What Does Your Tinnitus Sound Like?

Discussion in 'Support' started by CrystalB, Jun 6, 2018.

    1. CrystalB

      CrystalB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      My tinnitus is in both ears, my right seems like it’s the worse one. I have an extremely high pitch hiss and static, I can hear it over basically everything, sometimes it sounds like a high pitch electrical ring, and most of the time it’s all of those at once!

      What does everyone else’s sound like?
       
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    2. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      Sometimes it sounds like something I hear everyday which is easy to describe and then other times I can't describe it because there's nothing even close to it. Especially early on with tinnitus.

      Today is high pitch hiss and light electrical zap. Yesterday I had a loud bug zapper going off every second or so and that caused agitation most of the day.
       
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    3. sirhand
      Jaded

      sirhand Member

      Location:
      Bethlehem, PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2018 4:30 pm
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      4 hour (apparently too loud) headphone session
      I've got old high pitched CRT TVs in both of my ears. That's what I hear all the time. When things are quiet, my left ear has two lower tones it likes to wobble between, fast random speed. And my right ear has one lower tone it plays. When I get fleeting tinnitus the ringing temporarily turns to a hiss/static sound for a few minutes, then it switches back to the ringing.
      That sounds shitty, sorry.
       
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    4. Samir
      Obedient

      Samir Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma
      What you describe is reminiscent of what I had when this all started. I think it's fairly common that it starts off like a hiss or static noise and then changes character to a more tonal kind of noise.

      In fact, professor Rauschecker of Georgetown university described the same kind of onset of his tinnitus, and he has been researching tinnitus for many years now. For some people the onset is immediate and tonal, while for others it's a slow onset and it's typically a hiss or static noise. So those would be the two types of onset that I can discern from all the threads and post I have read here. It also seems as if those who have an immediate onset have it loud and more distressful, while those that have a slow onset have it mild or moderate. I don't know what to make of it, but it's a common pattern I have seen here.

      The static noise didn't bother me at all. It didn't even register as tinnitus with me. I thought nothing of it, but I did notice it. I would mostly notice it in very quite and closed spaces like the bathroom or the bedroom.

      Right now, while I type this it sounds like a low buzz type of sound. Some months ago it used to sound at night like some kind of chirping in my head, there was this very interesting pattern to it. I imagined it as if they were talking to each other. Like thugs making a plan on how to overthrow me as their boss. It wasn't a particularly disturbing sound, but very peculiar and distinct sound. It has never really sounded anything like that again. It might as well have been neurons firing in synchrony.
       
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      CrystalB

      CrystalB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Tinnitus can be so different with everyone!
      Can y’all hear it over stuff? Like I can hear mine basically over anything.
      I have had it for 7 months, I don’t have hearing loss, but my ENT did tell my last month that I have ETD, my ears pop and crack, and sometimes my right ear when I try to pop it, it feels full and I can hear wind but it doesn’t pop. My ENT doesn’t know if ETD is what’s causing my tinnitus.
       
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    6. sirhand
      Jaded

      sirhand Member

      Location:
      Bethlehem, PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/20/2018 4:30 pm
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      4 hour (apparently too loud) headphone session
      When it's bad, I can hear it over anything. When it's good, almost anything will cover it up. Usually it's somewhere in between.
      Ugh, I hate when it feels like it needs to pop but it won't. My advise, don't keep trying to pop it.
       
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    7. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Same here.
       
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    8. Alex Prime
      Anime

      Alex Prime Member

      Location:
      Sofia, Bulgaria
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      High pitch screech, although recently it became quieter and somehow more pleasant.
       
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    9. Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      increasingly uncertain, maybe noise, maybe somatic ?
      I am convinced that a more detailed description of the tinnitus symptoms would be an essential step towards knowledge.
      I am appalled at the superficiality with which the anamnesis is often taken. Also here in the tinnitus talk the description of the symptoms is often very superficial.
       
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    10. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      I wonder if we're anywhere near the point where an exact description of our tinnitus matters at this point. The medical field in general seems indifferent to an exact description to sounds we hear in our ears or brain. Unless you have a specific type of PT and are lucky enough to find the handful of surgeons that can correct it. I'm sure there are other rare examples, but not many.
       
    11. TLion

      TLion Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2006
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      stress/loud concert
      A very high static "sssssssss". I liked it more when it was a tonal beep. This could be covered easily. This new static sound isn't very maskable.
       
    12. PaulBe

      PaulBe Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Cairns
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound, though never proven
      These days mine seems to increase its volume to maintain a constant sound relationship and balance with everything going on around it. As a result it can't be masked because it will come up to volume-match the masking device.
       
    13. Sam Bridge

      Sam Bridge Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music/gigs probably
      It has always been a soft static noise.
       
    14. Makrohn
      Supportive

      Makrohn Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Norway
      Tinnitus Since:
      1996
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss - Explosion - Stress
      Mine started out with the static hiss before I also got a high pitch tone on top. A year ago, my right ear went crazy and I now also have a distant jet that varies in volume and intensity. Oh, and of course I have some intermittent and sudden random beeps and a buzz that also seem to live a life of its own. I am amazed by all the different variations the brain seems to pick up on.
       
    15. Samir
      Obedient

      Samir Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Advocate

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic trauma
      It depends, sometimes I can, other times I cannot. It can vary from day to day.

      Your hearing would be affected by ETD. It would reduce your ability to conduct sound in that ear. Reduced auditory input drives compensatory mechanisms and neuroplasticity in the brain which results in tinnitus.

