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A mysterious noise bedevils Windsor, Ontario

Is Zug Island the source of the hum?   Photo credit: Tara licensed under CC BY 2.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The perception of low frequency sound–infrasound, usually defined as lower than 20 Hertz (cycles per second)–and its health effects are not well understood. But something is bothering the residents of Windsor, Ontario, and it’s called the Windsor hum.

For more information on the hum, here’s a Vice News video:

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’s Health Advisory Council, and is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.

Mystery noise no longer mysterious:

The mystery of the ‘alien call’ deep in the Mariana Trench is solved. So, what’s the answer?  , wired.co.uk, writes that scientists at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Centre, which named the sound the “Western Pacific Biotwang,” “likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call.”  So mystery (sorta) solved!

Looks like the worldwide hum has a companion:

Mysterious whistle-like noise from Caribbean Sea is so powerful that it can be heard from space.

The sound, a whistle, is so powerful its vibrations can be picked up from space.  By machines.  Humans can’t hear it because the sound,  at “nearly ’30 octaves below the bottom of a piano,” is beyond human hearing range.