A strange low-level humming noise has been emerging at a Canadian city for years, which has left local residents with poor health unable to deal with the persistent sound.
This sound, known as the Windsor Hum, is being heard throughout Windsor, Ontario, inhabited with around 220,000 people, but has been reported 90 miles away in the US city of Cleveland.
Majority of people who have heard it have connected the dots of this sound to a fleet of diesel idling next to home, rattling their windows and spooking their pets.
Worried locals have taken this situation to all platforms of the social media to question their hearing as the hum began to be unpredictable in its duration, timing and intensity which affected those with constant humming.
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“You know how you hear of people who have gone out to secluded places to get away from certain sounds or noises and the like?” Sabrina Wiese posted in a private Facebook group dedicated to finding the source of the noise.
“I’ve wanted to do that many times in the past year or so because it has gotten so bad,” she wrote. “Imagine having to flee all you know and love just to have a chance to hear nothing humming in your head for hours on end.”
Many have reacted to this unknown voice in their own versions.
Mike Provost of Windsor, who helps run a Facebook page, has more than 4,000 pages of daily analysis about the sound and the weather conditions simultaneously. He has had to fend off skeptics and theorists that the hum is related to secret tunneling, U.F.O or covert government operations.
Tracey Ramsey, a member of the Canadian House of Commons, said in a phone interview that she regularly listens to residents complains about headaches, sleeplessness, feeling annoyed and depression to some extent.
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“It’s something they are desperate for an answer to,” she said.
Professor Colin Novak, a principal investigator, said that researchers needed more time and understanding from the American authorities to figure out the source in 2014. “It’s like chasing a ghost,” he said.
In 2003, a study done by the acoustics and vibrations prompted two industrial plants to install silencing equipment, managed to service some peace and relief to the residents but not everyone.
It said, “In fact, one affected resident had become so disturbed that she moved more than 700 miles away to relieve her symptoms,” it said.
This article originally appeared on The Newyork Times.