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That Annoying HUM!

JamesWhitehead

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What a horrid website! I got one ad. for urinary bags and another which promised me a surprise in April, illustrated by a coffin in a hearse!

I am not making this up! :reap:
 

escargot

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Have you witnessed said hum on your excursions?

Sadly, not the faintest thrum. :(

We're normally bowling along the main road at the top of the photo. Next time we're over there we'll take the scenic route, maybe slow down (avoiding the pitchforks) and have a proper listen.

The Saltney Ferry Bridge over the Dee near Chester whistles and hums loudly enough to make you think a plane is flying low overhead to the nearby airport. I've recorded it on my phone.
We have a short but intriguing thread on whistling bridges.
 

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The Saltney Ferry Bridge over the Dee near Chester whistles and hums loudly enough to make you think a plane is flying low overhead to the nearby airport. I've recorded it on my phone.
We have a short but intriguing thread on whistling bridges.

Is that close enough to Haslington to be responsible? Low frequency sounds can travel a long distance. The hum is probably something you'd only hear when it's quiet with no other sound to mask it..
 

escargot

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Is that close enough to Haslington to be responsible? Low frequency sounds can travel a long distance. The hum is probably something you'd only hear when it's quiet with no other sound to mask it..


Nope, they're 30-odd miles apart with a city and a few towns in between.
 

sdoig

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In Forfar the last few weeks we have had an unexplained 'whirring' sound that comes on in the early evening and lasts a few hours. Been mentioned a few times on local Facebook pages. Oddly though, I, ve never heard it ( Although my wife has)
 

Fanari_Lloyd

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I’ve been hearing a ‘hum’ in the day and night for a week or so now. It sounds a bit as if some has a vacuum on, except you can hear it at all hours, including 3, 4, 5 6 a.m. and earlier, and it changes frequency so that I can hear it going up to something on the edge of hearing, but it’s still there. Then it stops and perhaps 15 — 30 mins later it begins again, then stops.

The noise reminds me of audiologists tests where you have to press the button when you hear the sound and stop when you can’t. It’s not so annoying in the day, but at night it’s aggravating. At times it can be quite audible and my partner can hear it too, but if it’s fainter or higher only I can. It’s not tinnitus, which I suffer from, as if I put my hands over my ears it blocks the sound out.
This is Swindon, UK, btw.
 

EnolaGaia

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The Golden Gate Bridge is now vying to be the world's biggest "hummer" ...

FULL STORY (With Multiple Videos):
https://www.livescience.com/golden-gate-bridge-hum.html
Update ...

The Golden Gate Bridge is still humming, and people are still complaining. Research is underway to find a solution, and engineers hope to be able to announce something this coming summer.
Engineers Work to Silence Loud Hum on Golden Gate Bridge

... “It’s really loud,” San Francisco resident Aneela Brister told the Chronicle. “Huge and all-encompassing. It makes you worry if the bridge is coming apart.”

The noise can be heard as far away as Daly City, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of San Francisco, the newspaper said.

“Some people have found it to be meditative and angelic,” said bridge spokesman Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, while quickly acknowledging that most people find it distressing.

Cosulich-Schwartz said engineers using full-size sections of the bridge railing inside a wind tunnel are working on a solution, but he couldn't provide additional details.

“We’ll have more to say this summer,” Cosulich-Schwartz said. “It’s a tricky business. We want to be absolutely sure we get it right. We will never sacrifice the structural integrity of the bridge but we want to be responsive to our neighbors.’’
FULL STORY: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/...lence-loud-hum-on-golden-gate-bridge/2673938/
 

RaM

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Heard a humming last night the wife thought I was hearing things,
I thought it may have been the Life boat, it went on for at least a hour
till I fell asleep, couldn't have been a motor vehicle as it was after ten
and no one would leave one running so long, I checked the Life boat
it as not been out since 13:40 though it was coming up to high tide so
something could have been in the harbour.
Anyway I forgot about it thinking happen tinnitus or imagination till
just now when the wife came in and said a woman down the st had
just asked "did you hear that humming last night" up to a few years
back it would be put down to harbour goings on ships generators
and so on but anything of any size as stopped calling.
:omr:
 

Mythopoeika

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Heard a humming last night the wife thought I was hearing things,
I thought it may have been the Life boat, it went on for at least a hour
till I fell asleep, couldn't have been a motor vehicle as it was after ten
and no one would leave one running so long, I checked the Life boat
it as not been out since 13:40 though it was coming up to high tide so
something could have been in the harbour.
Anyway I forgot about it thinking happen tinnitus or imagination till
just now when the wife came in and said a woman down the st had
just asked "did you hear that humming last night" up to a few years
back it would be put down to harbour goings on ships generators
and so on but anything of any size as stopped calling.
:omr:
Maybe this means that your hearing isn't that bad?
 
