There are 'hearers' among us. Yes, according to research data collected in 1993, approximately 2% of Taos, New Mexico residents are 'hearers' of the Taos Hum.
What is the Taos Hum? Well, thanks for asking...it's what some residents of Taos, New Mexico have complained about for a very long time, and no one can concretely explain this phenomenon. The Hum is said to cause loss of sleep, dizziness, headaches, anxiety, nosebleeds, etc. etc. Some 'hearers' describe the sound as a hum, hence the name, or even a freight train; the sound differing to the 'hearers'.
Studies began to focus on the individuals who were considered the 'hearers' of the Hum once they realized not everyone could hear the phenomenon. The Hums occur in various locations around the world, not only in Taos, but in specific pockets, but no scientist can say exactly what is causing said disturbances. There are theories, but nothing proven substantial.
So, why does it only affect a small percent of the population? Why are some of us 'hearers' and others oblivious to the noise? Interesting to speculate. I'm really digging "The Hearers" as a story idea. Hmmmm.
Have a great weekend!