How to Identify the Frequency of Tinnitus If It Is Crickets, Electric, Fuzz?

Discussion in 'Support' started by AfroSnowman, Dec 3, 2019 at 2:55 AM.

    1. AfroSnowman

      AfroSnowman Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 16 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, viral?
      I want to identify the frequency/frequencies of the noises in my head. I know it is a high pitch, but it is never a pure tone. At its most stable it is like a fuzzy high pitched static. The majority of the time it is electric surges and crickets.

      When I try to compare to pure tones I can convince myself that it is anywhere from 6000-12000 Hz. I just can't make a pure tone match up to a more complex sound, not even to approximate it.

      Is it possible to identify the frequency of tinnitus under those circumstances? If so how? Any tricks, YouTube channels that you use for that purpose?

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    2. InfiniteLoop

      InfiniteLoop Member Benefactor

      Redwood City, California
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very high frequency hearing loss in left ear.

      You can try to use an App to reproduce the noise range. In an iPad, you can download Noise Gen. My T noise changes all the time and rarely is tonal. The frequency is very high as well in the 10KHz range with some broad bandwidth. My left ear has an asymmetry of 20Db compared to the right ear above 8KHz, and that is likely the T reason.
    3. HootOwl

      HootOwl Member Benefactor

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Explanation in About You
      So a few months ago a new tone appeared in my ears that sounded completely weird and alien. Kind of like scratchy oscillatory bells. Very much an alien screech kind of noise. I thought there’s no way this is a pure tone.

      But a few days ago as I was sweep testing for my frequency distortion I realized that by turning up the frequency of 1500 hz exactly the alien noise that was undulating and completely haphazard disappeared entirely underneath the pure tone. And believe me, it sounds NOTHING like 1500 hz when it’s just inside my ear.

      Again, at low levels you’d never have been able to tone match it. Only at this high volume did it envelope it.

      And lo and behold 1500 hz just so happens to be a tinnitus tone I acquired about 3 years ago, so what I thought was a brand new tone, was actually more damage to that area, but in a strange new way.

      It got me thinking that tone matching has so many other factors due to what is likely synaptic input. Maybe what is static and crickets for some people is really a pure tone that doesn’t have enough input and is being perceived that way, making it difficult to match the frequency.

      Like I said, I never would have thought the weird bell like noise could ever be truly tone matched, it sounded completely atonal at the time. But it only works at the 1500 hz pretty much EXACTLY. If I go even 10 hz above or below it returns, so at least for myself I’ve found that you need to get incredibly specific with more complex tinnitus sounds in order to approximate. You don’t have the same leeway as you would with a normal sine wave.
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