Is Some “Head Noise” Normal That Everyone Has, or Is It a Component of Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Health Talk' started by Paulmanlike, Nov 10, 2018.

    1. Paulmanlike

      Paulmanlike Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Okay so let me start by saying I have tinnitus in my left ear, have done for yonks, it's like a whine, electrical sound, that bothers me now and then, but lucky enough to have learnt about it before I did any more damage knowing I’m susceptible to tinnitus.

      But I have this burning question and the internet has no answers apart from “it’s tinnitus!!”

      When I’m in a quiet room, or even so if the tv is on low, I have head noise in quiet areas. I don’t see it as tinnitus, because to me it’s always been in my ear, but if I focus on this head noise it gets louder.

      It’s not like any particular sound, almost like an ambient sound, that I wondered what exactly is that? Is it tinnitus or does everybody hear it?

      Somebody told me about this and they said oh yeah that, that’s the sound of silence.
      Others have mentioned things that it is blood flowing. (I’m not talking about pulsatile tinnitus).

      It’s not even an annoying sound, often I won’t notice it during day, in the nighttime in a quiet house I can hear it, sometimes it even distracts me from hearing my usual left ear tinnitus.

      Do non-tinnitus people even have this? What is it? Or is it actually a component of tinnitus?

      I must also point out that, if I plug my ears, the sound is barely there - diminishes to almost nonexistent and I can hear my left ear tinnitus perfectly then.

      @Michael Leigh, do you know anything about this?
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    2. Contrast

      Contrast Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      late 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      injury from noxious noise
      its tinnitus.
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    3. Don Tinny

      Don Tinny Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2017 (worsening)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud concert with ear plugs
      Once I read in a site that a high percentage of human beings have some "head noise". I guess it has no clinical relevance. Of course it is very different from this horrible tinnitus that we have.
    4. Dginobile

      Dginobile Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, Satan perhaps?
      My Tinnitus is in my head, high pitched sound 24/7 which I’ve habituated to, I occasionally get fleeting tinnitus in my ear that’s lasts less than 30 seconds. I guess I’ve always had this but used to only hear it in complete silence and assumed it was normal but once it made its grande deput everything changed but slowly it tends to fade in the background occasionally.
    5. Steve Ebhodaghe

      Steve Ebhodaghe Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure musician by profession
      I noticed this horrible sound in my right ear and sometimes in my head around 2011 or so , still hear it 24/7 I don’t know what to do to get rid of it

      I pray one finds a solution to getting of this annoying sound!
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    6. nills

      nills Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      It's blood flowing through the ear and head. Go for a run 20 minutes at night, come home. it's louder.
    7. GregCA

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      It's tinnitus, by its very definition: you hear something that has no external source. Whether it's head or not, or whether a significant part of the population perceives it is irrelevant.
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    8. Drone Draper

      Drone Draper Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      NIHL, ETD and work stress
      I think it's very mild tinnitus that's prevalent with a lot of people.
    9. OnceUponaTime

      OnceUponaTime Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Allergies or Acoustic Trauma, Stress
      This is what I call my low hum/drone tinnitus in my head. It started low like you described yours. I only heard it in quiet places and really didn't bothered me during the day. I am sorry to report that it got 10 times worst. I hear it outside too. The only time I don't hear it is when I cover my ears, I'm next to the fridge, driving or taking a shower.
      It is more bothersome than the screeching hiss I hear all day.

      Don't mess with that. Take care of your ears.

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    10. Agrajag364

      Agrajag364 Member Benefactor

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I had a conversation with my boyfriend about this a while back - he didn't understand the concept of silence and thought everyone had some noise in their head in a silent room. He has had mild tinnitus for 20 years but distinguishes this from the noise he could always here in a silent room before he got tinnitus from too much loud music when he was 18. I on the other hand was insisting that before I got tinnitus I couldn't hear a damn thing in silent room.“what-is-silence-”.33135/

      I thought it was funny for some reason cos it's like - how do we know what another person's reality is? Sometimes people argue about what colour certain objects are, maybe different people see colours differently.

      I would describe noise that can be heard in a reasonably silent room as tinnitus, but maybe people who have this kind of super mild "tinnitus" from birth would not describe it this way.

      I think there may be some studies that show most people can hear some kind of noise in a super sound proofed room though.
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    11. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      The only way to find out is to ask your relatives and friends who don't have T, whether they have it.
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    12. linearb

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      like 2% of the people I know over the age of 30 claim to hear "perfect silence" with their ears plugged. The most typical response is, "there is a very slight humming or eeeee sound that I can hear when it's quiet".

      I think this is tinnitus, it's just within the range of not being an issue, and most people never progress beyond that.

      My wife does claim to hear perfect silence, except she periodically gets deafening blasts of fleeting T. She's also not very fixated on her sensory system and I don't know that she's ever actually plugged her ears in a perfectly quiet room...
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    13. Tom Cnyc

      Tom Cnyc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Warehouse event after years of enjoying music.
      I had a "head noise" as long as I can remember. I do not consider this to be tinnitus. Maybe it is - but whatever it is - it's not an intrusive condition.
    14. TheDanishGirl

      TheDanishGirl Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2017 (H since 06/2017)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term noise exposure (headphones), maybe some stress.
      I had absolutely grave silent ears before T. even with ear plugs in in a silent room.

      I have asked around and my mom (age 52) gets an occasional very mild windy noise, but she says she has never experienced a ringing noise and for the most part she has silent ears and this is a woman who has abused her ears with loud parties and concerts all her life and still do.

      My best friend (age 38) gets an occasional very mild ringing, but also has total silence (in silent rooms) for the most part
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