Humming Your Way to Health

Updated on July 31, 2020
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Audrey Hunt, a renowned vocal coach, shares valuable information for singing like a professional. Learn how to improve your present voice.

Vocalist monitors vibrations felt during humming.
Vocalist monitors vibrations felt during humming. | Source

How To Hum To Reap The Benefits

Put your lips together gently and hum a sound. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Check for the following:

  • Make sure the lips are barely touching to help you to feel light vibrations.
  • The teeth should be apart.
  • The tongue must lay flat in the bed of the mouth and relaxed.
  • The vibrations will be felt mostly in the upper lip. You may also experience a buzzing feeling in areas around the mouth. (Teeth, hard palate, forehead or top of the head.) This is what you want.
  • If the vibrations extend throughout the nasal area and even in the cheeks give yourself a pat-on-the-back.
  • You are humming correctly. Continue humming and notice how the busy self-talk stops.
  • If you fail to feel any buzzing or vibrations, you are holding too much tension in your lips. Relax the neck head and shoulder areas. Now, try it again.

Humming is as easy and natural as breathing. At times we aren't even aware we're humming. Children will often be found humming while at play. Our feline friends will purr when contented and the sound of a musical hum can indicate that we're happy, contented, or even in a state of bliss.

But hold on - I have some astounding news for you. Humming is loaded with health benefits. Stay with me and I'll have you humming your way to health and loving it!

Path Of Nasal Airflow - Sinuses

Path of nasal airflow shown by arrows.
Path of nasal airflow shown by arrows. | Source

Sinus Problems And Humming

To keep the sinuses healthy and free from infection, the air flow must be smooth between the sinus and nasal cavity. One of the best ways to do this is to hum. Whether you hum along to your favorite song as you drive down the road or during meditation, it's all effective. The results will be the same. They help to stimulate the entire sinus and nasal cavity area.

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine put their researchers to work comparing airflow in people when they hummed and when they quietly exhaled. What they were looking for was to see if humming led to greater numbers of exhaled nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas produced in the sinuses. It was found that nitric oxides rose 15-fold during humming.

Make it a daily habit to do some humming and help those sinus cavities.

Another way to help clear the sinuses is by tapping. Using your fingertips, gently apply a tapping to specific sinus areas followed by sliding the fingers down over the cheek and into the front of the neck area.

The following video demonstrates how to do this.

Introducing Tapping

A Better Voice Using Good Vibrations

Do you realize that your body is a musical instrument? Like all musical instruments, vibrations travel throughout your body. A vibration is a rapid back-and-forth movement. Vibrations can be changed to alter the pitch of the sound we make.

The ideal voice is rich and full. The vocal sound is well-projected and each word is easy to understand. When you are feeling the vibrations caused by sound waves, these vibrations move up into your nasal or sinus area and amplify your voice.

The speed of vibration is measured by frequency. Frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz.) It's the frequency of vibration that determines the pitch of the sound we make. The faster the vibration, the higher the pitch. This is why singers require more air, inhalation, for higher sounds.

Your vocal folds (cords) can vibrate faster than 1000 Hertz or 1000 vibrations per second. In speech a typical adult male will have a fundamental frequency from 85 to 180 Hz while the adult female will have a frequency of 165 to 255 Hz.

Good vocal training begins with properly executed humming exercises. Humming helps the vocal chords to resonate freely which is basic to good singing.

Humming Affects The Sinus Cavities

The sinus areas.
The sinus areas. | Source

What About Om Chanting?

A pilot MRI study (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) was done concerning the sensation of vibrations experienced during OM chanting. Results indicated that when using OM, which involves humming, significantly reduced activity in certain areas of the brain associated with depression.


Humming Brings These Surprising Health Benefits

You may find the following health benefits surprising when you gently hum your favorite song.


  • Calms and soothes us.
  • Dissolves stress.
  • Grounds us.
  • Quiets the mind.
  • Slows down your breathing.
  • Helps to induce sleep.
  • Lowers blood pressure in just 5 minutes..
  • Creates a wonderful circuit of energy
  • Helps us to focus.
  • Helps sinus problems. The vibrations decrease blockages in the sinus area.
  • When you hum, the muscles in the face, neck, head and shoulders relax.
  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system (triggers relaxation response in the body.)
  • Helps reduce unproductive thinking and negativity.
  • Reduces fear and worry.

