnitus yet I hear this ruddy humming frequently and it lasts many hours…. I would like to know how to get an investigation to this underway… I am in East Sussex and I don’t think it’s because of a volcano being born… It is too often

    • linda
      Author
      20 May, 2020 / 10:01 am

      Are there any big manufacturing plants near you? The only thing I can think is by contacting your council and reporting noise pollution but they would want you to give details which might be difficult to do! I sympathise. I’d love to know how many other people hear this.

  73. Julie
    5 May, 2020 / 9:12 am

    I love the idea of reframing it and giving it a love intent! Thank you Linda! I’ve started really noticing the hum this past week even though I’ve heard it for months now – always at night in my home, except for today when I heard it in the afternoon. My first thought when I first heard it was that it was the perceived sound of Om. This gave me peace that I could hear something like this! Lately it started to bother me, though, until I decided to Google it, and then I read your post Linda about reframing it. Now, deliberately giving it an intent of oneness, I feel at peace again. Thank you.

  74. Linda
    25 April, 2020 / 9:39 am

    Hello me again after another night of humming!
    Im here to tell you that i have reframed it,
    I am a sound healer, and one of tge oremises of usung sound to heal is that sound carries intent. Ofcoursecan electrical humhas no intent to aggravate it just does! So I have given it a healing intent. The hum is now delivering love to me. You can add whatever intent works for you.

    • linda
      Author
      25 April, 2020 / 11:41 am

      I will have to try that. The quality of my sleep during Lockdown has been appalling and I find I can’t sleep without earplugs as otherwise I focus on the drone or my Tinnitus. Hope you get some good quality sleep! x

  75. Linda
    24 April, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Omg yes!
    The only sound source i can find is the transformer in my burglar alarm.
    And it seems to resonate in the attic soace and tgen vibrate through the house and drives me mad at night. It is not any form of tinnitus because ear plugs bliock it out.
    I have now become super sensitive to sounds of that frequency, like machinary.
    I told my homeopath its like i have abee in my bonnet!
    Im a sound healer and have always heard energy, but this sound has a slow pulse that doesnt fit the rhythm of my body!
    Its driving me mad!

  76. MARIA ROGERS
    18 March, 2020 / 12:19 pm

    I find the tinnitus annoying when I am trying to get off to sleep

  77. mathew
    11 March, 2020 / 9:06 am

    listen to the inner voice…

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