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IbisNibs

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I've experience hums in three different places, all in the continental US. I've been in those places multiple times, but have only heard the sound a few times when there. Each time, it was summer, and once during a very hot spell. I like having windows open year round, so it wasn't that I was disturbed only because the window was open.
In one place I heard it for a week while I lived on the ground level. I was in that room for several months but moved upstairs where I never heard the hum. In the other places I was also in the lowest level of the building. Consequently, I associate being close to the ground with low frequency noise disturbances like this. I find stone buildings very quiet on the third floors and above.

I assume there are different sources for low frequency noises including seismic activity, and vibrations from heavy vehicle traffic, but I have no way of determining if that's correct or not. I assume the type of rock and soil in the ground influence the quality of these noises. I am older, have tinnitus, but have always been sensitive to sounds, that is, either my hearing is keener than normal, or I notice sound more than most people do. It's not imagined, it's not a medical condition, it's a real thing, and it's REALLY ANNOYING when you're trying to get to sleep. Part of why it so easily affects sleep is because when I rest my head on a surface (e.g. the pillow which is on a bed), the sound is louder. In fact, the sound is inescapable and therefore maddening.

As I read the article about Holmefield and its hum, I wondered:
1-what is the age range of the people who are disturbed by the noises in Holmefield?
2-what type of dwellings do they live in and how close to the gound are they?
3-what type of substrate is there (what type of rock or soil)?
4-is there low level seismic activity in that area?
5-are there any correlations between the hum and the weather?
6-is the hum louder at night, or just more easily noticed?
 

Giant R

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I have often wondered if this kind of hum is sometimes caused by the growing popularity of air source heat pumps to heat homes ( or to cool homes) and the similar types of fan used in air con units in homes and offices/factories.
Air source heat pumps are being pushed to gradually replace gas boilers in the UK and are sited outside. They create sound levels of between 40-60 Decibels at a distance of 1m away and could probably create a collective 'hum' when several are running at the same time and on the same frequency.
Perhaps in certain types of atmospheric conditions the sound carries more?
 

ramonmercado

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Hmm Holmfield promised non-answer re hum.

The latest report into a mystery low-level hum which has plagued some people in a West Yorkshire village could be available in the next two weeks.

Residents in Holmfield, near Halifax, said the noise had "tortured" them and damaged their health for two years.

However, in August a Calderdale Council meeting was told all reasonable lines of inquiry had been exhausted.

Councillor Jenny Lynn said the process of updating people on the investigation should be complete by mid-September.

The humming sound was first reported to Calderdale Council in September 2020.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-62795465
 

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Mouldy13

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Hmm Holmfield promised non-answer re hum.

The latest report into a mystery low-level hum which has plagued some people in a West Yorkshire village could be available in the next two weeks.

Residents in Holmfield, near Halifax, said the noise had "tortured" them and damaged their health for two years.

However, in August a Calderdale Council meeting was told all reasonable lines of inquiry had been exhausted.

Councillor Jenny Lynn said the process of updating people on the investigation should be complete by mid-September.

The humming sound was first reported to Calderdale Council in September 2020.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-62795465

after investigation Calderdale council has been unable to come up with an explanation

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-63155863
 

MorningAngel

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Not a hum but I strange noise I hear outside. I’d forgotten about it as I hadn’t heard it for a while but it’s started again. It’s a strange computerised sound I hear in front of our house. I’ve found a similar sound to give you an idea. I really don’t know what it is that makes this sound outside.

https://www.pond5.com/sound-effects...und-smooth-hi-tech-hud-notification-app-sound
I’ve noticed it happened a couple of days at around 4.20 pm. So when I’ve been about at that time I’ve set off our front security camera to try and track it down or at the very least record it. But of course the three times I’ve tried it’s been a no show.
 

MorningAngel

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I’ve noticed it happened a couple of days at around 4.20 pm. So when I’ve been about at that time I’ve set off our front security camera to try and track it down or at the very least record it. But of course the three times I’ve tried it’s been a no show.
I wonder if it’s the street lamp. A few years ago we had a bad storm and our tree and the street lamp (who seemed very attached to each other) came down. So now we have a fairly new street lamp. I wonder if my mystery noise is it updating or something.
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MorningAngel

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I wonder if it’s the street lamp. A few years ago we had a bad storm and our tree and the street lamp (who seemed very attached to each other) came down. So now we have a fairly new street lamp. I wonder if my mystery noise is it updating or something. View attachment 61307
If anyone is interested in what happed to the last one.
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In this video, a local guy believe he’s solved where the Holmfield hum is coming from - but it seems he was wrong, or not completely correct:

 
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