What Frequency Is Your Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Danny Boy, Oct 31, 2014.


What frequency is your tinnitus (if you hear multiple frequencies, select the most annoying one)?

  1. 0 Hz-500 Hz

  2. 501 Hz - 1000 Hz

  3. 1001 Hz - 2000 Hz

  4. 2001 Hz - 3000 Hz

  5. 3001 Hz - 4000 Hz

  6. 4001 Hz - 5000 Hz

  7. 5001 Hz - 6000 Hz

  8. 6001 Hz - 7000 Hz

  9. 7001 Hz - 8000 Hz

  10. 8001 Hz - 9000 Hz

  11. 9001 Hz - 10000 Hz

  12. 10001 Hz - 11000 Hz

  13. 11001 Hz - 12000 Hz

  14. 12001 Hz - 13000 Hz

  15. 13001 Hz - 14000 Hz

  16. 14001 Hz - 15000 Hz

  17. 15001 Hz - 16000 Hz

  18. 16001 Hz - 17000 Hz

  19. 17001 Hz - 18000 Hz

  20. 180001 Hz - 19000 Hz

  21. 190001 Hz - 20000 Hz

  22. I'm not sure, it's hard to tell

  23. I have atonal tinnitus (for example, white noise type), or the frequency varies considerably

  24. None of the above (please elaborate in comments)

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    1. Danny Boy

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Mine is 13,000 Hz. Is that really bad tinnitus?
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    2. Ed209

      Ed209 Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Mine's around 12.5 kHz in my head somewhere. My left ear has a drone that's around 5.7 kHz and behind that I have a constant hiss. I get electrical zings and zaps in my brain and my sounds generally change every time I sleep. Sometimes new sounds appear but they come and go so I try not to pay attention to it.

      My head is a cacophony of noise that I've half habituated to. It doesn't affect me anywhere near as bad as it did 18 months or so ago. My tinnitus is not quiet. I sometimes think people automatically interpret my posts like I have mild tinnitus because I try to remain positive. My tinnitus cuts through all outside noise and there is rarely a situation that naturally masks it. The shower is one such place however.

      Our reaction to the noise, and our underlying emotions (mental health) play a huge role in how we cope. I've found diet, exercise and mindfulness to be extremely helpful.
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    3. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      How do you find out what the tinnitus frequency is?
    4. satya

      satya Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2 months
      Cause of Tinnitus:
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    5. ajc

      ajc Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      Currently my main tinnitus sound is about 10,000 Hz.
    6. 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 have like 5 or 6 tones, all kinds of frequencies, but my main one is about 14,500 Hz.
    7. Christiaan

      Christiaan Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      The Hague, the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2016: headphones, 2020: worsened thanks to Rammstein
      I have three tones:
      • The lowest tone (more like a subwoofer) is around 125 Hz and mostly appears at night or when I'm tired.
      • A medium hiss tone around 5000-6000 Hz.
      • A high pitch hiss around 140000 Hz.
    8. linearb

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      beliefs are makyo and reality ignores them
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      The ones that bother me are all in the 12-14 kHz range.

      I hear stuff lower that that but it barely registers and I don't think of it as "tinnitus" even though it is. I believe that very deep bass would probably bother me as much as the very high frequency; midranges are easier to ignore (perhaps from a lifetime of ignoring the advice people were trying to give me, since the middle ranges are where human speech happens).

      edit: It always really depresses me when DannyBoy threads get bumped. RIP, dude :(
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    9. SadMan

      SadMan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma
      Mine is 12,000 Hz. I am curious about something, as one gets older, one cannot hear the high frequencies. I am 40 years old. I won't be able to hear the 12,000 Hz ringing when I'm 60, right?
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    10. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Low hum/buzz was measured by an audiologist at 125 Hz. This is the one that comes and goes periodically.

      The dentist drill/ electric wire type is around 12000 Hz.

      The third one is much lower both in frequency and volume, but it's intermittently repetitive (can't find the right English word, sounds like a cuckoo clock and an ambulance in the distance), and I haven't measured it yet.
    11. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I don't think it works like that. The tinnitus is generated by the brain, so I think we will hear our inner sounds even when we can't hear the same frequency from the outside. In theory, tinnitus is actually due to maladaptive plasticity of the brain which wants to compensate for the lost auditory input.
      I read about cases where the auditory nerve were cut resulting in deafness, but the tinnitus stayed.
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    12. Rosco99

      Rosco99 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hearing Loss
      Please let this be true! Ha.

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