What Does Tinnitus Sound Like? - Hear Tinnitus sounds below….
Tinnitus sufferers experience intermittent or constant noises in one ear, in both ears, or even throughout their entire head. These noises can take many different forms and occur at different volumes. The volume of the tinnitus sounds has been described subjectively by sufferers as ranging from soft to extremely loud.
Click the links below to hear the different sounds of Tinnitus.
This will help you identify what kind of tinnitus you have and what kind of masking will work best for you. (When you click a new window will open and the file will play automatically - if you need the free Quicktime player it’s here.)
Tinnitus Masking Devices - There Are Hundreds of Different Types Of Tinnitus Sounds
Doctors can’t ascertain the exact severity of the noise based solely on the subjective volume of the sounds heard by the patient alone. To begin with these sounds can appear or be perceived to be louder than they are initially and also the patient needs time to get used to them.
Most Tinnitus sufferers have their own unique type of tinnitus that each have very specific causes and effects. If the tinnitus is not properly diagnosed there can be psychological consequences which combine with the noise to generate what can initially appear to be an an unsolvable problem.
Doctors must therefore work with each patient to create the best Tinnitus treatment and therapy for each individual. Generally most people cannot begin to understand the pain and sheer frustration that the sounds of Tinnitus create in sufferers ears.
The reason we have added these sounds here is so that non sufferers can begin to understand the sounds patients hear and understand the unpleasantness first hand.
Tinnitus Can Sound Completely Unique To Different People
Tinnitus sounds can be a unique experience, however people commonly report buzzing, whistling, humming and ringing. It is not uncommon to hear more than one sound at a time and for tinnitus noises to change. For example, when people are stressed they may feel as though their tinnitus changes in pitch and volume and becomes more intrusive.
Tinnitus and body sound simulations have been undertaken for the last 20 years by various hearing institutes, Tinnitus associations and organisations. The sounds above have been generated by studies conducted at international medical research units. The researchers used techniques which included asking Tinnitus sufferers to listen to their own tinnitus in a soundproofed space.
These sounds were then played back to the patients from a music synthesiser which can reproduce any sound. When the noise from the music synthesiser simulator was played through the loud speaker and sounded the similar to the Tinnitus sufferer’s own tinnitus the simulated sound was then recorded digitally.
The noises you can hear above can sound like a ringing, hissing, white noise, pulsatile and/or a beating, thumping sound, high-pitched rattles, electric buzzes, and high-pitched drill, interference on the radio or a mixture of all these noises.
It has been estimated that over 60 million people have constant or extreme tinnitus worldwide. Many people experience the occasional ringing in the ear or other sounds inside their head at some time or another during their lives. This may triggered by the loud volume of a rock concert, a loud noise at work, gunfire, or an explosion near to the head just to name a few .
Tinnitus sounds vary vastly among people and can range from a mild occasional ringing sound to a constant and ever-present state or extreme Tinnitus which is what I have. Many people state that their tinnitus is so bad that it interferes with their daily quality of life.