We’ve been writing for years about the mysterious hums that are driving people crazy in various towns around the world, such as Kokomo, Indiana. Now the hum problem is official: The New York Times reports there’s a hum in Albuquerque.

Mindy Sink writes in The New York Times that some people in Albuquerque can hear the hum, while others can’t. A similar hum plagued people in Taos, New Mexico, in the 1990s. Some people feel it as a vibration, rather than actually hearing it, and others experience health problems from it, such as headaches, tension and insomnia. There are sufferers who allege these hums are due to some sort of government mind-control testing. Sink quotes Jim Cowan of Acentech, who was hired by the city of Kokomo to investigate their hum, as saying, “These people are definitely not crazy. They are just picking something up that others can’t.”

One theory has been that the hum hearers are actually suffering from tinnitus, a ringing in the ears caused by injury, but ear specialist Dr. James Kelly rules this out. He says, “Tinnitus hearers report hearing higher frequency sound” than people who are bothered by the hum. “The Taos hum is a low-frequency phenomenon.” Cowan traced the Kokomo hum to fans in several nearby factories.

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