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?

65 Comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

    • 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

  12. 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. ❤👍

  13. 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

  14. 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…

  15. 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? ❤🙂

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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? 👋

  22. 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.

  23. 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 .

  24. 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!

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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/

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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!

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

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

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

    listen to the inner voice…

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