And don't forget how humming to a crying baby will put them right to sleep.

Humming Into A Microphone

Keep the lips relaxed with the teeth apart when humming.  Be aware of where the vibrations are felt.
Keep the lips relaxed with the teeth apart when humming. Be aware of where the vibrations are felt. | Source

How Humming Helps Singing

Good singers realize the importance of relaxed face muscles and warm up their voices beginning with humming. If tension exists in the face and tongue, the tone will also have tension. This will ruin a singer's voice and the sound will lack richness and power.

One of the very best vocal warm ups for singers is humming. Wake up the voice by humming an "M" sound followed by "N", and "ing".

  • Vibrations will be felt in the lip and nasal area when sustaining "M."
  • During the "N" sound, vibrations will be directed to the hard palate (roof of the mouth) and the tongue.
  • As you sustain the "ng" during the "ing" position, pay attention to the vibrations located across the hard palate and nasal areas. This is a great way to learn how to bring the tone forward, keeping it from coming from the back of the throat.

Note: When humming a long note, be sure the pitch is easy and comfortable. Choose a tone that is easy to sing - not too high or too low.

The first few times you try these humming exercises the vibrations may feel weak. This is an indication that you're holding too much tension or the intake of air needs to be increased (inhalation.) Also, you probably aren't quite sure of what the vibrations should feel like.

Give it time. Keep practicing. It will all come together sooner than you think.

Meditation And Humming

Humming is a vital part of meditation.  It quiets the mind and brings clarity.
Humming is a vital part of meditation. It quiets the mind and brings clarity. | Source

Meditation, Humming And Health

Dr. David Simon of Sharp Cabrillo Hospital, San Diego has this to say about humming: "Humming meditations have measurable physiologic effects. The sounds release healing agents in the body."

Humming brings us directly to our inner room of peace and serenity as it quiets the mind. Make it a practice to cover your ears as you hum. This will intensify and magnify the hum as it flows through your head and your body.

Humming is an old Tibetan technique which sometimes goes on for 10-15 minutes. Try stepping away from your computer. Sit or lay in a comfortable and relaxed position with the eyes closed and start humming. Focus on your sound and breath.

After 10-15 minutes you will feel refreshed, re-energized and able to concentrate more fully.

Humming promotes clarity of thinking by refreshing your mind. You can physically feel the vibration of the “hum” clear out the cobwebs.

Summary For Humming Your Way To Health

Our voice carries healing energy to both mind and body when we hum. What an amazing and wonderful thing this is. Humming can be done almost anywhere. Make it a habit to "feel" for the vibrations in the "mask" area, especially across the bridge of the nose, in the cheeks and below the eyes. Please remember to avoid judging your humming sound. This will disrupt the positive vibrations needed for healing.

Here are the benefits of humming therapy:

  • Helps to keep the sinuses healthy and free from infection.
  • Used as a vocal warm-up for better singing.
  • Relaxes the body and mind.
  • Brings us directly to our inner room of peace and serenity.
  • Reduces fear and worry.
  • Keeps us grounded.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Helps us focus.
  • Triggers a relaxation response.
  • Reduces unproductive thinking.
  • Induces sleep.

Covering your ears greatly intensifies and magnifies the sensation of the hum flowing through your head and body.

Whether you hum a favorite song or sustain just one note, the results will be the same. Humming lives inside you so use it often.

"God sings, we hum along, and there are many melodies, but it's all one song - one same, wonderful human song." Mitch Albom

Enya Humming Song

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Questions & Answers

  • Does humming have the same benefits as singing?

    Humming does not replace singing, however, it's considered to be a good beginning warm up. Ten minutes a day for singing is not enough practice. Working on vocal technique requires enough time to practice each skill.

© 2015 Audrey Hunt


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    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.


      How nice to hear from you. I appreciate your comments and agree with your thoughts about humming. Stay safe and thank you.

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      3 weeks ago

      I'm convinced that humming the right way for the right reason is very beneficial for one's well being . We all need help in finding calmness and peace and what a wonderful world this would be if everyone was humming in a very happy mood.. PEACE

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.


      Thanks for your comment. Make humming a habit and give it sone time to help. Also, check out the references listed below my article. Consider adding diaphragmatic breathing to your routine.

