Home Low-Frequency Hum – House Is Literally Humming

The issue of home low frequency hum is discussed on several blogs. I did some searches om Home Hum Noise RE: House is humming, literally * Posted by kevin2009 (My Page) on Fri, May 1, 09 at 18:22 Have had exactly the same problem. Problem so bad its been giving neighbours headaches-sleep pattern deprivation etc etc. A low resonant humming getting stronger at night etc etc. Not caused by traffic,electricity etc. Humming caused by water pipe vibrations causing all sorts of low frequency bass like wooing noises. Have found the problem tonight – pressure variance in water mains pressures.Too much pressure causes pipes to hum. Possible causes – pumping station pressures too high – pressure reducing valves malfunctioning – mains pipes causing transient noise due to a “Dead end” section of the mains pipe. Symptoms that can be checked – when the hum is at its loudest turn one of your taps on – the hum may reduce if the pressure lessens in the mains supplying the house – have you noticed any high flow/pressure rates from your taps? Not certain but a loss of water pressure may have similar properties also. This is definitely high time to contact plumbing service company like THA Heating, Air, and Plumbing Inc. If in doubt get your water utility company to do a flow/pressure check on the mains /in your house etc. The turning tap on trick will only work if its sufficient to reduce the mains pressure – if not try to get neighbours etc to turn theirs on at the same time etc. I live in england in wales in Newport. I will now update my posts when the utility company is made aware of the cause of my problem and tells me how they are going to fix it. This is a problem with humming that for me has been caused by mains water supply pressure problem – not necessarily your problem. There are many on call plumber in Fairfield with whom you can get in touch with to fix the damages that are caused to your plumbing infrastracture. 

Simply turning the stop cock to your house off is not enough – the problems still there because the pipes are still singing to the pressure problem. Hope this helps somebody. RE: House is humming, literally * Posted by peachiepie (My Page) on Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 17:31 Wow, I do not believe that so many people has the problem I have been having for three years. I am amazed when someone suggests tinnitus. I have explained I hear humming, not ringing. It is a sound and not a noise. Mine sounds like a low hum of a refrigerator or a motor lowly idling. I have had plumber, water, gas, power, and anybody else you can imagine here in my house in Georgia. This is a 1970s house and the hum began about two weeks after having a new water heater installed. The pressure was too high and the plumber  came in and corrected it. Two weeks later, the hum began. I don’t get a complete night’s sleep at all. What little sleep I get comes from le4aving the tv on late and then turning the radio on. Now, I can run the attic fan all night so I don’t have to hear it. Some people have heard it and others haven’t. I stopped mentioning it for fear people thought I was losing my great mind-lol. People still ask me time to time if I still hear it. I tell them yes. When the power is out, it’s just me and the hum. Drives me nuts. It is 24/7, never stops and in every room of my house. You can’t escape it. I had a client in my office and he asked, “what is that”. I said, oh you hear that. He said yes, what is it. I said, I wish I knew. There are a couple of things here that’s given me some hope. I will try the water trick, though I believe one of those professional plumbing contractors in the Oakland County area did all of thesse things. I will have the telephone company come out to check the lines. Everything else, I believe I have done. Good luck to all of us living with this in all areas of the country. Peachie

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  1. Hum started in my house about three weeks ago. I live in Las Vegas and have been in this house for nearly four years. The hum is just as everyone else describes it: sounds like an engine idling in the distance. Like someone is sitting in the driveway next door, preparing to back out but they’re sitting there, idling the car. You know what the engine sounds like just before you put the car in gear? That’s the best I can describe it. We cannot seem to pin the noise on anything. I thought it was possibly connected to the yard decorations that the neighbors have installed for the holidays. I’ve also wondered if our crappy neighbors have bought something to purposely annoy us (they are problematic neighbors).

    It is not our house making the noise. It seems like it is coming from somewhere in the neighborhood. As for it being tinnitus, well, I already have that and I can assure you, this is not related at all. In fact, the humming bothers me far less than it does my roommate, who has perfect hearing.

    I’m at a loss as to what to do. I’m lying in bed, it’s after midnight, and all I can hear is what sounds like a huge truck idling in my driveway.

    1. Sofie I live in Las Vegas as well and my noise started a short time before yours started. Coincidence? What part of Las Vegas? I’m by the Silver Bowl. I just had my whole A/C and Heating system replaced ( the house needed a new one anyway) and the noise has not stopped. I’ve had the plumber over and he could not hear the sound. I think it’s coming from somewhere in my house as my mother lives only a couple of houses away and I do not hear the noise in her house……..I’m thinking Gas Line as well……my next test is to shut off the Gas at the meter during the quiet part of the night when the noise is loudest and see what happens…Your description of a truck idling is exactly what I’m hearing and in fact the first night I heard it I thought to myself who is running their car at 2:00 am and I went outside to see where it was coming from but it was dead silent……..weird indeed.

      1. Marc,
        We live in Summerlin so quite a distance from you. Do you recall exactly when your noise started? I am fuzzy on the actual date. I do know that it was after Thanksgiving but before Christmas. Our water heater failed in mid-December but the noise was present before that.

        Did you try your experiment with the gas? I’m very curious. Perhaps I’ll call the gas company tomorrow and make some inquiries about this.

        1. Sofie, go to the site “NPMS Public Viewer”, you’ll see you sit right on a high pressure gas line. These systems are pushing the living day lites and making huge changes with all the “great” natural gas we have. These are not your run of the mill lines feeding your home. These operate at 600 to 1400 psig. I don’t know what LV ones are at. Change is teh problem.

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  3. Oh, I live in Walpole MA (USA) on a main street; so the main gas lines would be running within 50 feet from the front of the house if that is a potential source of the sound travelling in to the house. But eerily and thankfully the sound seems to be restricted to one side of the house where the water, gas and electrical mains are in the basement; however, the basement itself doesn’t appear to the source of the sound.

  4. We are as well experiencing that humming sound; it does sound like a pipe resonating, sometimes persisitent, sometimes intermittent. We thought the hot water heater; but we heard the sound with the hot water heater was not engaged and there was no demand. Our water meter was replaced a few months ago and that timing is relatively close; is that a possibility of a water pressure issue? We have gas heat and hot water; so is the gas supply as well a possibility.
    We have done all the trouble shooting possible and the sound still comes and goes without reason or ability to locate the source.

  5. Wow I am stunned at the responses here. I did a quick Google search and thought I would find nothing or a simple easy solution. I just purchased a home built in 2000 in Las Vegas. Before I moved in I did the normal repainting etc and noticed no noise. The first month I lived here I noticed no noise but about a month ago just about the time I started using the gas furnace (on the roof I think) I started hearing the sound. The low frequency hum mentioned by everybody here. I haven’t really done much to track down the issue yet….turned off the power to the house and the Hum was still there. I’m about the call the HVAC and Gas people next. I’m intrigued about the water issue however. This house has some sort of pressure regulator installed by the previous owners. Does anybody know if that might be the problem?

    Anyway I sympathize with everybody who hears the Hum and hope we all find a solution and a good peaceful night’s sleep……

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    1. Five Mistakes..you don’t happen to live in the Mountain’s Edge area do you? I have noticed a hum since I moved here about 2 years ago. Very low vibration that rattles my ear drum (only the right ear) for some reason. It seems to be worse at night. I notice it more in certain areas of the home and less in the summer than winter. My husband cannot hear it. Just moved to another house about a mile down the street (but still in Mountain’s Edge) and still hear the noise although it is the little softer.

  7. You can add me to the list of “hummmm-hearers!” I have been trying to find the source of our house hum for weeks. It seems to have started about two months ago, and is louder in the evenings and early mornings. Sounds like a truck is in idle outside my house. Have lived here for almost ten years — we built the house — and haven’t had any major problems. It is somewhere in our house, because the sound stops when I check outside. I had my husband flush out our gas water heater, and I still think it may be reverberation on pipes. But it is driving me bonkers. It is almost deafening, even now. Of course, my husband and daughter cannot hear it at all. I know I am not making it up because I can’t hear it anywhere else — just my house. Any suggestions? Help!

