An Interesting Discussion About Silence That I Found on Reddit

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ed209, Feb 14, 2016.

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    1. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

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      My interest was sparked by another thread discussing silence. I decided to see if I could find other people's descriptions of it as I have long forgotten what it is that we "hear" as silence. I found a discussion on Reddit amongst a bunch of normal people and found it fascinating. It really shows how many people have ringing and don't even mention it. A lot assume it's normal. I think the 10% figure that gets floated around may possibly be a little on the low side, mainly due to under reporting of tinnitus symptoms. Just talking to friends and family a while back was a shock, because a lot of people told me they had ringing too. Some were clearly quite bad as well. I've taken some quotes to list here but I'll add the link at the bottom. I recommend reading through it as the answers vary so much, it really shows the hidden world of people's personal perception of silence.

      Here's some quotes:

      "I didn't notice that I heard it. Now that you have pointed it out, that is all I can hear. Thanks."

      "This is exactly like when someone points out the crackling noise you hear when you swallow.

      You're welcome"

      "Or that your tongue is sitting uncomfortably in your mouth"

      "Everyone is suggesting Tinnitus, but does that mean that there are people who don't hear anything in silence?

      I have always heard a high-pitched noise, my entire life, and have talked about it with other people. I have never met anyone who didn't hear it. As far as I'm aware I've never met any of the criteria for "cuasing" Tinnitus.

      I've always just figured it was, like, the subtle electrical interference of your brain working, or something."

      "I've had this as long as I can remember and constantly. I don't listen to headphones or spend time in noisy environments. I can hear it now over the noise of my fan. I've heard it mentioned in literature (fiction), but can't remember specifically where. Seem to remember it described as an "open" signal

      For me it sometimes gets louder, but the pitch never changes.

      One thing I remembered: If I push my lower jaw back, the pitch goes up."

      "It is tinnitus. Everyone has it to some degree from the day they are born. The type of tinnitus you are thinking of is just a worsening of the ringing you naturally have so you can always hear it even when not in silence.

      Source: I had the worsened version for almost a year, it was very annoying..."

      "I strongly believe tinnitus is becoming the norm. I don't have a source for it, but something like 10% of people have reported having tinnitus. As for those that go unreported due to assuming it's normal...I expect that number to be very high, although that's clearly just speculation.

      Bottom line, OP, it's nothing to be concerned about. As others have suggested, get a fan to turn on while you sleep (and while you work, if you so desire). I've had tinnitus since I was quite young, and I've always just kept music on. Also, as a precaution, I highly recommend getting a set of fitted ear plugs for loud situations (concerts, being around loud machinery, etc). You won't need them often, but they can come in handy."

      Read the rest here:
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    2. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

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      When you start thinking about this stuff you're opening a whole can of worms.
    3. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Benefactor

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      The can is already wide open for me. I'd love to go back in time so I could listen to what I heard in a quiet room a year ago. Would I listen more intently and hear the same sound I hear now? Or was it really a quieter version of what I've got now? I've had T for years because I've always known there was a ringing noise in my head. The curiosity in me just can't help but wish I could go back and have a listen to compare.
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    4. Bertman
      No Mood

      Bertman Member Benefactor

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      I think there was a study done that found pretty much everyone, when put in a sound proof room, heard things similar to tinnitus. Obviously this is different than what we hear though, as most people cannot hear it otherwise and it doesn't react to sound like ours, but interesting nonetheless.
    5. linearb

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      East Coast USA
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      If you look at it in one way... Everyone may have constant audio data of some kind, just like everyone has some amount of pain signaling. So, intrusive tinnitus, and chronic pain, are just a normal set of signals being expressed too strongly.
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    6. Cheza

      Cheza Member Benefactor

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Barking dogs/stress
      Anechoic chamber.

      Can Silence Actually Drive You Crazy?
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    7. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      I can easily imagine silence, it has only been two years with tinnitus for me. All I have to do is sit in a silent room and subtract the tinnitus sounds and I can remember what it was like. Maybe in 20 years I will not be able to do this, but for now it's very easy.

      I have a lot of frequencies that are still dead silent, it's just from around 7.5khz up (where I lost pretty much all of my hearing) that I hear the tinnitus noises blasting away.
    8. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      Well. I have always had tinnitus..for as long as I can remember, hiding in a closet while playing hide and seek at age 4..maybe 3? I assumed it was just the sound of..nothingness? lol..what did I know I was 4! I used to find it calming to focus on in order to sleep at night! Yea. Well I don't have that T anymore and haven't for 3 years. Also, I had my ears syringed as a small child so who knows? !
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    9. baz 22

      baz 22 Member

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      @Blackbird26 how did you lose your tinnitus, did it just go away?
    10. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      No... sorry, what I meant was my mild t (that I was habituated to) turned into T..loud, always there, different tones. I also have hyperacusis (the beast)
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    11. just1morething

      just1morething Member Benefactor

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      barotrauma from airplane descent, noise exposure? ETD? TMJD?
      T = Terrible ? H= Hell ? Was hell on TWD last night!
    12. Blackbird26

      Blackbird26 Member

      Yea..t =tame no biggie..T= Terrible indeed. H= Hell, most definitely. TWD was imo the best ep yet! Massacre.

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