      I wish you the best!

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      Wayne Giesbrecht 

      2 months ago

      This sounds interesting, I'm wanting to lower my blood pressure without medication, sleep better, reduce negative thinking, be at rest.

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      S P Austen 

      17 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Aaah, thanks again, Audrey! I appreciate that and you've made my day too!

      Best Wishes,

      S.P. Austen (Steve)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Getting a thumbs up from someone with so much knowledge on this topic absolutely makes my day! As I read your article, "Three Essential Yoga Postures", my motivation for returning to yoga became ignited.

      Your writing blends education with inspiration, making your hubs a perfect read.

      Thank you for reading my article and taking the time to comment.

      I love this:

      "One of the greatest benefits is how the AUM and humming can help to re-set the emotional part of the brain, the amygdala and hypothalamus."

      Thanks, again.


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      S P Austen 

      17 months ago from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

      Hello Audrey,

      I loved this article! As someone who has meditated for over 40 years, using the AUM mantra, etc, I fully appreciate how humming can positively affect the mind, emotions and even the physical body.

      There is so much depth to humming that the glib reader might not comprehend the importance of sound vibrations such as this resonating throughout the body.

      One of the greatest benefits is how the AUM and humming can help to re-set the emotional part of the brain, the amygdala and hypothalamus.

      A wonderful and very inspiring article that has reminded me to Hum regularly!

      Best Wishes,

      S.P. Austen

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Constance

      Thanks for sharing m thoughts about humming. And just keep humming away!

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      Constance Kidd Wadlington 

      3 years ago

      I, totally, agree with this article. My husband finds it humorous that I hum all the time. I love the benefits and peacefulness that I feel.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mariam Motts

      Hi there. So nice to see you and to read your comments. Humming is beneficial in so many ways. It relaxes the body and mind, brings clarity and does wonders for our singing voice.

      Thanks Mriam and hope to see you soon.


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      Miriam Motts 

      3 years ago

      Excellent and interesting articel. I use to hum, but got away from it, and as I've aged I've noticed a change in voice and was looking for something to help strengthen it.

      I took music and voice many years ago and slowly I quit doing it as much and I had forgotten how relaxing it is

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.


      Glad you found mu article about humming helpful. Sorry that your links were deleted but links are now allowed. Keep on singing and when you have time be sure to read my other articles on singing.



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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hello Comet Ma

      To answer your question - Everyone is different, however, studies show that the most effective results occur when humming is done on a daily basis and throughout the day. Being a vocal coach I hum often throughout the day about 30-60 seconds each time. Some days I hum as many as 8 times with an hour or so between each humming session.


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      Comet Ma 

      4 years ago

      How many minutes a day should a person hum to clear up sinus problems? Should there be breaks between daily humming episodes?

      Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you rajan for finding my hub about humming useful. I appreciate your sharing on facebook. When humming the mantra OM, we can feel the resonating (vibration) easily - especially when the lips are relaxed without tension.

      Peace and joy to you and yours.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very useful information. I now know the right way to hum. It certainly makes more areas to vibrate when done the right way. Of course, I did know that humming the mantra OM did reduce stress and give a sense of peace and tranquility but so many health benefits of humming I never knew. Thanks for sharing, Audrey.

      Shared on facebook.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Glenn - About 80 % of people have a misalignment to their nasal septum and don't know it.The most common symptom of a deviated septum is nasal congestion, with one side of the nose being more congested than the other, along with difficulty breathing. Humming has been shown to help open the sinus passages.

      You were either born with a deviated septum or it occurred after an injury. I'm very happy to hear that your humming helped. Thanks so much Glenn. All my best,,,


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      Glenn Stok 

      4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Wow! I'm really glad I read your hub, Audrey. I tried humming while I was reading it and I could definitely feel my sinuses opening up. I have a deviated septum and that causes stuffiness sometimes. But the humming actually helps. Thanks for writing about this and explaining the proper way to hum. I realize I was actually doing it wrong all my life.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      m Abdullah javed

      So nice to see you here. Your nice comments make me smile. Thank you for finding my hub interesting and inspiring. I'm on my way to your hubs.


