At its prime in the darkest, quietest nights, it creeps in and stays there, making a permanent home inside your mind. Known as ‘The Hum,’ this phenomenon has stirred people all around the world. As strange as it may sound, ‘The Hum’ is a widely-experienced phenomenon involving reports of a low hum that is heard by certain people and seems to never go away.
People claim to hear a persistent, low-frequency hum or droning noise that is not audible for others surrounding them. It certainly is odd how some claim to hear this ‘hum’ very clearly while others believe it to be simply an auditory delusion. In numerous cases, ‘The Hum’ has driven people insane, sometimes even resulting in death.
This droning noise is described to be most noticeable at night or indoors, rather than during the day or outdoors. Most people who suffer from this have little to no complications in their ear or hearing. They have perfectly functioning ears, yet how is it that they experience this relentless hum while others around them don’t suspect a thing?
There really isn’t an explanation for this phenomenon and it remains a total mystery.
While some say that this is due to hearing conditions such as tinnitus, many people with tinnitus don’t recall experiencing this phenomenon while others without this condition are nearly driven mad because of ‘The Hum.’ It seems to be a completely random ballgame.
‘The Hum’ drives people crazy, understandably; people who experience this cannot pinpoint the source because there seems to be no source. It is torturous and miserable for the the victims.
Aileen Hwang, a sophomore at Valencia High School, said, “I think it’s so bizarre how some people, who supposedly have perfectly fine hearing, can suffer from such an agonizing anomaly, and others who may have impaired hearing aren’t affected by this ‘hum’ at all.”
In the end, that really does seem to be the case. ‘The Hum’ appears to forever be one of the many unexplained phenomenons in the world.