    Fort Worth, Texas

    1. Here’s an idea my husband had: water pressure is too low — we are in a major drought here in Texas and have had water mains bust nearby. The “hum” started a few months ago, almost directly timed with our drought reaching it’s worst point. I think the noise is from water pipes and our pressure be too low. The timeframe fits the hum sound. Just thought I would share —

  8. Noise started off right away, no slow build-up, just heard what sounded like a truck diesel running one night. Has been 4 years now & have lived in 3 different houses in same town, different areas, same problems. It is 24/7 for me as I hear it when really low frequency, & when it “cycles” up, when my husband also hears it. There is also a sound like mad bee hives which I think may be an affect of the original noise. I think the noise (harmonics/acoustics) is coming in through the roof then travelling down to the ground, or in reverse, causing the electrical wires to sing. It does sound to me like it comes from the attic thru the vents. There is no way to silence it. We also get floor vibrations that penetrate beds, furniture. I feel at times like I am walking on a moving ship, There is no way to block out the noise-it penetrates my skeleton as I have tried even the best Bose noise-cancelling headphones. I wear a headset to bed, during the day, while on the computer or tv ears watching tv, or else all I hear is this noise. I know it is not my hearing as I can seek out a quiet place and all noise is gone. I know I hear a/c’s in stores or doctor/dentist offices & feel the vibrations but I think this is because I have become so sensitized to it. One thing I believe the cause is the city water pipes, but they will acknowledge they do not have vibration absorbers on their water lines, although my husband was told they do not by an water engineer! Another is the huge chiller unit behind a supermarket. Harmonics, frequencies, acoustics, waves! I do have loss of hearing in the higher frequencies, and this is probably a reason why no one else seems to hear this over-whelming noise. Although my husband has very good hearing & he will hear it at certain frequencies, and sometimes feels floor vibrations when I do not. As I type this my house is “humming” or rock n’ rolling as hubby says. Recently electrical or magnetic frequencies due to Wi-Fi or cell phone masts has been mentioned to me as an additional cause of the buzzing. The odd thing is we checked this house out 3 times before we decided to buy it & never heard any issues. All house systems are A-ok. Is it possible the weight of our furniture/appliances on the foundation can amplify the vibrations and noise? We live in central Florida in a one level house, with a poured concrete foundation, block walls, stucco finish, tile roof. I am on anxiety meds due to this disturbance & get flight syndrome from time to time, but there is no where to escape to. Our lives have changed drastically since this began. We cannot afford to move again, so I feel doomed.

    1. Barbara, assuming your health has been checked at teh docs, you are not doomed. What appears to be a major natural gas pipeline problem around teh country is very strong in FL from Tampa across to the Gold Coast. Up and down it, all along new or capacisty changed lines. My home as well as office and others here in CT are doing teh same. Run your ceiling fan to break the hurt of teh hum a little bit. I assume your around Orlando, more and more hums being plotted on a US hum map I am collecting of hum vs high pressure interstate pipelines.

      What town are you in?


      Steve from CT

      1. hi Steve, I am just reading this on 1/06/12. Didn’t think to come back and check. Thanks for your information. Had no idea about the gas pipeline. We live in Titusville, on the east coast by the Kennedy Space Center. We do run ceiling fans but maybe because we have high vaulted ceilings and the volume is too much, do not notice any break in noise (much more than a hum). Will mention your info. to my husband.

        1. I checked your location below, relative to the map for these lines running N-S in FL. You can check on teh site”NPMS Public Viewer”. Up here in CT our geology stiff rock and faults, etc, guide the low frequency sound waves that are coming off these lines as measured at least 25 miles from these lines. Fl geology probably has other characteristics. The reason for new problem areas of HUM is because of all the changes occurring to the operations of the natural gas supplies in the country. And beleive me, in FL you have had many changes. Check out the Gulf Stream System project phases. I did not sense it in Marco last week and there are no major lines near there either.
          Keep in mind that there are other sources as well. The lines are a good distance from you, but the possiblility exists it may be contributing, would need testing.

          1. thanks for info and checking our situation Steve. I will look into the references you provide. Our area has a lot of coral rock And naturally sand! Can you suggest what we would need for testing.

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                  A friend sent me this link – not sure it will open in this format. Worth a try.

        2. Barbara,

          I also live in Titusville, Florida and this low frequency hum is driving me crazy. We’ve lived here for nearly 6 years before this problem began. I have also noticed a reduction in the number of birds in the area. In particular, the scrub jays (which are supposed to be protected) have all but disappeared. I notified the county but no one seems concerned. Interestingly I do not hear it in our new workshop that has the same roofline. It is worse at night and in the morning. Water pressure is not high in this area. We are near an industrial area, but since this seems to be heard all over the county, I’m not sure this is the answer. Anyway, it is reasuring that I am not alone in this.

          1. Pam, normally where we are in CT we have tons of bats and bees flying around. We use to have a large pack of coyotes behind the house. Well as I reported to CT DEEP, FEDS, etc the coyotes left their habitat when hum started late 2009. Bees this summer were 5 little bumbles until mid summer when population improved. Bats, counted 2 the whole year. What this all means a serious investigation is needed. Our pet lab in late 2009 had to be put on doggie prozac she was so fearful of teh hum and floor vibrations. Fortunately she acclamated after 3 months off the drug.

          2. Pam, I’ve been researching elsewhere on the net trying to find answers to this dilemna, so just now checking back on this site and was amazed & happy to see your post. I’ve been trolling the web seeking local sufferers using “anyone in Titusville Fl hearing low frequency untraceable noise”, with no results! We have had 3 plumbers tell us no problems with house, nor could they detect any ground noise outside. FPL engineer came out & told us the noise we are hearing would have “fried” us if it was electrical. He was going to come back with some sensor equipment, but so far, no see him. Contact with the T-ville city mgr’s assistant, told us no one else is complaining & naturally the hearing problem remark came up; and then a Water plant engineer basically was not accepting responsibility for any issues with water lines, pumps, etc. I believe my husband was told the water mains are not concrete, thus he feels the pvc city pipes are cavitating, causing the rumbling noise to rebound within the system. He could explain better but went to bed finally at 1:30 am. This noise started for us about 3 years ago. We moved 3 times to escape it. First in area of Park & Harrison, then near the Mims/T-ville border, then back to Harrison area. Felt safe when we checked the 3rd house several times, it was quiet. Still can’t figure out why that was so, as the noise/vibration started up days after we moved in. God help me, I’ve lately been thinking of getting the house blessed and cleaned of spirits – that’s how crazy this is making me. The style of homes we have had also seem to escalate the problems due to the vaulted ceilings. Something we did not realize. Act like a cavern. Contacted a sound engineer but the cost for a study is prohibitive. Will buy a sound level meter this week & see if I can pinpoint any possible source(s) other than the water system. I’ve slept in my car in the driveway but the vibrations penetrate the car. Due to the low frequency I believe there is more than one contributor to this. We live 1/2 mile or less behind the stores on Harrison & I believe the large roof a/c units, huge chiller unit behind Winn-Dixie, laundromat machines, may be contributing to the ground vibrations. Truly hope a sound level meter will help clarify this.The more of us to deliver our discoveries to the authorities the better chance something can be done about it. Well, if you want to ask me any questions, I’d be happy to respond. We’ve found no relief from ear plugs, Bose noise-cancelling headset, white noise, etc. I wear an MP3 nearly 24/7 to mask the noise. The vibrations come right thru the furniture, even my hard computer chair. I lift my feet off the floor to try to get a break from feeling them. I am now on anxiety meds and take Melatonin to sleep at night, as does my husband, but his sleep is severely disturbed and he gets very little. Authorities have no clue how this is affecting people’s health, physically, mentally or emotionally. I also wonder what the code is for industrial/commercial buildings to use sound deafening materials, vibration absorbers, etc. Also hubby will call gas company and see if they will come out and check the lines. You know of the national pipeline coming into Tampa from across the gulf, then across the state, coming into Brevard at the south end and up the coast to the new FPL plant in Pt St.John. I wonder if we are able to feel any of the gas compressors here yet? Sound must travel quite easily thru sand, coral and water.
            Gosh, can you tell how thrilled I am to have discovered you are in Titusville and experiencing the issues happening here. I have had such a long search finding you. I hope there are more of us in this area as that might make the authorities take more responsibility in locating and correcting the environmental problems. None of our neighbors admit to hearing or feeling noise/vibrations. We have one friend who said they felt the vibrations in one of the houses, and a contractor who said he heard the noise outside. Don’t know if they would be willing to be witnesses if need be. We don’t see how we can be the only ones in this neighborhood. If we are, why is that so? Another part of the mystery. Well, great meeting you & hope to hear from you again. PS: it is sad to hear about the birds. One of the wildlife agents took me to one of the protected areas and the blue jays actually flew right up to us. His first name was Xavier and his office is in the Enchanted Forest complex. Perhaps you can call him and report your observations about the scrub jays. They have worked very diligently to protect them.

          3. PAM, please read #50 below, my reply to you that you may miss since I’m not sure if I replied to your message or input a new one.

            1. Barbara; you might want to check out the Palm Beach post about “natural gas revolution” in Fl. BTW the Gulf Stream gas line from Miss to Tampa, installed in phases in FL leads the hum reprots i’ve found on many sites.

              1. Thank you Steve, will check out info you provided right now. I am going well & truly nuts listening to this noise 24/7 + feeling varying levels of ground vibrations. Hoped to get a response from Pam so we could possibly exchange locations or maybe further details so we could find others in our area to join us. City, county, won’t pay us any attention as right now we are in the number of one complaint. Living with this is nearly impossible. I am fed up with having to wear a headset of some kind 24/7 to try to mask the noise. Nothing can be done about the vibration. We are waiting to get a stethascope to see if we pick up sound from the ground. Also will buy sound level meter to try to locate source(s). + going to have gas company come out to mark the gas lines for us. Hard to believe this “unknown” sound/vibration can make life so hateful & make us feel like helpless victims.

  9. Last Wednesday evening, Nov 9, 2011 my home started humming. I have always had great hearing but this is really extreme. I cannot sleep at night and I have had headaches every day since. I feel like I’m losing my mind. I am hearing a constant, low pitched multi-level hum. This hum can be heard in every room and on every level of the house. As others have described, it sounds like a diesel engine idling in the distance. There is no break from this noise at all. IT DOES NOT STOP even for a second. I really don’t know what to do because others cannot hear it and therefore, do not take me seriously or do not understand the seriousness of the issue. I’ve been in this house for 2 1/2 years now and the noise just started last week. We have had no new items/upgrades so I don’t know what the cause is.

