Monday, August 17, 2009

The humming-ning

Poor Viva. She's not feeling well. She's got at a attack of the hay-fever, a cold and an ear ache.

And the humming has returned.

Oh no.

Viva can hear this humming. It comes and goes - but every now and then she'll accost me and start demanding to know if I can hear it.

"Can you hear that ? That humming ! DON'T look at me like that ! I can HEAR it ! Are you seriously telling me you can't hear that ? Listen ! Can you hear it ?"

And so on.

I've told her that I can't hear it and she's never quite believed me. She also has trouble accepting that I DON'T want to even TRY to hear it - in case I DO and then I can't NOT hear it again.

I suggested tonight that maybe it was like those people who can pick up radio signals with their teeth fillings. That seemed to spark her to look for symptoms on-line. Low and behold - there are quite a few people who suffer from this. Apparently it sounds a bit like hearing a light-saber from about 50-100 meters away. A bunch of people in Auckland were driven to almost madness by it.


Time to hide the sharp objects, program the emergency services number into the phone and sleep on the couch maybe.


hix said...

In fact, there's a wikipedia entry on it. "The Hum".

Kirby said...

Odd - (and hello to yourself and the lovely Vivness btw!)

I remember being really aware of the city hum when I first moved to Auckland, but I'm not sure if it's the same thing. : /
It was quite distinctive at night, and I remember really hating it at the time. But I don't remember if/how/when it ceased to be there - sorry!!

Nowadays though, I just have slight tinnitus from being surrounded by computers all day. And the airconditioning unit. :p

I'll ask some of my friends if they've ever experienced this. It's got me curious!