Continuous high-pitched noise -- what is it?

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  1. thirtythree

    thirtythree Diamond Member

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    So for the past week or so I've heard this continuous (24/7), very subtle (but very annoying when trying to sleep) high-pitched noise in my apartment. I can hear it best in my bedroom (by a window) and my bathroom (towards the inside of my building). I live above, below, and next to others. I tried shutting off all the breakers and it was still there. It sounds like an electrical buzz or perhaps a distant generator or engine. I can't really hear it outside, but that could be due to all the distracting noises. I know it's a long shot, but any ideas? Any tricks for learning to love annoying noises?

    Download the sound here. I can hear it with my headphones turned all the way up, though there's some background noise too.
     
  2. SoulAssassin

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    How the * are we supposed to know if you're there and can't tell what it is?
     
  3. jonks

    jonks Lifer

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    ROTFL
     
  4. Agentbolt

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    Maybe it's tumor.
     
  5. funkymatt

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    probably the monitors set up to view the cameras placed in the air ducts.
     
  6. thirtythree

    thirtythree Diamond Member

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    You're supposed to give me ideas, duh. Then I can investigate.

    Besides, I said it was a long shot.
     
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    I put old CRT TV's around your place. You're going to go crazy. Mauhahahaha
     
  8. AlienCraft

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    It's called tiinitus and it's yours to keep.
     
  9. thirtythree

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    Or I'll just have to keep wearing ear plugs every night...
     
  10. drinkmorejava

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    Could be Tinnitus and you're only noticing it in quiet places.
     
  11. randay

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    flyback transformer; in a TV. on a utility pole. in someones homemade singing tesla coil. in the cancerous growth between your left eyeball and your right eyeball.
     
  12. tm37

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    They actually have treatment now

    It works for some.
     
  13. gamepad

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    You have tinnitus and it's bothering you.
     
  14. SoulAssassin

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    Me nailing Jessica Alba is a long shot...this is the freak from Goonies getting a 4 way w Alba, Angelina and Keyra Augustina.
     
  15. thirtythree

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    If it was tinnitus, wouldn't I hear it with ear plugs on too? I'm pretty sure it's not, but I'm about to go to work... I'll try to find a quiet place there and see if I hear anything.
     
  16. jonks

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    There's a small insect, generally burrows into the mattress and lays dormant, but occasionaly one becomes restless and begins to ascend to the surface. As they rise to the top they begin to emit a mating call that humans perceive as a high pitched buzzing. Careful, because the female lays her fertilized eggs in sleeping humans.
     
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    is there a power pole outside your window? or a street light? those ones that reset themselves when starting to wear down make a noise similar. i can hear them start and stop all the time. electrical gear would vibrate enough to hear inside if it was close to your windows, but not necessarily be audible outside near it, since it vibrates thru the ground. if the components are failing inside it could possibly get louder over time. maybe the lonely college coed chick next door is trying out new toys? by far the best one to investigate first.
     
  19. daveshel

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    The listening government's listening devices have malfunctioned and are feeding back.
     
  20. KMurphy

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    magnetostriction
     
  21. 1sikbITCH

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    Are you married? That would certainly explain an annoying high pitched whine. The only way to learn to love it is lots of alcohol :beer:
     
  22. potato28

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    Its a bomb, call bomb squad immediately and get the whole area checked.
     
  23. ranmaniac

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    Gilbert Gottfried
     
  24. thirtythree

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    My neighbor's a middle-aged man, but it's worth a try...
     
  25. AlienCraft

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    Oh yeah, there's always that possibility.