Published: 00:01, 05 June 2016
A mum says she is reaching breaking point after a mysterious noise has left her unable to sleep properly for months.
Sarah Wilson says life at home in Queensway, Sheerness, has become unbearable with a low, droning sound keeping her awake.
The mum-of-two, who began to hear the humming in October, says she hasn’t had a full night’s sleep since.
She has even considered moving house.
She said: “At first it sounded like foundation piling being put in somewhere close to us but when I went to the council to complain they didn’t know anything about it.
“It’s not as loud as it was when it started but every day, from morning to night, I can still hear it.
“One night in December it was so strong I could feel my eyeball vibrate.
“The whole thing is really stressful. It wakes me up and then I can’t get back to sleep and I used to have to wear headphones just to block it out.”
Sarah says there is definitely a noise and it is not a medical problem.
Her husband Simon and two children haven’t been affected, but she feels other people will have.
The 45-year-old is now appealing for others who have heard it to come forward and help her find where it may be coming from.
She said: “Simon slept through the 1987 hurricane so I wasn’t really surprised when said he could only hear a slight rumble.
“I’m used to noise, but this is a different type, and I do not know where it comes from.
“A lot of people may not hear but feel the effect of it and may experience a vibration rather than a sound or suffer from anxiety at night.”
Sarah says her next step may be to employ a sound engineer to track down the source but fears she won’t be able to afford it.
According to research by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs it is estimated that between 20% and 30% of the population suffer from some sort of noise sensitivity and at least 10,000 people hear a hum.
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