Canada to fund study into what is causing that annoying hum

There is a followup on this story of a request for the government to look into complaints about the Windsor Hum.

A press release was issued today.

Taking Action on the ‘Windsor Hum’.

On behalf of Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, today visited Windsor, Ontario, to announce the launch of a study to identify the cause of the so-called “Windsor Hum”–the recurring vibration and noise that have been disturbing people in the area for almost two years.

Acting on a recommendation from the International Joint Commission, the Government of Canada is funding the study to try to identify the source of the Hum. The study, to be conducted jointly by scientists at the University of Windsor and Western University, will be a key step in developing a possible solution.

This will be very interesting to follow to see what they find. Annoying hums happen all over the world. Finding an answer to what causes this one may lead us in productive directions for other communities to solve their issues.

  1 comment for “Canada to fund study into what is causing that annoying hum

  1. January 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Windsor is an industry town with a major rail link to the USA. There are going to be many industrial noises in the city, noises many people are not familiar with. The internet and stories of other cities with hums can easily cue some people to notice hum sounds that have always been there. And for whatever reason it goes locally viral. And more people suddenly hear it. I’d chalk it up to something like the Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic of the 1950s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Windshield_Pitting_Epidemic). Funny what you suddenly notice in your environment when cued to look. I walked by a work of art in my office every day for 4 years before I noticed it was there. You could have easily told me it was recently hung up.

    I can’t seem to find any places that have had a hum, its source identified, and it was made to go away. Even when some sources have been identified and corrected, people persist in reporting a hum. It leads me to believe its psychological.

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