posted on Mar, 28 2009 @ 05:10 PM
When I was a kid, up to about age 12, my hearing was literally in the ultrasonic range — I could hear ultrasonic motion detectors and
burglar alarms, for instance, which are designed to function beyond the range of human hearing.
Now, understand, I grew up on a ranch in Texas and handled firearms all of my life; but somehow, up until the age of 13, I had never suffered any
injury to my ears. However, at about the age of 13, I received my first Marlin 30.30 lever action rifle, which I immediately cleaned and took out to
our gun range to break it in.
I don't know what it was — bizarre acoustics, an oddly-loaded cartridge maybe — but the first shot out of the Marlin was like a concussion
grenade. Ruptured both of my eardrums on the first shot. I was deaf for the rest of the day, had horrible headaches for about a week,
and my hearing never returned to normal.
Instead, I was rewarded with perpetual tinnitus in two different tones — a different tone in each ear. I haven't known true silence
for the last 36 years. The whining, ringing din is constant, 24-7-365.
However, many years after my accident, one day I was out on the fenceline and realized that I could hear (and feel) these very deep, rhythmic,
rumbling vibrations coming from... well, I didn't know. I thought maybe it was very distant thunder at first, but it was too rhythmic for that.
Finally, after about 5 minutes of listening to this noise growing louder, I saw my brother coming over the hill about a mile away in his pickup
Sure enough, as the truck drew nearer, the rumble grew louder and louder until my head was positively vibrating. This was really puzzling to me,
because it suggested that I had initially heard (and felt) the truck engine revving from a considerable distance, maybe 3 or 4 miles away.
Over the years that followed, I came to accept the fact that I had lost my ultrasonic hearing and a portion of my normal-range hearing, but that I
could now hear very low frequency noises (such as internal combustion engines and industrial sounds) at extraordinary distances. I
found that I could even identify the make and model of automobiles that only came into view another five minutes later, based on the rhythmic
rumbling of their engines.
On the extreme end of my VLF ability, I've heard/felt seismic rumblings of minor quakes up to about 300 miles away, and on a couple of occasions
I've heard/felt tornado activity up to about 100 miles away, more than an hour before the heavy weather threatened my area.
I've always wanted to take my VLF ability out to the Four Corners area of the American Southwest, where I've heard there is some sort of
mystery low frequency rumble that troubles the locals on occasion. Haven't made it to that locale just yet, am looking forward to it.
— Doc Velocity