I have a problem at our new home. It is a starnge issue and I need
some suggestion first to identify it and then to solve it.
First of all, it is a brand new home and we lived in it for like 2
months. Second, we are leaving in a pretty quiet neighborhood.
My problem is a with a noise that I hear quite all the time but
particularly in the night when we go to bed and when there is
practically no other noise or voice around. It is a low bass kind of
noise, as if somebody is playing music with a lot of bass far far
and only bass is reaching to my room. I can hear it whereever I go at
home. I believe the noise resonates between the walls and gets
amplified. I could not find any source for such a noise but it is
there constantly. If I can listen to it carefully isolating any other
noise around, I can hear it during the day as well.
I also recognized that when TV is I can feel the bass in my study
room. Looks like it travels pretty good in the house.
We are locating in Texas and I suspect if there is a drilling
somewhere near but I don;t know.
Anyway, can please someone suggest me how to deal with this issue and
solve it. I am sure I am not the first person ever having such an
issue at his home. Any commnet is welcome even if it sounds stupid :)
Good news and bad news. From the description, I can tell you what it
likely is. The bad news is
while it has a name, no one knows what is causing it and you can't get rid
of it The sound has probably
been best described as a faint low freq sound or hum, similar to a large
diesel engine, like a truck, idling way
off in the distance. It occurs more inside a building than outside, more at
night or early AM hours and some people
can hear it and others can't. It's been heard in many areas of the world
and been investigated quite a bit, without
any success in determining what causes it. What is clear though is that
there is no identifiable conventional source
for it, as the many places it's been heard have nothing in common, no
nearby industial sources, power lines, etc.
Do a search on Taos Hum. It's named that because Taos, NM is one place
where it was heard a
lot a decade ago, investigated, etc. For most people, it's just a
curiousity, but not loud or noticeable
enough to be annoying. Kokomo, Indiana was another area where it was an
issue more recently.
Ditto. The most common source of a low hum is the 60 Hz household
line frequency. This can come from a loose wire connection
(uncommon) or a transformer with loose plates or mountings. Check
your, door bell transformer, the furnace transformer , your
flourescent light fixtures,and anything that uses a transformer. The
next most likely source is your plumbing . Put your ear to a water
pipe and check it out.
It might be poltergeists or wind.
Can you hear it outside? Put your ear to the ground, on the ground.
You can also use a piece of broomstick or something to touch things
and put the end of the stick near your ear.
Or a mechanics stethoscope. I have a very cheap one but it worked to
find the clicking noise in my car**
Just listen and touch everything -- careful around moving parts --
until you find it.
**turned out to be the "duty cycle something valve" that has to do
with sucking gas vapor from somewhere to somewhere and is not part of
the engine itself, so even if it fails, the most I'll do is pollute a
little and then engine will run fine. As long as it is clicking, it's
I am wondering if it is a transformer that you are hearing. Are there any
utility transformers close to your house? Do you have low voltage lighting?
You could try shutting off each circuit breaker one at a time to see if the
sound goes away.
As others have mentioned, there are
transformers all over the average
house that are on all the time. A
furnace transformer can resonate through
ducts. Shut off breakers to see if it
goes away. Also, if it is very quiet,
one can even hear blood rushing through
your own body, probably in your
ears. That could be construed as a hum.
Let us know when you find
John Grabowski wrote:
OT You know, my whole life, or at least since I was 12, it has never
been totally quiet in my ears. I'm 60 and this past year the sound
has gotten louder. It's not the blood, because it doesnt' pulse. It
sounds like "listening to the ocean" in a big seashell or like water
running in a copper pipe in the wall. I hear there is no cure for
these noises, but so far, I only notice it when I'm trying to fall
asleep. So it' snot a problem yet.
"A 1953 study (Heller and Bergman) of 80 tinnitus-free university
students placed in a soundproofed room found that 93% reported hearing
a buzzing, pulsing or whistling sound."
I didn't say it, but I thought everyone was like me. Maybe 93% are.
My friend is either in that 7% who don't hear things or she has never
been in a soundproofed room. Or both.
Related to this, I used to have a clicking in my ear, which I
noticed only when I turned my head in a certain direction, especially
when I was going to sleep. It clicked about once every 2 seconds, but
once in a while as much as 4 times a second. I thought there was an
insect in there, but my friends couldn't see one. Still I tried
kiling it with alcohol. That would help for a couple days and then it
would be back. I tried hot water to get the wax out. That didnt'
help. Lasted for 3 or 4 months. Then it went away and hasn't been back
in over a year! Life is strange.
If you count me as part of my home, this is about home repair.
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