      1. Gloria, do you happen to live in Riverdale? We were having major gasline replacement work done in our neighbourhood in October through November, and the result is the constant unremitting low-pitched hum I’ve been hearing ever since. The gas company won’t even send somebody out to look. What do you think? If you’re in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto and are having this problem, please email me so we can try to figure it out together. michaelfjay@yahoo.com–PS, I’m not some weirdo, I have a wife and family, just so you know. 🙂

        1. Michael
          I am not plotting Canadian hum locatins vs high pressure pipelines, only monitor reports. There is a very good correaltion though. There are many hum reports from Windsor east thru Ontario. There is a real problem up there like here in CT USA.


    1. Gloria- join the Windsor Essex Hum facebook, contact your MOE and local councilman referncing the problems thry have in Windor Essex Canada. Keep records. You know my thoughts on source and your symptoms are like tens of thousands on many similar sites and forums.


    2. Another source could be cell phone towers/masts/antenna, WiFi, Smart Meters, etc., and the electrosmog (electromagnetic frequency and other acronyms) they produce. We have a growing problem with all the above in Florida.

    3. Just wanted to weigh in for those who think they’re going crazy because they’re the only ones who hear THE HUM:

      For the past seven days or so, I was experiencing the Hum. It became somewhat of an obsession, because I was convinced that some new construction project or cooling fan had taken up residence across the street. It only happened when I was in my quaint, quiet-as-a-mouse bungalow in Markham, Ontario. I called town officials, the local newspaper, even the local environmental regulator (Ministry) to try to get to the bottom of it. Nobody knew anything, and more frustrating than this was that no one had ever heard it.
      After much agony, sleepless nights and general crazy-making, I have concluded that my problem is related to a head cold and sinus congestion. It’s not very romantic, but at least you don’t have to spend countless hours hunting all over town for the culprit. You need look no further than congestion in your inner ear. There may be legitimate noise pollution out there causing your hum, but if you’re the only one hearing it, chances are it’s an internal thing affecting only you.
      After careful study and obsession, here’s what happens with me:
      I come home. No hum. House is deliciously quiet and I lie down to take a rest. It’s winter here, so the furnace kicks in for about ten to fifteen minutes to warm up the place. I hear the thermostat click off and prepare for the dreaded hum. As soon as the fan stops blowing, I am left with hummage. It sucks, but I have now found a way to deal with it: Nyquil. Yes, innocuous (I mean…it-knocks-you-on-your-ass) Nyquil. If you don’t live in a place that sells Nyquil, it’s basically a powerful cold remedy/decongestant/make-you-pass-out medicine that will remove the Hum. If anything, it will knock you out so you can, at the very least, get a great sleep. Warning: it kinda wrecks you for the next day, so maybe try to take it early so you don’t get that hangover.
      As far as what is happening physically, I’m no doctor, but I do understand sound. I personally believe that the mucus build up and inflammation in your eustacion tube creates some sort of weird resonance that keep low frequencies humming long after the original source has gone away. Another thought I have is that once the catalyst (in this case, my furnace) goes away, it tunes your ear to some bodily function, say, hearing blood rushing in your veins or something.
      I really hope this helps some of you. Trust me, I understand how this phenomenon makes you crazy, almost to the point of tears, but there is help. Just a note: I am still experiencing The Hum, but to a much smaller degree…it’s intermittent, and I am starting to manage it with traditional airplane-ear clearing techniques. I’m hoping that as this head-cold clears, so too will the hum.
      If you’re still having trouble, try blocking one ear with a foam ear plug. Usually the hum resides in one ear and not the other. If you don’t like that idea, having a ceiling or floor fan going is a good plan to create a general white noise that replaces the hum. If my hum doesn’t go away, I think I may go to one of those ear-clearing spas that use the candle and fluid to clear your ears. Hopefully, my immune system will save me this trip!

      1. I can attribute part of teh answer to your observation. When I bend over and put my head down low, something causes the hum to become more noticeable. even where you don’t hear it outside the “bend over” affords you to hear it there. There is much more at work here than sinusis

  10. karen :
    So glad to see I am not the only person who feels frustrated with a persistent humming sound in and around my home. I live in a small town in Manitoba, Canada and in the past passed off the sound of the humming to farmers tractors running in the distance although at times wondered to myself why they were working so late in the fields at a particular time. Then in the winter I would think it sounded like someone running a large truck to warm it up….Unfortunately I have since found the sound is persistent and can hear it from everyroom in my house as well as in my attached garage and outside my house as well. My husband cannot hear it but did turn off all the breakers in the house for me at one point and yes I could still hear it so it is not something running in the house that is making the noise. I find now I have to keep a radio or the TV on in the background to try to mask the noise. My daughter has heard it as well so it is not just me. What can it be….We have lived here for 30 years and it is just the last couple of years that I had heard it but never as loud inside our house as it is now….Help with suggestions as to how to find out what is causing it appreciated…

    karen :
    So glad to see I am not the only person who feels frustrated with a persistent humming sound in and around my home. I live in a small town in Manitoba, Canada and in the past passed off the sound of the humming to farmers tractors running in the distance although at times wondered to myself why they were working so late in the fields at a particular time. Then in the winter I would think it sounded like someone running a large truck to warm it up….Unfortunately I have since found the sound is persistent and can hear it from everyroom in my house as well as in my attached garage and outside my house as well. My husband cannot hear it but did turn off all the breakers in the house for me at one point and yes I could still hear it so it is not something running in the house that is making the noise. I find now I have to keep a radio or the TV on in the background to try to mask the noise. My daughter has heard it as well so it is not just me. What can it be….We have lived here for 30 years and it is just the last couple of years that I had heard it but never as loud inside our house as it is now….Help with suggestions as to how to find out what is causing it appreciated…

    I too have been burdened with the constant “hum” in my house, 24/7. Louder at night and I now have to run a fan in the bedroom or have the tv or radio on to drown out the noise. My husband/sons don’t hear it or it doesn’t bother them?? It is comforting to know that others hear this hum as well but I really find it is effecting my sleep. Are there any solutions out there (other than moving?) I live in Richmond, BC. Anyone out there have the same problem?

    1. Plenty of BC vicinity reports. Check out Vancover HUM, Galgary hum, Seattle HUM, Vashon Island HUM. I assume the hum sounds like an idling diesel, possibly feel tingly vibrations.There are forums on a couple if these.

  11. Google brought me to you- last night I noticed a low pitched ‘hum’ while trying to sleep. I assumed it was someone running something on a floor above me (we live a a split level house with four levels – I was on the third level, semi underground with a cement floor)

    when I got up it was gone from the house but also from my mind. Well, it just started again slightly before 1am. I swear, it’s strong enough that I can feel it as well as hear it. This could drive a person crazy.

    I can hear it all over, but it’s most pronounced in the lower two levels with the cement (foundation) floors/walls.

    1. Jill I am mapping locations where this is occurring. What is your location. A map can be found on the humfoorum on yahoo under the files section. The map is for teh US. We have a serious pipeline casued hum inside our homes in CT, which the small group of subjects discussed with either hear and/ or hear- sence the sensations.

      1. Stopped by the site, I live in Connecticut and have been plagued by this hum for years, I’ve heard it might be the ELF low frequency system from the navel base but it’s driving me crazy…let me know what information you’ve acquired regarding the hum here in CT…

        1. Fig what town, I’m in Brookfield. Proofed HUM all along (wihtin at least 10 miles off of) the high pressure natural gas lines systems running thru CT. At least 5 monster sized lines. Cant get AG, Senator, Confgreeman, FERC, CTDEEP to investigate….I have measured and proven extreme levels from Gaylordsville, Danbury, thru Middlebury, Nauagtuck up into West Hartford. Thats as far as my travels in CT, but I am sure it is all the way up into the eastern part of the state. Started here with low level in mid 2009 when the systems changed the way they operate and other installations made. Most of the time, the in house hum is very bad, ear pressure, insomnia, pet was on Prozac, pool water vibrates and has standing waves, on and on.


          1. Milford Ct near the water and it’s intense here, tough to concentrate and it makes you cranky because it’s non stop and it is heavier at night which could indicate something more than just gas lines. Contacted the Attorney General in Ct, if enough people complain maybe they’ll look into it. You don’t realize how debilitating it is until it stops for a second. I’m listening to it as I type this :{

            1. Fig we need to get coordinated on this. I had AG Blumenthal and others send letters of Support to FERC, but blumenthal has now easier things to deal with and wave teh flag on. trying to get this into the News Times to see how wide spread in Fairfield county this is. I have many hearers from exposure in Middlebury office that convince me my hypothesis is correct on this. BTW, one of the culprits is the high pressure natural gas transmission company with major compression facitliy in Milford pumping gas under the sound to LI. Besides the damnation you and many others up here are being put to there is solid data and research correlation to the LI sound lobster die off and this line. Up here bats and bees (besides us humans) are suffering. This is a real revelation that teh gov’t doesn’t want to deal with, believe me!!!!

