Acomb couple sound off over strange buzzing noise

Paul and Keiko Croft, with some of the equipment they are using to monitor a nuisance noise at their home in Clay Place, Acomb

Paul and Keiko Croft, with some of the equipment they are using to monitor a nuisance noise at their home in Clay Place, Acomb

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

A couple say they have been plagued with ill health since they noticed a mysterious buzzing sound in their York home.

Paul Croft, 61, and his wife Keiko, 48, say they have not had a single full night’s sleep since December, when they first noticed the sound in Clay Place, Gale Lane, Acomb.

Paul said: “We had been on holiday and when we came back on December 7 my wife heard a buzzing sound, but it wasn’t too bad and we could still get to sleep. Then, three days later, we heard this wave sound.”

He describes it as a quiet buzzing which switches on and off every few seconds. During the day it is drowned out by road noise, but at night the noise becomes intrusive.

Paul said: “When your head is on the pillow you hear it even more. We have been switching from room to room to try and get away from the noise, but we have only been getting about an hour’s sleep and it is getting us down.”

The Crofts have contacted City of York Council’s noise pollution teams who have left monitoring devices in their home. The Environmental Protection Unit is now analysing recordings made at the house, and is due to visit at night to listen to the noise.

Paul, a former telephone engineer, has his own theories about what is behind it. He says four mobile phone transmitters close to their house could be responsible, especially as they were due to start transmitting 4G signal soon.

About four months ago a power surge blew out a joint in the mains supply very close to their home, and Paul believes the electricity supply could be behind the disturbance.

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10:58am Sat 11 Jan 14

Bad magic says...

I was wondering how far down the article I would have to read before mobile phone mast fruitloopery came into play.
I was wondering how far down the article I would have to read before mobile phone mast fruitloopery came into play. Bad magic
  • Score: 28

4:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

baldiebiker says...

rampant rabbit?????????????
rampant rabbit????????????? baldiebiker
  • Score: 60

10:51pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Teabag1 says...

Must be pretty annoying, have they checked there neibours haven't got one of them pest control thingy Bobby's that release a sound only cats/rats etc can here as you can put them on all diffrent frequencys.
Must be pretty annoying, have they checked there neibours haven't got one of them pest control thingy Bobby's that release a sound only cats/rats etc can here as you can put them on all diffrent frequencys. Teabag1
  • Score: 6

11:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

akaroa says...

The council environmental dept is about as much use as an ash tray on motor bike. If it isn't overtly obvious, ie loud music etc. they are completely lost They are a complete waste of taxpayers money, a total waste of space.
The council environmental dept is about as much use as an ash tray on motor bike. If it isn't overtly obvious, ie loud music etc. they are completely lost They are a complete waste of taxpayers money, a total waste of space. akaroa
  • Score: -20

12:06am Sun 12 Jan 14

sep8ball says...

must be like the noise that i hear when the missus has an early night, can't figure out what it is!
must be like the noise that i hear when the missus has an early night, can't figure out what it is! sep8ball
  • Score: 50

4:30am Sun 12 Jan 14

keepitshut says...

akaroa wrote:
The council environmental dept is about as much use as an ash tray on motor bike. If it isn't overtly obvious, ie loud music etc. they are completely lost They are a complete waste of taxpayers money, a total waste of space.
And your theory is?
[quote][p][bold]akaroa[/bold] wrote: The council environmental dept is about as much use as an ash tray on motor bike. If it isn't overtly obvious, ie loud music etc. they are completely lost They are a complete waste of taxpayers money, a total waste of space.[/p][/quote]And your theory is? keepitshut
  • Score: 0

8:56am Sun 12 Jan 14

hikerman says...

Sounds like tinnitus to me see your doctor not the council environmental dept it will take them months and at the end they will say we haven't a clue.
Sounds like tinnitus to me see your doctor not the council environmental dept it will take them months and at the end they will say we haven't a clue. hikerman
  • Score: -5

2:56pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Loollah says...