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      muhammad abdullah javed 

      4 years ago

      Interesting and inspiring Audrey, i never knew such a beneficial aspects of humming, thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      AudreyHowitt - Thank you my beautiful friend. I appreciate your support.

      DeborahNeyens - Well...uh...gee, I don't know what to say. But I give you credit for reading my hub and commenting. Thanks my friend.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      Interesting. Truthfully, humming drives me crazy. But maybe I should just relax and join in! : )

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Still loving this Audrey!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Pamela - Thank you for leaving such interesting comments. Very nice to hear. Glad you enjoyed the videos. Your sinuses will thank you for the humming. Big thanks for pinning, tweeting and sharing. Have a wonderful day my friend.

      Good morning Peggy. It really makes me happy when I find that my hub brings new information to the reader. Thanks for sharing this with me. Happy that you enjoyed the videos too. You are so kind to give my hub up votes and to pin, share and tweet. Keep humming my friend.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is true that humming is generally associated with being happy. I had no idea that it could also help the sinuses. Will be doing more of it! Enjoyed both videos you included. Up votes, pinning to my health board and will share and tweet.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This was certainly news to me. I do hum or sing along with the radio or CD's quite often. I hum because I am not a very gifted singer! I never knew it would help my sinus problems, so I will certainly hum more often now. This was an awesome article.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hello my friend. You live a life fill of joy Chitrangada! Your thoughts are positive and surrounded by love. The vibrations that are released through your humming fill the universe and make it a better place for us all.

      Thank you for your kind support and for sharing. Peace and light go with you. Audrey

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub!

      I completely agree with your views in this hub. Humming makes us so content and pleasing. And it happens spontaneously in my case, whenever I am really happy within my heart. And that is most of the times in the day.

      Lovely hub, so encouraging. Thanks for sharing and voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you Docmo for your comments. As an expert in your professional field I am thrilled to hear this. Blessings and peace to you and yours.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      Great advice that is backed by scientific basis, Audrey. I can see the physical and psychological benefits of humming and chanting. As I was brought up in a Hindu household chanting and humming are part of the prayers and meditation. I can heartily recommend both.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      ahorseback - Ha, ha, ha!!! You are too funny Ed. No, I won't take care of the bail but I will provide you with some lessons. And with some of the exercises I give you (like barking) you will probably be escorted to freedom in no time.

      Thank you Audrey for this link, Wow! Didn't know about the nitrous oxide. No wonder I smile so much :)

      Hi Nell - Just love this comparison which indeed makes purrrfect sense.


      pstraubie48 - What a good question! Humming doesn't replace singing, but it certainly helps us to locate and feel the same vibrations we feel in humming as we do in singing. I would do a few minutes of humming prior to singing. Then sing away!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      This makes so much sense. Music just is uplifting so why would humming not be a wonderful thing for us to do. I do have a question...if you would rather sing (while you drive down the highway) than hum, will that yield equally good effects?

      Thanks for sharing I am always intrigued at how much more there is to know about music.

      Angels are on the way to you this early morning hour ps

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Audrey. Great article-did you know that humming increases the production of nitrous oxide in the body--makes us all a bit happier! Take a look at

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mary - I love your comments and knowing that you have a history of humming. Bravo! Thanks dear lady. I appreciate your sharing and voting up.


      tillsontitan - How funny that you thought that little old lady was crazy because she hummed all the time. :) And I'm privileged to be your vocal coach! A book? Well, I'm actually giving it some serious thought and thanks!



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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi, I remember reading when cats purr it helps their health, and humming is similar to purring so yes it makes puuurrrrfect sense! lol!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Willstarr - Where is mu 2 million dollars? :)

      MartieCoester - It really is amazing. Humming is still be tested further for even more benefits to the body. Thanks my friend.

      Sunshine625 - Oh, I really empathize with you and sinus problems. Mine started when I was three years old. Maybe we could hum a duet?

      Vellur - Great to know you are a hummer! So many benefits for your mind and body. Thanks my friend.

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      5 years ago

      Hey Vocalady ! - Oh my Gosh , I pushed the funny button too ! Why ? Because when I hum , sing in the shower , or in the complete privacy of my pick- up truck ----: I do so with the fear of being instantly and totally legally arrested!..........! Now , here's the question - are you going to front the bail ? .....I didn't think so . LOL.!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Nellianna - What a joy it is to read your lovely words! I must thank Mike for sharing my hub on FB. I hope your life is full and wonderful. Thank you dear one.


      marcoujor - I'm not surprised that humming is natural and pleasant for you. Humming is associated with compassionate, loving people like you Maria.