      2. Hey this is happening in Hollister CA now. I’ve never had this happen before growing up in San Jose but I noticed just two years into our new home that it sounds like a human is coming from a neighbor s home like a white noise machine but low so even with Windows closed you hear it. It’s only noticable at night especially in this quiet town where there isn’t any other real noise going on through the night. Having a white noise machine helps distract from it but it’s still there and turning the ceiling fan on just adds to it but makes me feel slightly better knowing it’s under my control to turn off if I want…but when I can’t sleep it sucks because I know I have no control of the other areas outside my house . It’s only in the corner of the house that out room is naturally to the point if I walk to the doorway of my room, the hum it dissapears completely and a step to my bed it comes into range …wish I could pick up my house and pull it to that side of the “humline”

  12. I live in Victoria,Australia and have had the Humming in my ears for 3 weeks and its drving me around the twist,i don’t know if it is my ear or my house have been to the doctors 3 times in the last 3 weeks and to make thing more frustrating it started the first day of my long awaited holidays.
    My ear hums more at night than during the day its like a truck engine idling in the distance.
    Have tried everyting from turning of the main power unplugging all power points under my bed etc so it good to hear that im not alone on this one.

    1. Hi Brooke, I am also in Melbourne, Australia and hearing the “hum” I am in Keilor Park & have been hearing it for the past 2 weeks, it’s also causing me to lose sleep as I am a light sleeper with very good hearing. It doesn’t bother my husband as he doesn’t hear as good as me but he did say he could hear it slightly, but I reckon he thinks I’m going crazy! The hum is only inside the house & it goes day & night, if I am busy with housework or watching TV or listening to music I don’t hear it but when all is quiet it is there. I thought maybe it could be the airport or industrial area nearby or even something to do with the neighbors 2 satellite tv dishes electro magnetic frequencies? Have tried turning off power but just like everyone else that didn’t stop it. How do we get help to find out what is going on, who do we need to contact & make this more public? Maybe contacting the media?

      1. Well I’m an advocate that teh gas grid is the problem. But, recently it has come to my attention that in the Melbourne area that there are newly installed wind turbines. I can’t speak about them as I have no experieince or their location to you. You may be getting a double dose. One or the other (or both) need to be investigated. Massey Univ in NZ is doing allot of work, check with them.

        1. I’m trying to eliminate various explanations. We have no gas grid at all in our area, no industry nearby; I live adjacent to a national park. No wind turbines no underground pipes. What gets me is it seems to have only started around 2-3 months ago, or maybe I just started noticing it and its always been there. Sometimes I think it could be some sort of resonating pipe effect, perhaps to do with our solar hot water system. But I’m not convincing myself just grabbing at straws…

          1. Mart, where do you sense this, if USA I can check a map for the lines. Even though you have no gas, these lines can be near by moving gas from thousands of miles away to hundreds of miles away, and you don’t know it.

              1. I’m leaning more and more to some sort of hydraulic resonance in the water mains. I tried an experiment the other night, the hum was quite loud around 4 am so I turned my water mains tap down to a minimum level. Just enough to keep the water coming but at a much reduced pressure. The hum persisted (of course) BUT its tone changed to a discernibly lighter level. Still it’s no solution.

                1. How does one expand this thread.

                  Mart, it may be like the ceiling fan benefit. Running a ceiling fan makes the hum less harsh..Consider the ILFn is casuing the walls of your home to reasonant. Putting another frequency signal into that mix, MAY modify the harshness. Sure needs allot more investigation. Be cautious not to jump to conclusions. It’s like concluding tonic makes you drunk- Scotch and tonic, gin and tonic, whiskey and tonic- it must be the tonic…I will try the water running test in my array of experimenting

  13. my neighbours running electric equipment/but sometimes sounds like 2 stroke engine. They mrefuse to madmit to it but I hear it switch on. they have reported me to the council trying to get me sectioned I think due to my age. I have said Im hear it because these low witched noises are only heard by the over 50’s. I was interogated two days ago by both the neighbours and someone they told me was from the council. I really got nowhere, their solution tto me was go to the doctor.
    As I have no medical problems, what a waste. Who can I contact to get them to admit what they are using. Some noghts they start it up about 2.0 a.m. and carry on until the early hours. The only thing that I can think at this time that they are involved in is something to do with roulette. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you

    1. Are you saying, they are saying they aren’t running the engines? This dam HUM sounds just like an idling diesel. What is your location. Get back and I’ll give you some toughts

    2. Are you saying they are running an engine in the garden or in the house, were the people from the council or not? has anyone else heard the noise?

  14. I can’t believe that I was actually able to find other people with this same issue. When we first moved here (10 years ago) I thought it was from a large cow farm in the area. The farm has since closed down and the sound remains. I can hear a lot of things my husband can’t normally hear but even he can hear this. We noticed it is definitely louder closer to the walls than in the middle of the room, and noticeably louder near our bay windows. Difficult if not impossible to hear outside however due to wind, bird, frog, etc sounds (I believe this is why). I’ve done all the same things…shut off breakers, etc etc. We live out in the “sticks” and I was doubtful about gas lines but I looked at the map & sure enough – there are some within 10 miles of us. Whether it’s gas lines or shumann resonance as someone suggested, it’s horrible and definitely causing me to lose sleep and peace. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Please add Paisley, FL to your list of locations where this is occurring.

  15. So glad to see I am not the only person who feels frustrated with a persistent humming sound in and around my home. I live in a small town in Manitoba, Canada and in the past passed off the sound of the humming to farmers tractors running in the distance although at times wondered to myself why they were working so late in the fields at a particular time. Then in the winter I would think it sounded like someone running a large truck to warm it up….Unfortunately I have since found the sound is persistent and can hear it from everyroom in my house as well as in my attached garage and outside my house as well. My husband cannot hear it but did turn off all the breakers in the house for me at one point and yes I could still hear it so it is not something running in the house that is making the noise. I find now I have to keep a radio or the TV on in the background to try to mask the noise. My daughter has heard it as well so it is not just me. What can it be….We have lived here for 30 years and it is just the last couple of years that I had heard it but never as loud inside our house as it is now….Help with suggestions as to how to find out what is causing it appreciated…

  16. I first noticed this multi-note hum a few months after moving into our winter home in North Las Vegas in 2009. I didn’t hear it for a long time and then all of a sudden it drove me crazy. It can hear it quite clearly in my bedroom, the living room, the office, all over the house but as soon as I step outside, I can’t hear it. If I put my ear close to the wall of the house, I can hear it again. My husband can’t hear it, most of the neighbors can’t hear it but one lady can, now it’s driving her crazy too. When we went to our summer home in North Carolina in 2010, the hum was there too but not every night. The Colonial Pipeline distribution pipe for natural gas for the east coast runs through our back yard but we had built that house and lived there for 22 years and I had never heard that noise until last summer. It isn’t the door bell circuit, we don’t have a door bell in that house. We use a brass knocker instead. The sound isn’t quite as loud as Las Vegas and is easily ignored but it is still there. Then I started noticing that when we traveled in the RV the summer of 2011, that one state park where we stayed for a couple of weeks in the Oregon Cascades had the same hum (and it was nowhere near any gas lines) and that most of the rest didn’t. I suspected that it was the power stalk and one night went out and unhooked the power line to the RV and turned off the switches. The hum remained even with the electricity off, the same two notes, oscillating in rhythm though not constant. I have had to buy a sleep machine with summer night sounds and use that to get to sleep, then I can ignore it and sleep through the night most nights. Other nights, like tonight, it is quite loud and the sleep machine can’t mask it. Then I have to set the thermostat to run the fan all the time. That covers up the noise and I can get some sleep.

    1. Judi


      I suggest you go onto this govt site “NPMS PUBLIC VIewer” and check where you are hearing the hum relative to the lines on teh map. LV has lines. And your synptoms are like tens of thousands of others. Unfortunately the entire industry seems to be making changes to the NG systems and this dam hum is increasing all over. Vehicles serve as a perfect mobile acoustics lab to hear the sound. In Oregon on the westerly side of the state there are many reports of HUM. You might want to sign into the yahoo hum forum and go into the files to see a mapping of these hums in the USA

  17. So not crazy, lol. l live on the 16th floor in a high rise flat in glasgow and have lived with this constant 24/7 buzzing noise in my 2 bedrooms but not the living room. it sounds just like a washing machine on spin cycle, the strange thing is if you stand in the centre of the room the noise cant be heard. lf you put your ear to the wall seperating my bedrooms you can clearly hear the same loud buzzing noise. it is so bad my bed is positioned in the centre of the room and have to have my windows open to drown out the noise, gets cold in winter though, lol. its not just me that hears the noise people that visit hear it also and say its someones washing machine, explained that the noise goes on 24/7 and has done since l moved into my flat 11 years ago. cant take it anymore so looking for a new home 🙁 if the noise is from outside my home why only the bedrooms effected? and whats going on with it being louder in the corners of the room and almost total silent in the center of the rooms? what is causing this? 🙁

    1. Learning this acoustics thing is a strange one. There is soemthing called nodes and anti nodes. soem audiophile sites discuss the effects. 16 floors up? what about building HVAC, or soemthing like that?