I wonder if it's occurred to them that it could be an electrical appliance in their home? If there was a power surge a few months ago it could have caused a problem with a large appliance such as the fridge and that is emitting the humming sounds. If it's something on the floor or against the wall it would make sense that the sound could travel which is why they hear it even louder when they are laying in bed! It would make more sense than the telephone masts nearby unless their neighbours are experiencing the same problem!
I wonder if it's occurred to them that it could be an electrical appliance in their home? If there was a power surge a few months ago it could have caused a problem with a large appliance such as the fridge and that is emitting the humming sounds. If it's something on the floor or against the wall it would make sense that the sound could travel which is why they hear it even louder when they are laying in bed! It would make more sense than the telephone masts nearby unless their neighbours are experiencing the same problem! Loollah
  • Score: 5

9:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

baldiebiker wrote:
rampant rabbit?????????????
Funnily enough the same two words popped into my head as soon as I saw this :D

This couple should be like "Well if you can't beat 'em... join 'em!"
[quote][p][bold]baldiebiker[/bold] wrote: rampant rabbit?????????????[/p][/quote]Funnily enough the same two words popped into my head as soon as I saw this :D This couple should be like "Well if you can't beat 'em... join 'em!" Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -2

10:12pm Sun 12 Jan 14

bolero says...

There's the answer. It's Buzzz Light-year.
There's the answer. It's Buzzz Light-year. bolero
  • Score: 1

11:37pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Yorkie-Clifton says...

This is a serious matter -- I also have experienced this over a number of years off and on . I have blamed a local Garage but it is no longer there . A Mystery but so disturbing when you head hits the pillow . I hope you get it sorted .. SOON .
This is a serious matter -- I also have experienced this over a number of years off and on . I have blamed a local Garage but it is no longer there . A Mystery but so disturbing when you head hits the pillow . I hope you get it sorted .. SOON . Yorkie-Clifton
  • Score: 3

11:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Yorkshire Soph says...

instead of room hopping have they not thought to try the great invention called earplugs?!
instead of room hopping have they not thought to try the great invention called earplugs?! Yorkshire Soph
  • Score: -2

4:09am Mon 13 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Is there a substation nearby?
Generally, buzzing that is loud enough to disturb sleep comes from high power devices. I have known of people that became aware of a buzzing sound, and they lived in a street-facing terraced house, turned out the street light attached to the wall between them and the neighbours had recently been replaced, and the magnetic ballast inside was buzzing which then transferred through the wall bracket and into the fabric of the building (this wasn't in York by the way).

If it was just a very low level, medium to high pitch buzzing, I would have suggested it might be a Sky box or similar... but I think it's wise to backtrack and think of anything that might have been changed recently: appliances, electrical circuits, powered street furniture, etc.
Is there a substation nearby? Generally, buzzing that is loud enough to disturb sleep comes from high power devices. I have known of people that became aware of a buzzing sound, and they lived in a street-facing terraced house, turned out the street light attached to the wall between them and the neighbours had recently been replaced, and the magnetic ballast inside was buzzing which then transferred through the wall bracket and into the fabric of the building (this wasn't in York by the way). If it was just a very low level, medium to high pitch buzzing, I would have suggested it might be a Sky box or similar... but I think it's wise to backtrack and think of anything that might have been changed recently: appliances, electrical circuits, powered street furniture, etc. Magicman!
  • Score: 5

8:02am Mon 13 Jan 14

MrsHoney says...

There is a droning noise in Acomb that's very annoying, some nights it's louder than others and has kept me awake many times. At first I thought it was my tinnitus but if I go to the back of the house it's quiter. I wandered round the bedroom listening to electrical equipment but nothing was making the noise. However the other day we were outside and it was very loud, my husband and step son could hear it too. I've no idea what it is but it's bloody annoying! I wondered if it was something to do with the railway.
There is a droning noise in Acomb that's very annoying, some nights it's louder than others and has kept me awake many times. At first I thought it was my tinnitus but if I go to the back of the house it's quiter. I wandered round the bedroom listening to electrical equipment but nothing was making the noise. However the other day we were outside and it was very loud, my husband and step son could hear it too. I've no idea what it is but it's bloody annoying! I wondered if it was something to do with the railway. MrsHoney
  • Score: 5

10:06am Mon 13 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

Having seen a recent TV programme about humming sands in the Sahara and loud aerial moanings , nothing would surprise me.
Having seen a recent TV programme about humming sands in the Sahara and loud aerial moanings , nothing would surprise me. pedalling paul
  • Score: -3

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