      Be safe, live in joy and blessed peace. Sending hugs and my love.


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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      This is really quite fascinating. I had not realized the many benefits of humming until now. I am a voice actor and sometimes I hum to help clear my throat, but I had not considered the additional benefits that humming has on my mind. It really does clear negative self-talk and readily prepares me for the task at hand.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Now I feel so guilty about thinking that little old lady who hummed all the time was crazy (when I was a child). Seriously good to know Audrey. I feel sorry for all those people out there that don't have a personal vocal coach.

      I'm with Bill, book!

      Voted all but funny, shared and Google+

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Yes, I hum! I remember hearing my Mother hum as she went about her housework. I hummed to all four of my children as I rocked them to sleep, and I have meditated for years, and do the Om.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Humming makes me happy and now I have an excellent reason to hum. Great hub interesting and informative.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      tobusiness - You are so right. Humming is ancient and science is just catching up. :) Thank you so much!

      Genna East - I use OM humming too for the same reason. Works every time. Very happy to hear you liked this hub. Enya always makes me relax. I love her music. Take care my friend and thank you.


      shanmarie - How nice your comments are. I know just what you mean about the song being unimportant. Just the act of humming will relax us. Thanks so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.


      Thanks for your sweet comments. I have a big smile on my face. So glad you've pickef up some new information. I love humming and it can be done anytime. Hugs

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      denise.w.anderson - It really is quite amazing what simple humming can do for the mind and body. Glad you enjoyed this.

      mcbirdbks - Hi Mike. Glad you're humming along to this great tune by one of my favorite groups. Thanks.

      travmaj - Well thank you! Your comments have put a smile on my face today!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Very useful and informative hub. Mankind have been humming children to sleep since time immemorial, those old wives were way ahead of science. :)

      Excellent hub, well done. Voted up and sharing.

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      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Wow Audrey, What a hubful of new information to me. Never thought of my body as a musical instrument - I love this word picture.

      The health benefits of humming makes perfect sense as it quiets the mind and relaxes the body.

      I had to practice a bit to feel the vibrations but eventually, using your direction, I got it! :)

      You always write such useful articles Audrey. I appreciate your writing skill and YOU as a person. Have a wonderful day friend!



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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      bravewarrior - Thank you Sha. I enjoy hearing how you use humming in your life. I sure hope it will help you to fall asleep. If it doesn't seem to do the trick, have you tried OTC melatonin? I've been worried lately about my sister's health which takes a toll on my sleep. I take 2 melatonin an hour before bedtime and go right to sleep.

      I love nice people and you are one of the nicest.


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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      ThelmaC - It was meant to be! I love your comments and learning that this very topic was on your mind. I'm riding high now!

      I, myself, have been humming/meditating more than usual after learning that my sister has dementia. When I talk to her on the phone, I barely recognize her and she can't complete even one sentence.

      Humming relaxes my mind and releases the mental burden I carry. I needed to hear your wonderful comments.

      Thank you,


      Misfit Chick - I'm so happy to see you here. Very glad that you are diving into humming regularly. Thank you and enjoy your day.

      Ventkatachari M - Yes, humming is indeed a joy. Glad you learned more about the health benefits of humming. Thanks for your vote and for sharing.


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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent article, Audrey. I use the OM humming technique to relieve stress, which has been especially helpful during this trying winter. Enya is such a favorite of mine. Thank you for this helpful, wonderful hub! :-)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      tamirogers - I hope these humming exercises will truly help your sinus problems. Let me know. Thanks.

      alwaysexploring - A big smile appeared on my face when you let me know that you were humming all the while you were reading this hub. I remember the scene in the movie when she first began her meditating and how empowering it all was for her. Our bodies, in most cases, can heal itself and I love knowing this.

      Thank you for enjoying my hub and the videos. I really appreciate your tweeting this Ruby. Take care of yourself my friend. You are one special lady!