  18. IT IS all natural… not electric… will always sound louder at the end of a house or in the corners where low freq’s build up stop looking around the neighborhood…. its very large .. as in- world size…google shumman resonance… read a bit – if you cant sleep ..-find a small loud fan or heater with a fan only setting and turn it on next to your head and it will mask it and you will sleep…. i promise jk

  19. i know how to build a house that will not resonate … a bit expensive … will report any changes in frequency oramplitude… most people don’t notice…. most people don’t notice anything.. so we are the lucky ones…. it drives me nuts…. will test again next month…2112 may not be a joke

  20. the hum is back in full force. i’m on the ramapo fault in NJ…. i have fans on all the time so i can think..the frequency has increased with resonance’s yo to 200 cps base freq….. still in the 9 cycle range …i know why just don’t understand why it comes an goes… the usgs wont say a word will report more as 2112 approaches ….shumann resonance plays a big part sun activity etc… im sick of it jk

    1. John I grew up in Fairlawn. Left Bergen Cty in 1994. Visit to parents in Fairlawn. I started notiing HUM ther inside their house about a year ago. Rt 208 doesn’t drwon it out. Same HUM as in Brookfield CT and State college PA. The fault has a major carryer amplification effect of teh ground born ILFN. In fairlawn the Transco line thru Rochelle Park and PAramus is suspected

    2. I hear the hum in Columbia,NJ for the last 5 years and i am going crazy trying to figure it out. Sounds like a low frequency hum in my walls…247. I have called every tech about this and if they hear it; they are puzzeled too! My neighbors have Geothermal heating system, can this possibly be causing this vibration?? I cant sleep or even think straight , this noise is terrible!

      1. Hi Dee
        I do have your location already from the other site. It’s only going to worsen there as the new gas lines go in that you are reading about for West Milford, Ornage county etc. Theres a large group in Minisink battling expansion there and are trying to expsoe this before it begins there.


        1. Hi steve, I am in Goshen,NY -Orange County. I have this vibration also. My house is 7 yrs old – never had any vibrations. It started humming in October and now I have a constant loud hum and vibration through the whole house. It feels like a truck running in my garage. My pet is so disturbed by the constant noise he is under a bed when I get home from work. I don’t hear it outside. It’s in my garage also. I have turned power off, still hear it, I have the heating guy here – he heard nothing, sugested I get my hearing looked at. It’s in the walls too. Sleeping is a joke. It gets loud at 2am and 4am which wakes me up. The levels of noise go up and down. My plumber cannot pin point it, but I was thinking of changing out my circulator. Now I may not have too. I too have been leaving TV’s on and music to mask the noise. this week I have to raise the volume at it is increasing in volume as well as vibration and duration. I started to hear the noise at my office in Mahwah, NJ. this is so disturbing. Who is the group in Minisink? this noise is horrible.

          1. stopmcs@gmail.com

            DM Try this email address. I can’t give out individual ones. if this doesn’t work let me know. They are battling two huge compressors going into their neighborhood, like what happened here in BrookField CT and forced me to investigate the cause of the hum that started here in mid 2009. I actully visited Minisink area and heard the HUM in a Westown home. The owner wasn’t sensitized to it yet.

            Your situation is usual. Many around you do not hear, inside the home heard mainly (and in your parked car as well). These systems seem to crank things up at night (or other masking frequencies disappear), or something that casues the nite time to be a diaster. I suggest contacting your congressman and have them contact our CT Chris Murphy’s office. This is going to get worse for you folks there because there are major pipeline projects going in in Ornage County. (assuming there isn’t another local source for you)

            Do not waste your money on trying to chase in home things, you’ve shut off everything and it still hums.

            Only 2-5 % of people hear this LF stuff. My dog had to go on prozac for 3 months when this started. Coyotes have essentially left the area. Pool water has standing waves from the seismic characteristics. This is real, and FERC and the gov’t aren’t looking for this problem to get out.

            Your office near Rt 17 is near the El Paso system, teh one near your home is teh Miilenium system, and soon to come the Iroquois system. My office 15 miles away in Middlebury CT is bad as well (along 2 of these bad acting lines).


  21. I live in South India.I just moved house and am hearing a sound that is a bit like I am just hearing the bass part of a loud sound system, or else some kind of mechanical pulsing equipment. I was not hearing it at my old house but am hearing it now all over the new neighbourhood.Its not very loud but super irritating.I have driven all around the neighbourhood by motorbike stopping here and there to try and find the source but so far nothing that can explain the 24 hours a day sound.The house is near the beach. I can hear the sound also on the beach. But it is not the wave crashing sound because I have lived near the beach many times and it has never irritated me . This is like a drone.There are power lines on the beach – I wonder if they could be vibrating or something? But it doesnt seem to be louder on the beach than in my home which doesnt make sense of that theory. I am waiting to see if it goes away or I get used to it – otherwise I may have to move house again.i also put the fan on at night even though its too cold for it really. Now I am also fearing it may be something wrong with me and I’ll hear it in other places too….

  22. It was very strange – watching tv, heard a humming. Turned tv to mute thinking it was the tv. Still humming. Located it, and this is the wierd bit, to the area around my sofa. Turned off all the electrical appliances around the sofa (printer, hifi etc) still heard humming. Moved from sofa to area around it – humming stopped. Back to sofa – humming. Moved sofa expecting a childs battery operated toy, nothing. checked cushions, nothing. This is the first time I have heard it. It was very loud. Hence this comment as I have not idea – any ideas?

  23. I live in Woking, England. About 2 years ago I noticed a hum in our house, like a low frequeny electrical hum. At that time it seemed to be at night, but would cut off, almost like it was switched off midday, after which it would start around 7ish again. Now its 24/7 and really makes me feel nauseous. I’m around 50 and have been told people in their fifties are more likely to hear it. Personally I feel its making me ill giving me hedaches and bad sleep. My wife cant hear it though. I use an electric fan to drown out the hum at night, but can still ‘feel it’ in my head

    1. Oh boy. Hopefully knowing your one of tens of thousands should take the “is it me” out of the equation as long as you know nothing is medically wrong. Suggest you check where teh gas grid is (high pressure, large lines). let me know. Check internet for line locations maps in the UK

      1. The hum has just got worse and worse. At night I can cope with a small electric fan to mask it, though this is inconvenient in the cold weather as I also like fresh air so have the window open. Was using the free version of a Itouch app called Urban Apps ‘Ambiance lite’ with a sound called ‘Sleep machine’. This worked great and sent me to sleep really quick, but my right ear has an infection at the moment (probably from having earphones in it all night) so cant use that – aint life great.

        The worse is in the afternoon. I can literally feel the hum vibrating my whole body and its deafening in the house, but my wife hears nothing. I just dont get it. Stick my head outside the window and its quiet, just in the house.

      2. I know we have a gas pipe under the house – both our neighbours have gas heating (in fact I wonder if it might be my left side neighbours heating system, but I dont know them well to check – they arent very friendly). I hear the hum in my right side neighbours house too (who i do know).

        I feel a bit daft though ringing the gas company and saying I hear a hum nobody else can hear. What should I ask – what would they check? Do I ask them to check pressure?

  24. I live in Frankston, Victoria Australia and have had this noise for about the past 5 years. It has been silent for almost a year, but has now returned, worse than ever. Previously, only I could hear it, but now my wife can hear it as well (which is a relief, as I thought I was going mad). I’ve tried tuning off the mains power and noise continues. I have tried running taps to relieve water pressure in pipes and again, no affect. If I leave the house there is no noise outside, it is only in the house. I am at my wits ends, this is completely beyond me and defies all logic. Any ideas on how to stop this would be very much appreciated.

    1. Troy It sounds like you hear what sounds like an idling diesel engine always running and varying in intensity and annoyance. Maybe even ear pressure and vibration feelings at your feet onteh floor. You are near main HP gas lines and you fall into the data base of being near what we believe has been operational changes through out teh world to the way natural gas is being transported and teh type of gas being transported. There are many other Aussies reproting this, some not so near lines as well. Let me know where you are located relative to the lines on the att map link

      1. Hi Steve.It is hard to tell, but it looks like I may be rather close to the BASSGAS Pipeline. I am located very close to where the BASSGAS pipeline joins the LONGFORD to DANDENONG Pipeline. Do you know when this pipe line was installed?

        1. Looks like I could also be close to the Oil Pipeline that runs parallel to the LONGFORD to DANDENONG Pipeline. Thanks for you help.

          1. Hi again. Locally you should investigate when and what kind of changes were made to these systems as part of energy development prior to and during teh appearance of teh HUM and other sensations. I am not in teh industry so what I’ve discovered is peiced together by research. And proofed by tsting. I would suggest contacting unbiased acoustic experts to do acoustic modelling over a large region. This ILFN is generated by a line source, not point source so it’s expansive. Use FFT, Octave analyzers and Spectra LAb water fall computer based software. Use dbc weighing.

            Obviously I could go on. The universities over there, in Adelaide?? do allot of research on this stuff. Maybe you could convince them to study, but first ask if teh gas industry donates to the school. We need this fixed, and our efforts are not an attempt to stop this development just take responsibilty and fix it. It’s killing us and the ecosystem.

