Hum-Like Tinnitus — Let's Compare

Discussion in 'Support' started by Eszett78, Nov 18, 2021.

    1. Eszett78
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      Eszett78 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Hi! I am 43 years old and have to bear a hum-like sound in my head since maybe 10 years now, and it is more than strange since all its properties are those of an artificial sound and quite 'unbiological' in my opinion:
      • it's around 100-120 Hz (estimated)
      • it's a tad more on the right half of my brain but not much
      • never changes frequency
      • never changes volume (subjectively it appears louder in a silent environment of course)
      • goes on and off seemingly randomly, but actually it's not that random, because ...
      • it's triggered by other low sounds, e.g. if chatter my teeth, or if a door shuts
      • a trigger changes the hum to off if it's on and to on if it's off
      • this 'triggering' doesn't work all the time, but often enough that imagination can be ruled out
      I know what I write seems odd or like a hoax, but I assert you I am dead serious with this and it is as describing it. The sound doesn't come from outside, I checked that with travelling to other countries. If your hum has the same properties I would ask you to contact me. I'd like to talk to people with the same symptoms.
       
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    2. Ben Winders
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      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      It does not seem odd if you search for low frequency humming tinnitus on this forum, you'll find lots of friends.
       
    3. star-affinity
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      star-affinity Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1993, increase in 2020, then new in 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Maybe during a soundcheck – sudden sound from speaker
      I have a low frequency hum too.

      It started after sleeping a few hours after having had a few beers (was drunk when I fell asleep, but not super drunk) 18th of December last year. It's still with me even if I feel it has been away or at least lower at times. Other low frequency sounds "takes it out" of the head, such as the continuous ventilation I have in my bathroom and kitchen.

      Shaking my head temporarily interrupts it. Pressing the "cartilage lid" (forgot its name) in front of the ear canal of my left ear a few times in quick succession seems to alter the sound temporarily. Would not recommend doing that regularly, though.
       
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      Eszett78
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      Eszett78 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Yes, but if you make a checklist for criteria of 'organic' and 'artificial' it matches 'artificial' 100%, no? As there is no change in frequency and it goes 'on' and 'off' like a switch is turned. I can hardly believe my brain is capable of creating /emulating such sounds.

      There is one last thing I want to try about this hum. I would like to know if the hum stays off if there is no trigger anymore. For ex. if I was in a cavern or shelter or tunnel that's like 100 meters or more below the ground! There should be no electromagnetic signals anymore, no sounds from the outer world that may trigger it on. Haven't visited any place like this yet. But I will.
       
    5. Greg Sacramento

      Greg Sacramento Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      syringing and now somatic T dental work
      Some hum causes:

      Venous hum is humming sound in veins due to blood flow. The blood flows to the brain from heart and or aortic vessels via the internal carotid and arteries of vertebrae. This humming sound is produced due to the vibration of the veins - blood flow in veins. An interventional radiologist to test for this.

      For many, humming is caused by repeated exposure to quieter low frequency noise over a long time.
       
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