Bill Beaty 1994

I've directly seen evidence that some people can 'hear' non-acoustic (radio) energy.

Around 1988 a woman came into the Museum of Science in Boston to track down a noise she heard "inside" her head during a public physics demonstration in years past.

She was currently suffering from unexplained loud noises in her head while at home, as well as headaches, loss of sleep, etc. She remembered experiencing something many years ago at the Museum of Science which had produced the same effect. Thus she hoped to get clues as to what might be plaguing her.

I was the head of the museum electronics department at the time. During conversation she described a physics demonstration in the Cahner's science theater which probably involved a tabletop VandeGraaff generator and other high-voltage devices. Along with Mike A. from theaters/demonstrations, I tried a number of devices to find out if she could "hear" them.

The offending energy sources turned out to be tabletop vacuum-tube tesla coils, as well as a large tesla coil "plasma sphere" and a plasma tube art object from artist Bill Parker called "Quiet Lightning;" a device driven by a HF linear amateur radio amplifier (it put out several hundred watts at around 3Mhz or so, if I recall correctly.)

All of these devices are silent, yet she could not tolerate the "noise" of being anywhere near them. For example, she had to stay about 15ft away from a tabletop vacuum tube tesla coil in order to avoid pain in her head.

We tried a double-blind test with the plasma spheres, and she still responded strongly to them even when they were hidden on the other side of a solid wall and none of us knew that they had been activated. In fact, she had to move far away from the wall, or the pain/noise she reported was intolerable. She described the effect as coming from inside her head, and as being different from normal sound.

It turned out that she was living in Framingham Mass., which I knew has a large Raytheon military communications experiment facility. If any town in Massachusetts is close to weird radio transmitters of all varieties, Framingham is the place. I recommended that she try shielding her bedroom with foam insulation panels which are covered with aluminum foil. This would block high frequency radio waves, though it wouldn't stop VLF/ELF frequencies. (I also told her to try an experiment: put a metal bucket on her head to see if it stopped the 'noise', but I don't know if she ever did this!)

It was interesting that her teenage daughter had the same apparent EM-detecting ability, although not the pain and headaches. The daughter reported that, as a child, she could sense any active television set at a distance and through walls. When outside a house, she could sense an operating TV set in the house, and had found that her playmates could not do this.

The scanning coils in television sets emit strong magnetic spike signals at 60Hz and 15.8KHz, as well as high voltage spike signals at 15.8KHz. Any wideband radio receiver should be able to sense a nearby TV in operation. The daughter's comments seem to be evidence that human RF-hearing ability is genetic rather than caused by things like amalgam dental fillings behaving as an accidental semiconducting rectifier.

Years later I read some recent research where iron particles were discovered to occur naturally in the human sphenoid bones, as well as microscopic bio-iron crystals in human brain tissue. Are human beings natural radio receivers? It would make sense if mammals have a compass in their brains to aid navigation. A microscopic compass can malfunction: it can be violently wiggled by radio waves, and perhaps this was the cause of the woman's troubles.


To anyone who suffers the same mysterious pain and noise as the woman above: first, verify that it's not sound (check whether it can be blocked by plugging your ears.) If not, then see if you can stop the noise with metal shielding. In other words, put a small television set inside a closed metal box and see if you can still "hear" the strange signals. Or ...put a bucket on your head. Seriously! Find a clean metal wastebasket, or cover a small cardboard box with aluminum foil. If placing this metal object over your head can reduce or stop the signals, then it strongly suggests that they ARE radio signals and not something else. It also means that you can make any room into a "radio quiet room" by covering the walls and ceiling with metal foil. A house might already by radio-quiet if it includes foil-covered foam panels as thermal insulation inside the walls.

Note that this thin foil shielding can only block high frequency signals such as AM/FM/Television and above. Low frequencies far below the AM radio band (called VLF or ELF) will go right through aluminum foil. In that case you'd need thick slabs of solid copper in order to block the radio waves.

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