            Steve from CT

  25. I live in LONDON the hum sounds like my neighbour working from home, so I played loud music to cover the sound and he reported me to the police, and now doesnt speak to me. The first time I heard it during the night, it woke me up suddenly and the vibrations shook the bed and I thought I was having a stroke. I have since contacted the local council who sent a man and young girl to investigate, both of whom were less than 30. Neither of these could hear noise nor feel vibrations. The council doesn’t have any traching equipment. Looks like end of story, grin and bear it? I hope not. I shall try any suggestions that anyone offers and hope something works.

  26. I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’m the only one around me who hears this rhythmic humming noise, has a slow beat to it, and with it I feel a vibration like a pressure on top of me. I started hearing it suddenly one night in May and I thought it was due to winter – perhaps a neighbour had bought a diesel heater or something – but I now hear the sound further afield than my own neighbourhood. I went to Sydney at the weekend and I didn’t hear it where I was staying. I bought a white noise machine which I play really loudly at night, and it helps me get some sleep. I play a CD during the day with the sounds of it raining, to help distract me from the noise. The noise otherwise has the potential to send me nuts.

    1. When it started here in CT USA, dog went on Prozac to stop her from shaling out of her skin. Coyotes have left, thats good. pool water gets standing waves and vibrations from the ground effects. I think I dropped you a line elsewhere?

  27. Humming Buzz in France.
    I have read with interest all the comments posted and feel compelled to give you my experiences here in France.
    We moved to what seemed to be a peaceful rural area with no traffic or industry.
    After a short time we became aware of a humming,buzzing low frequency noise.What could it be?After turning off all electric supply the noise still persisted.It seemed to come through the solid walls of the house.
    First instincts were ear problems,tinnitus.However driving a few miles the noise lessened and eventually stopped.
    Conclusion,must be a localised source ,but what can it be?.
    After extensive local research as to potential sources we have concluded that the hum source is a local chicken farm housing 15000 chickens,replaced every 12 weeks.
    My guess is the cooling fans and feeding machinery causes local air disturbance of low frequency which is capable of penetrating solid walls.
    Most of the time the noise is 24/7 and at other times intermittent.
    Yes,It does stop,but not that often.What a relief though and we almost feel human again.
    When it is going, the only thing to reduce the effects is to open windows allowing other exterior sounds to soften /distract from this terrible hum/buzz .ok in summer,not so good in winter.
    We like our house and general area,no crime etc but dont know if we can put up with the hum/buzz.forever!
    My advice therefore to all sufferers is seek out FANS.The low frequency noise they expel is hard to source ,even by the experts.The sound travels great distances,through solid structures and is such a level that only some are aware of the disturbance.
    By the way ,there are no gas pipelines or High Voltage lines nearby.
    It has been interesting to learn the true extent of this modern day problem and my sympathy and understanding go out to all you folks having to endure this burden.
    Finding and understanding the source helps,it is a natural human instinct to react to unknown noise sources,primitive survival instinct I guess.We know our cause/enemy and it helps.

    1. Terry good you found the source, now you need to test the hypothesis. Have the ranchers turn the fans off for a few minutes (call them on your cell and coordinate).

      Ceiling fan does seem to help.

      Now- what town are you in and how do you know there are no gas lines? The sound radiated from the ones here have been confirmed by measurement and hearing (inside a parked quiet car works great as a mobile soiund chamber) at least 25 miles from them. Maybe I can find a gas line map of france and will check for you.

      1. Terry, attached is a link to French map of large pipelines. The importance of this is to do a spot check of those that believe no gas lines are near them and they are experieincing the humhttp://www.theodora.com/pipelines/france_and_belgium_pipelines.html.

        1. Steve,Thanks for the link to the pipeline map.
          Yes there is a pipeline within 25 miles according to the map.
          I will now factor this in to the possible source or add it to
          my own conclusions.
          I am now wondering that what we may have here is a combination of localised low frquency noise from an industrial source,chicken farm fans combining with gas pipeline radiated noise.
          Intensity does vary but the noise is there.
          Thanks again for your input,we will get an answer eventually.

          1. Combination of different sources absolutely plausible. What appears going on here in CT USA is the base problemis the lines. To effect teh ground born waves, a source has to have a great amount of power.

    2. Is the hum louder when you get closer to the chicken plant?
      I live in Pau in SouthWest France and the source of the hum seems to
      be west from here.
      -When the wind blows from the south or the south east I cannot hear
      the hum
      -When an area of high pressure is blocked on my region I cannot hear
      the hum or it’s very very faint.
      -The pitch of the hum seems to be in synch with some low noise
      electrical engines in my house (external HDD, central heating pump)
      sometimes the pitch of the hum resonates with these low noise
      electrical motors, when I stop the electrical appliances, the hum is
      still there.
      -The hum is outside my body
      -Only my left ear can hear it
      -I sometmes feel a pressure on my left ear drum.
      -There are some places where I’ve never heard the hum (in Paris for
      -The noise of the hum is reflected by the concrete building across the
      -The intensity of the hum can be high during the day too.
      -I started hearing in the hum in my early thirties in Pau (in 1990)
      and I had never heard it before.
      -There is no military base or submarine base nearby
      -My region has moderate sismic activity, we’re located on the Pyrenees
      -My left ear was able to detect future eartquakes (from a few hour to
      two or three days) when I was a teenager.
      -Nobody around me (my wife, kids, family, friends colleagues, students
      (I’m a high school teacher)
      has never complained about hearing the hum.
      All the best from the sunny Pyrenees;

      1. The humming began in my house several months back. It is a constant very low frequency and seems to alternate between 2 tones approx. half a semitone apart. It occurs continuously but is almost inaudible during the day due to interference from other ambient noise eg traffic, birdsong, neighbours etc. Hence it is particularly annoying if you wake up at 4 in the morning. The frequency of the hum is such that it seems to penetrate my bed and pillow when I am lying down. In fact at time I cam actually feel it moving my eardrum! I live on the edge of the bush in a semi rural area south of Sydney Australia. There are no gas lines, power lines, underground pipes, factories, machinery or chicken farms within kilometers of here and in any case the noise seems to be being generated from either under the floor or the ceiling of only the back part of my house. I have killed the mains power and water yet it still persists. In fact I’ve just paused in the writing of this and can hear it now. There are a few not very convincing explanations I have, along with others here, come up with. 1. Residue high water pressure causing pipes to resonate. 2. Some sort of electrical vibration being generated by the power connection from the street. 3. Some sort of vibration from my solar hot water system (but why at night). 4. Elves having a communal singsong …But I just can’t find a specific source location, the sound seems to emit from a general area. Anyone with ANY other ideas …HELP!!!

  28. I have had a hum in my house since about 2006. the sound resonates through the walls, and I can also hear it outside on the porch. I have checked all utilities, not it. I had a power outage for 8 days, still the hum. The sound is a low frequency hum, like a motor running, I can’t escape it,its like the sound is in my head. I live in a rural part of North West New Jersey. Most men can not hear it.I hear it mostly at night and on the North side of the house.Does anyone have any clue as to what this could be?? Engineers from the power company said it is something they havent ever come accross, ever.

    1. Dee just across the Delware river cutting over into NJ are a couple major High Pressure pipelines. Considering your on bedrock and faults could be pipeline HUM from them. The hypothesis being worked is that major changes in operations from these lines due to gas demand and things like Marshallus Shale gas are causing these lines to have internal low freq noise radiated from them, like sieimic waves. Authorities don’t want this out! A couple weeks ago chatted with a lady from warren county. Are you in warren or Sussex.

      1. I am in warren county and I am going crazy with this sound. It is getting louder. Who can I call about this. Thank you so much for your response.Someone else in warren co. hears this? please call me to discuss further.862-324-0142

  29. I’m fed up too. I’ve talked with “Steve” before on the yahoo “HUm forum”.

    This damn sound is very real! I started noticing it last January. Hoped it was related to winter weather…NOPE! At times, I think it’s gone and then…it’s back again! It’s now September, 2011 and I’ve been hearing the sound –especially loudly– for the last few days. It is NOT my imagination or an “ear problem”.

    I’m getting very testy with people who imply that because they can’t hear it, it must be my “imagination”! The sound is everywhere in my house and yet not in walls or pipes that I can detect. I’ve checked with the hydro authority, gas, and water heater people. No angle has panned out. Every time I think I can live with it…(because it’s quieter some nights)…it gets louder again and I get frustrated.

    If this is a gas pipeline…I can’t find one here in my part of Ontario. I AM along the lake, though, and there is a flood concern for this region. They have been exploring possibilities for drainage. I’m wondering if this has something to do with drainage systems beneath the house.

    There are several musical notes to this sound, mostly low but a few here and there that are higher. I have a musical ear. Could that be why I can hear it and most of the neighbours I’ve polled cannot? (There are two neighbours who describe hearing the same thing as me, late at night especially, when it’s quiet.)

    I’ve also heard it while walking the dog at night outside and closer to the lake where I live..

    Another note…we had a power failure this summer. The sound continued which tells me it isn’t electrical – even externally to the house.