      FlourishAnyway - Thank you for your delightful comments. I'm so glad you've accepted humming throughout the years. I expect that we will learn that there are even more benefits for humming during the day. Take care. Audrey

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Very interesting! I don't doubt a word of it. I know that singing will calm me when I feel my blood pressure rising or just need to feel more relaxed and centered. The song is not even necessarily important. So humming makes so much sense.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm about to get to humming! My sinuses thank you and so do I. My allergies are so bad now...which effects my sinuses. I sing more than hum, now I could annoy my family with humming! :)

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Audrey, wow! I never knew humming has so many benefits. I am sharing this hub with my daughter. Thanks for all the inspiring information.

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      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      See? This is why I never miss a Vocal Coach Hub!

      And where is your "Anyone Can Sing' national franchise?

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wonderful information on a practice that comes very naturally for me, dear Audrey.

      Enya is gorgeous - so are you. Love and hugs, Maria

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      I truly love this, Audrey. It makes nothing but sense, and what a lovely way to improve one's whole being. I am going to forward this hub link to a friend who will certainly appreciate it, too! Thank you for sharing it. And thank Mike Friedman for sharing it on FB!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Just Ask Susan

      Humming does have so many benefits. Studies are showing more positive reasons for humming with each new experiment. Isn't it wonderful how our own body can heal itself? Thanks Susan.

      Hi Eric - Great to hear from you and to know you'll be humming your way to health. Thanks.

      Jackie - Yes, you can lift a blue mood instantly with a little humming. Thanks so much!

      Hello Suzette - I'm so glad you found my hub on humming educational. That's just what I hoped for. Glad you're a hummer!

      billybuc - Good! Just what I need to hear. Now, if I can just finish the intro. :)



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      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Audrey - I am humming along with the Beach Boys - One og my favorite songs

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      5 years ago from australia

      You write the most pleasant and informative hubs. Thank you. I had never thought of humming and healing but it makes so much sense. I'm a regular hummingbird today.

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      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! I never realized the great benefits that a little bit of humming can do for a person! It sounds like a smart thing to do!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I hum without realizing it. If I'm doing something that I've put on automatic pilot, I sing to the radio. If I need to think, I hum. However, I had no idea that humming is healing. I'll have to try it the next time I have difficulty falling asleep.

      Awesome hub, Audrey!

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      Venkatachari M 

      5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow! Great factor. Humming is pleasant and joyful. This much I know. But there are so many health benefits. It's great to know. Thanks for sharing it.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Catherine Mostly 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      What a great article - thanks so much for all the info! Humming... I will probably be more likely to do that than I have been at using my treadmill, ha!

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      I love this hub! It is such a coincidence that I realized I was humming this morning when I was in the shower and I remembered reading something a long time ago about the benefits of humming. I made a mental note to research it and now, lo and behold, tonight while hopping some hubs I ran across this. Enjoyed reading it very much.

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      5 years ago from USA

      I'm all for it, Audrey, and it's great to know there are residual benefits. I sure could've used it when my child was a screaming infant. The vacuum and dishwasher helped. I don't recall humming, but that's when I learned to sing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great Audrey. I've been meditating using the OM since the movie, ' What's love got to do with it. ' and it's a wonderful way to relax and feel peace within. I was unaware about humming. I've been doing it all through your hub and it's amazing! I will add humming daily. I enjoyed the Beach Boys, haven't heard that song in years. The humming video was relaxing. Thank you for another great hub. Tweeted.

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      Tami Rogers 

      5 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Great hub! I have sinus problems and found it very interesting. I will be humming much more!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And just like that, another chapter of your book is written. Isn't this fun, writing a book? :)



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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article on the healthy benefits of humming. Thanks for informing us the correct way to hum. I found this very educational. I find music in general and humming and singing specifically to be an energy booster and psychological booster. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us and I am humming as I am writing this. LOL!

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great article on the healthy benefits of humming. Thanks for informing us the correct way to hum. I found this very educational. I find music in general and humming and singing specifically to be an energy booster and psychological booster. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us and I am humming as I am writing this. LOL!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from the beautiful south

      Makes a lot of sense. I hum when I am happy. Now I will try to remember to hum to make me happy!

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really a fine hub. I will definitely hum more - starting now.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow I had no idea that humming was good for our health. I hum all the time. I think I drive my husband crazy sometimes and don't even realize that I'm walking around cleaning and humming at the same time. Great hub!


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