      I'm not an ENT doctor nor am I a neuroscientist, but you can draw this conclusion easily by following the research. However, it should be obvious to any ENT that problems with the middle ear can cause reduced hearing. So if you can clear up any kind of conductive problem there is a good chance that tinnitus will go away. If left untreated the tinnitus will stay.
       
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    16. Rajin

      Rajin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      9/7/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss ,noise
      You are saying that if you get hurt at the very moment you hear the T sound it will be louder than ppl with T who have it and came from no where like waking up with it. Will be mild/ moderate.
       
    17. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      I can hear mine over everything all the time.

      Mine is from a virus and I have quite a bit of hearing loss in one ear.
       
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    18. Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      I have a hisssss that’s constant and high pitch tone that’s never ending, also a morse code beep that seems to drown out most of the other tones but I can still hear them chilling in the background. Basically they are having party in my ears Without my consent.
       
    19. Rajin

      Rajin Member Benefactor

      Location:
      PA
      Tinnitus Since:
      9/7/17
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing loss ,noise
      I think mine is a hiss sound , like a low hiss from a rattlesnake.
       
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    20. Jcb
      No Mood

      Jcb Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      December 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      possible TMJ, came on after severe cold and chest infection,
      Yes, that explains my sound perfectly.... I couldn’t think of anything which it sounded like but that nails it.
       
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    21. Tinniger

      Tinniger Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      increasingly uncertain, maybe noise, maybe somatic ?
      My main tinnitus is a loud hiss in the left ear, as if air escapes from a leaking oxygen bottle.
       
    22. BadratDay
      Insomnious

      BadratDay Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      7 march 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      being a mess of anxiety music too maybe
      A good advice is not to describe your T, can make it easier to forget about it...but eh to each their own :)
       
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      AUTHOR
      CrystalB

      CrystalB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It’s strange how different tinnitus is to everyone!
      I had another question, my hearing is very sensitive most of the time, sometimes my own voice will what seems like vibrate my ears especially my right one, so Most of the times I just talk soft. I have ETD now, does that sound like a symptom of ETD?
       
    24. dpdx
      Disappointed

      dpdx Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Murica
      Tinnitus Since:
      Onset:09/23/2017 Worsened: 1/17/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma, worsened by caloric test/VEMP test 90db nhL
      I had these tones

      Sep 23-Jan 14 (MILD TINNITUS)
      1) Electrical buzzing from wires-MAIN, mild and maskable
      2) Electrical sounds, like zapping-MAIN , mild and maskable
      3) eggs frying or bad static-rare not maskable
      I had few eye floaters.
      When it would spike it would be this very loud sound that wound cover everything. It is a very loud beep.

      Jan 15-Now (MOD-SEVERE TINNITUS)
      1) High pitched dentist drill-MAIN tone, very intrusive, cannot mask it, makes my eye and head hurt
      2) Screeching sound like subway stopping over and over and over again very abruptly, this is the WORST SOUND I have ever had, it made my whole head hurt. It is gone now thank go. It was my main TONE in Feb-March.
      3) Metallic Screeching Sound-MAIN tone that is present right now as I am writing things, it cuts through everything how sharp it is.
      Number of eye floaters has increased and turned dark.
       
    25. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      I have/had something similar when exposed to loud noises. I get a snapping sensation in my left ear that I've attributed to the tensor tympani muscle re-flexing to provide protection to the ear around loud sounds. Apparently harmless but is highly annoying and does a number when you're trying to habituate.

      The sensation has largely subsided over 4.5 months tho. I used to have the sensation when I would open a bottle or flush the toilet. Now it seems only around loud talkers.

      Has yours gotten better? Any changes good or bad since t started in Nov?
       
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    26. Nicola8478

      Nicola8478 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity
      Sounds like tiny drills with some electrical sparks thrown in. And when it’s bad it sounds like god knows what. Like it’s gonna tear my skull and ears off
       
    27. Natester1986
      No Mood

      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      I know this is another question thread by me, but I'm curious as to what your tinnitus sounds like. Mine sounds like a tea kettle, not really loud although I hear it all the time, except during periods where the tinnitus is really quiet. Right now my tinnitus is around a 5 out of 10. I think the worst it has ever gotten would have been around 6 out of 10.
       
    28. h-m-1994
      Confused

      h-m-1994 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      October 3rd, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      TTTS + Stress
      I have 2 sounds, first, a humming which is barely there, but gets louder with stress and tiredness. Secondly, irregular clicking in both ears with occasional spasms that ignite a pure tone for a few seconds, which is likely TTTS (I think this is likely as I hear thumping in my ears when I put on my earmuffs). My ears don't react to noise, but I try to protect them against harmful sounds like buzzsaws, construction work, chainsaws, drills and idiots showing off on their motorbikes (surprisingly common in my area). Hoping it can go away eventually, started going to an osteopath to unwind some tension in the upper part of my back and may take up acupuncture for stress.
       
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    29. Natester1986
      No Mood

      Natester1986 Member

      Location:
      Iowa
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 22, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise exposure/Lexapro
      Mine sounds like a tea kettle. That's the only sound I hear when it comes to tinnitus. Not really that loud. Of course, I'm careful when it comes to loud noises because I don't want to risk having my tinnitus become much worse.
       
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      AUTHOR
      CrystalB

      CrystalB Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      my tinnitus I believe has stayed the same, some days it’s louder than others. It kinda fluctuates. I think the only difference in it is how I’m reacting to it now, I’m learning to react to it better, not freaking out and trying to focus on something else.
       
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