  30. I have been hearing the same low frequency hum for about a year and a half now on and off and first noticed it when i got up during the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I live in the UK in a quiet road and thought it was a wind turbine that was making the noise as it started about the time the turbine started to be used, so i complained to the local council but when the turbine stopped being used, the noise to my dismay carried on and it really begun to affecting my sleep and quality of life as i started to listen for it all the time. I have had the council out with recording equipment but it did not pick any sound up which i thought it wouldn’t and if it did, it still wouldn’t identify where it was coming from, this has got to the point where i am considering moving because if the council by some miracle come out and investigate and find the source, they probably will say they can’t do anything about it. I know exactly how everyone feels as i am goin through it now all the time and it seems like living hell being irritable, tired, grumpy and snappy all the time, i will have to try and look into the gas pipe theory and go from there.

    1. Nobby and chris
      The nice lady from woodland that’s inteh news said no gas lines near. I checked the UK grid map and for her down thru Durham and into Teeside there shows a line, proably north sea gas??? The ILFN (infrasond low frequency noise) these radiate can travels 10 to 50 miles, at least, depending on geology and intensity of source radiator – somehing in the gas flow stream has changed. Chri- you might want to join Yahoo Hum forum and exchange notes with Maggi locted near Newcstle. And yes, other things can cause LFN, but the gas lines explain why it covers hundreds of miles. I’ll check where Coffs harbour is.

  31. Hi there, I live in Coffs Harbour – Australia I’m wondering if LFN can be more apparent in areas where water is having to be pumped up hill ? Mains pressure would have to be higher to cope with delivery of water to elevated houses. Water pressure is the only answer here I think – no Natural Gas pipeline etc in this area.

  32. We’re in Franklin, TN—we’ve lived in this house for sixteen years, but a couple of years ago we began to notice a hum that has increased to being a continual ( and at least in the home, inescapable) source of irritation. Even now, at the computer after another broken night’s sleep, the hum is very oppressive. With people over during the day or even during the evening, are not bothered as much. But at night, trying to get a good night’s sleep has become a continual fight to mask the noise—but the hum overrides everything, from fans to rain on an ipod, all turned up loud. Neither one of us is sleeping well anymore, waking up many tines every evening. For many years this was an extremely quiet house in a very quiet neighborhood ( which has seen changes from a new development nearby, completed for a couple of years now, with underground electricity and expanded water lines. We think the hum began around this time.) We take a walk on a gravel road from our home, and both of us can hear the hum for about a half mile around, but, being low frequency, we can’t identify the source, though at times we think we can detect the general direction. Others have also heard it in our house. We vacillate between thinking it’s an outside source that our home unfortunately vibrates ( this week’s top choice) and a dampened power mains or some power source vibrating through the wiring in our house. We’ve gone though all the hoops with checking water pipes and plumbing, turned everything off at the breaker box one by one—-and read many posts like this one, hoping to find the answer. One night we got in the car, and followed the hum to the nearest power station. But perhaps we were temporarily insane that night. We go to other places around town, and don’t hear it at all. Having dismissed traffic noise and all but one industrial source, our current prevailing theory is that it is some sort of localized phenomena involving RF and power line noise. Would love for it to go far far away. If it doesn’t soon, we’ll have to.

    1. Gary- you are now on teh data map of people close to HP Natural Gas Lines suffering from teh HUM. Columbia Gas has what looks to be a large line about 2 miles south of center of Franklin. Seismic like low frequency, ground born sound is reasonating your home and inside your parked car. Typically symptoms all over, and mine all over western CT within at least 25 miles of our 2 systems passing by.

      1. Thanks, we’ll check that out—it is funny how some people come in the house and don’t notice any hum ( we don’t mention it) maybe we’re just the small percentage of people who hear the once ( to us ) inaudible sounds of the earth rotating, the collective power grid, cell towers, etc—we both heard the same hum recently while hiking around MT Pisgah in NC—maybe it’s just us

        1. Haven’t looked yet where MT Pisgah is, but there is a slightly different phenomena going on near a line the runs past PineHurst/ Southern pines. I actually was there spring of 2010 at forest Creek and heard outside a HUM after studying it as an inside thing here in CT. Bewildered me. Found out there is a HP Propane line the runs up from down south up into NC. It’s a liquid line and soemthing different is occuring with it. Majority of Humers hear it most often inside. I beleive some places there may be some reasonance of geological structures that might be heard in dead silence outside, needs allot more invetigation

  33. Bob that’s why we need a full investigation to get to the bottom of all the damnation sources. we can’t stop the technology or as you know from Saundras site, moving gas. But this is really geting bad. The only way is to contact your congressman and newspaper. This won’t be easy, espeically since the gov’t is out of money.

  34. I live in a rural area ,no water pipes except plastic for my well pump.As I said before It is Micro Wave hearing.I never heard it until I move 400 ft. from a TV,FM radio,Cell tower. It has followed me to my acreage when towers were placed near by.It became louder in 2005 when HAARP boosted the power by one hundred percent.It’s enough to drive a person insane .The only way I can live with it is to have other noise that blanks it out.It has a vibration that penetrates into my nervous system.My only hope is that those that are causing this will suffer more than I do!!

  35. I live in a rural area ,no water pipes except plastic for my well pump.As I said before It is Micro Wave hearing.I never heard it until I move 400 ft. from a TV,FM radio,Cell tower. It has followed me to my acreage when towers were placed near by.It became louder in 2005 when HAARP boosted the power by one hundred percent.It’s enough to drive a person insane .The only way I can live with it is to have other noise the blanks it out.It has a vibration that penetrates into my nervous system.My only hope is that those that are causing this will suffer more than I do!!

  36. Hi Steve. Thank you so much for the mention in your reply on June 8th. You asked where in MA I live. I live in Marshfield with my husband and two sons and I am the only one in my family that hears the HUM. I also stated that while visiting family in the Sacramento area I heard the HUM there as well. El Dorado Hills is the specific town and while we were all sitting around in the family room talking I asked if anyone else could hear that “that low droning HUM” and of course they could not. Just moi. I asked my next door neighbor if she hears anything at her house and of course she does not. Just moi. I have started to tell a few other friends and relatives and some of the reactions I am receiving are interesting to say the least. So there you have it. I have also broached the subject with a very intelligent and knowledgeable friend of mine who works in public health to see what she thinks as well. I’ll let everyone know what she comes up with as she said she would do some research.

    1. Susan/ Elyza- First off there are many theories out there, but the one my little Brookfield CT group is onto is changes made to the NatGas ditribution systems, espescially the ones pushing gas into the changing NE market from oil/ coal to NG. The reason we have exposed this is coincidnece and follow up testing research from two large NG compressors installed here in a residnetial neighborhood. At this point, we lost teh battle to have them here, but now we’ve got this mess, plus another one of local flutter pusling our area. focusing on HUM resonated in the house, inside your parked closed up car though.
      Elysa There is a Livermore TOPIX site that seemed to be active, many sufferers in the Bay/ Livermore area. I believe you meant 2010 started hearing? The reason for the location is to plot HUM locations around the US for proof of our theory to congress and the media. Points plotted on a national interstate HP Natural system map which we have exposed as starting to have caused increased levels of trouble since 2005 (though some areas affleicted much longer). And with a 98% accuracy of over 400 points, it is holding up. There is a site by the gov’t NPMS Public viewer, it shows where lines are by county, And you area is loaded with lines, maybe some are misbehaving radiating ILFN (Infrasound Low Freq Noise) heard through reasonance of structures, not directly from teh line.
      Susan- If I plotted your hearing location correctly in MA, your 10 -20 miles from differnt Gas lines so your location might be impacted, but testing would be needed to track down the source. El dorado hills on teh other hand fits the gas line theory- both haz liquid and natural gas lines withn 11 miles, solid bedrock and likely faults to carry the ILFN sound waves good distances.

      When you ask open up by saying you less than 10% of population can hear this LFN. You should listen for yourself. Also, if they are hearing it ask if they constantly hear an iding deisel outside their house, with no explanation- it will open discussion.

      Anyway, that’s our theory and your data is appreciated. MAybe get atention in congress soon.


      1. Hey Steve, a few questions please. I started that Topix forum by the way, and would like to update it soon with information I have found since then on a very complex subject, and possibly refer to this site regarding LFN and proximity to nat. gas lines. I think there are several possible issues going on in posts submitted here related to LFN from sources originating outside of the house but heard in the house (or cars) though, among them is LFN from freeways, which is covered extensively on websites, as well as from gas lines. I just discovered that we are approximately 460 feet from a Nat. gas line ( a real surprise!), but we are also around half a mile from the freeway. I was recently in the city of Fremont for a few weeks, and most definitely heard the same LFN in the house (owner didn’t hear it) at 1500 ft from a line, and 1.12/.84 miles from two freeways. What is the distance range for people being able to hear LFN from gas lines? How do you differentiate/determine LFN source between possible causes such as when lines are also near freeways? How do you account for variability in level of intensity? Pressure in the line? Atmospheric conditions? There are also LFNs that are audible to most people of normal hearing range and reported by a large population in an area, and then there are the LFNs heard by some of us who have had the misfortune of developing a sensitivity to LFN which others do not hear. (Assumption is that the hearing sensitivity developed recently and not that the noise started recently) Have you found that LFN from gas lines is easily heard by the general population as opposed to only sensitives, or is it that we are we hearing different things? Any web site resources on studies specific to gas lines and LFN? Is the report you are presenting available for viewing online? By the way I have been in two locations so far where there was absolute silence, Imperial Beach in Southern Calif, and Berkeley, CA in the Berk. hills area, both areas miles away from freeway, not sure about gas lines. Thanks Steve

