IT’S been heard everywhere from Canada to New Zealand, and now it seems that the Hum has come to Solihull.
Last week, the Solihull News published a letter from Margaret Witts, a Shirley woman who has been troubled by a mysterious drumming sound.
At first she thought there was something wrong with her hearing, but a quick search online brought up countless other stories about the Hum.
And Margaret isn’t alone in the borough, this week the paper has been contacted by other local people who have been plagued by the noise.
Peter Ricketts, also from Shirley, said: “This has been going on for at least two years and I have no idea what’s causing it. You tend to hear it at night and I can only describe it as a low-pitched drone.
“At first you think you must be going doolally tap, but I’ve spoken to neighbours and they have heard it too.”
A few miles away in Sheldon and Patricia Flohr has been left baffled by the Hum - which started a few months ago.
“It tends to begin in the evening and can go on all night, so sometimes it’s difficult to sleep. There’s a kind of rhythm to it and it starts to get into your head after a while.”
But it’s nothing new for Hall Green resident Madge Lawton - who became aware of the Hum eight years ago.
“I used to be a member of the low frequency noise sufferers’ association and I’d spoken to people who had heard it since the 1970s. I ended up being quite ill and suffering from lack of sleep, but it’s more intermittent these days.”
Speculation is rife about what causes the Hum and why only certain people can hear it. Theories range from the mundane - power lines or mobile phone masts - to the more sinister (UFO activity).
Have you heard the Hum? Or perhaps you know what’s causing it. If so then email firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 150, High Street, Solihull , B91 3SX.