        1. allot of questions so here we go;
          – ILFN (hum) depending on geology, water bodies and intensity/ peak to peak fluctuations can travel tens of miles and likely 100’s (like taos from alberqerque). Using a quiet car as mobile lab have used FFT and octave analysis proofed 25 miles away from our epicenter location.
          – spectral analysis using FFT becomes higher and more active at high hum levels. Prominent freqs here in CT are 40, 30 and 16 hz. Highway noise is higher spectal frequencies, DOT info shows that. Measurements at 2 am in the morning no traffic , high HUM, high frequency activity- not highways. Elect lines in the US at 60 and 120 hz and no impact at 600 ft where we live from them (consultant confirmed). You need allot of power to make this HUM and the gas lines have hundreds of thousands of HP pumping into them.
          – if you understand how gas transmission systems work they vary on demand and at night they even pump up the storage capacity and underground storage facilities for next day demand. The reason many systems are now mis behaving is becasue the govt allowed increases in Max Operating Press (MAOP) since 2005. Also the compositon of gas has changes affecting components once designed ok, now not, Also gas flows directions have changed as sources change- all account to variability
          – the gas lines radiate ILFN, sound travels like seismic waves as evidneced by seiches in our pool. The interact with foundations, caves, etc to casue resonance and HUM, with resultant vibrotactical sensations toteh feet and butt. This ILFN is also suspected to be causing teh bat and bee problems (and likely other unexplained un natrual ecosystem diasters in teh last few years (not chemicals, cell phones or power lines or HArrp)
          – Ferc and all those guys are bewildered as I guess no one has ever come to this conclusion (unless covered up) NO WEB SITES we are trying to teh govt to engage, but as you can expect they are resistant considering teh consequences of truth here.
          – go to NPMS Public Viewer to see if gas lines in proximity of the locations. Geology may attentuate it in you peaceful locations, sand etc, really need experts at this point. Surely the Seattle area =Vashon hum is influeneced by geological faults, etc.

          Nosie started and those sensitve enough hear it, Changes in gas line operations is casuing it. And teh systems have had major changes since 2005, especiaaly pushing into the northeast where we live.

          Trying to get into news, the work is electronic format. s a start I suggest looking at teh HUM mapping I have posted on yahoo hum forum in the files section- very revealing!

          I am sure this will generte more questions, feel free to bounce back. Yahoo Hum forum is active. The folks in windsor Cdn are living thru Hell right now and teh peieces fit that this “glove fits”


          sorry for typos but now easy spell check

  37. I’d like to add my location info for whatever purpose it may serve. Because most of the previous posts have very closely expressed my experience, I will not repeat a lot of the details, but will say that I’ve lived in a north Livermore, CA community called Springtown for eight years and the noise began around Nov/Dec 2011. I have also gone through the long list of things to check, in addition to talking to senior transportation engineers regarding the poor condition of nearby (.45 mi.) freeway and ongoing construction projects, and their possible contribution to this noise. There was an antenna-type structure added to the top of nearby power line tower back then, and I also had a new roof with a ridge vent installed. At suggestion of engineers began tracking weather conditions (air pressure, temp., wind speed/direction, humidity) but could not figure out a correlation with variability of noise level. Noise drastically reduced end of April for no reason I could determine, ecstatically thought it was gone, but is now back. Audiology report was normal. At this point I don’t care about the cause unless it is something I can change, and apparently it is not. Would be willing to wear low-frequency-dampening hearing aid full-time if it were possible. I’m beyond the exasperated stage to one of unwilling acceptance/tolerance. Thanks for a place to share and to sympathize with the rest of you.

  38. Never realized there was a page two. Anyhow Leonard, Susan, Min.
    Leonard- there is a Calgary group that seems active and allot of noise from BC. I only peek at what’s happening to our friends up north, but can tell you your inside home symptoms are exctly lke thousands, you hear the LFN idling deisel noise, your spouse doesn’t, just differences in physiology. BC, Windsor/ Essex Ont and North of lake ontario have many reports. All in prox of HP gaslines either to US or from US to CDN. Many years ago in Ft Saskastewan, and innisfail
    Susan- I am in Brookfield CT and the new lines from Maine into MA have reprots all along them (Chelmsford Ma is one). What town are you in for the mapping of HUM reports. (San Fran/ Sac area is loaded with reports, likely had something to do with San Bruno – my opinion. The lines from western CT, thru CT to Boston area the same. Changes to Nat Gas supplies in NE have made things very bad, and our Government has their heads in the sand for what we keep telling them, for obvious reasons. We are trying to do somethihng about it. Besides annoyance, there seems proof that this is causing the bat and bee declines. Other human health issues of Vibroacousitc dieases likely. Not to scare you, but contact your congressman. Most likely the fcause is pushing the use of natural gas to new levels, not cell phones, HAARP, etc. I go to Bergen County in NJ and State College (Bellfonte) in PA and hear it there as well, and they both tie back to NG lines. Yhey radiate low frequency noise, travels thru ground long distances, reasonates your home and causes the HUM
    Min- major natural gas system changes in your area, as well as Salt lake area in the last 1/2 dozen years.. Check out the EIA (energy Information Administration) and google around around it. You’ll see.

    I’m not an expert on the gas industry, but have become very studied and tested with this theory that it seems, no one else has ever uncovered. Our group has been trying to get from Congress attention.
    You are each one of thousands (US, UK, CDN, AUS..). Check out the Yahoo Hum forum, there are many others. Stay in contact


    1. In my area there is only bottle LPG gas available but that hum is there 24-7. In any case to my ear it seems more like a a low frequency electrical type of sound, a two note alternating drone. And no it’s not tinnitus as I’ve had that particular scourge for years and it’s a high pitched whistley whine. Isn’t this fun …

      1. Further to this,
        We had a local total electricity failure two nights ago and the hum persisted regardless. So discount electric-related causes. Still not convinced with the gas pipeline explanation as they are quite removed from where I live. I am getting a stethescope today in an endeavour to localise the source. Last night it really sounded like a type of hydraulic pulse you would hear emanating from pipes with liquid vibrating inside. It was quite strong very early this morning it felt like the air was resonating at extremely low frequency.

        1. You’d be better of getting an FFT program and understanding the differences from a low hum to high hum day. Then do an area wide measure to pin pont the epicenter. Keep in mind, you need induced room (or car) reasonance to cause the hum. Search on room reasonace, nodes and anti nodes. It’s interesting. The sound system folks understand this stuff better than me.

  39. Hi there, I’ve been in my new house 1 year and I heard it as soon as I moved in. I’d thought I’d gotten used to it but it woke me last night around 2 in the morning (I’m wondering if it’s louder in the summer, we moved in around this time last year). No one else in my house hears it. If I put my ear to a wall or floor I don’t really hear it. I can’t localize it, it’s not anything in the house that I can tell but I can hear it all over the house and not outside. I live in north east Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and there are plenty of under ground pipelines in my area. I don’t know what to do, I’d love to confirm the hum with other people in my area. Does anyone have any suggestions, I’d prefer to eliminate the noise and not mask it. Thanks in advance.

  40. Hmmm yes, I hear it as well. Live in coastal town in MA. I really began noticing it about a month ago but remember hearing and noticing it for the first time in the not to distant past. I either ignored it, it went away for a time or i just did not “hear” it. Either way I hear it constantly now when things are quiet and I find it extremely annoying. It does not bother me to the extent that others who have posted are suffering i.e. not being able to sleep etc. but it does grate on your nerves. To me it is a very low droning up and down hum with a sort of vibration like quality to it. It reminds me of how a propeller plane droning way off in the distance sounded when I was a little kid. Like everyone else has said, I want to KNOW what it is, where it is coming from and what is causing it. I hear it all over the house, and it is most noticable when it is quiet and seems worse at night. I am just now sitting in the family room off the kitchen and the fridge went on….no hum….. fridge off and the hum returns with a beyond irritating vengence. To me it seems to come from the direction of the ceiling of whatever room I am in. I know it is not in the ceiling per se it just seems to me the direction from where the hum emanates. I am so grateful to hear (no pun) that others are experiencing this and that it is not “just me.” One thing that concerns and upsets me though, and others might find interesting, is that we recently visited family who live outside Sacramento, CA and I heard the hum in their house too. I have never ever posted a blog but for obvious reasons was compelled to write. Thank you.

    1. Yes, exactly how I would describe my house hum. My next approach will be to acquire a stethescope and try and pinpoint a source location.

  41. sleep deprived in South Boulder, Colorado. First house in Boulder I have heard this and its effects on my nervous system. Thought it was the neighbors radon fan-nope. Not the electrical. Water pressure has been a problem in the area,but why would hum get LOUDER? This house has water handles on the wall to turn on when running the washing machine and turn off when done (otherwise could explode into flood). Had water adjusted in house, but pressure is hard on hot water heater-need small additional tank of some sort attached to it. Am getting the water main to the house checked out. Steve, any gas line changes in Boulder, Colorado? Landlord willing to let us out of our lease. Will be listening in next house for it at different times of day/night before moving. Heard it in Mt. Princeton, Colorado at a natural springs place, too. Surprising.

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