Tinnitus... what does yours sound like?

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bonjour16 Tue 03-Mar-20 17:56:47

Suffering with tinnitus just now (or at least I think that's what it is!). Beeping and ringing noises sometimes a bit musical!? confused In need of some reassurance. What does your tinnitus sound like?

Thank you in advance.

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bonjour16 Tue 03-Mar-20 19:28:02

Bump hmm

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loveyoutothemoon Tue 03-Mar-20 19:45:39

Like a stationary car with it's engine running. Before I realised it was tinnitus, this is was I thought I could hear when I was lying in bed.

bonjour16 Tue 03-Mar-20 19:58:50

@loveyoutothemoon that must be annoying for sure!

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KTyoupigeon Tue 03-Mar-20 20:01:26

Mainly a high pitch whistling sound but can be a dull thumping sound. Worse at times when it’s very quiet and night time - I’m often heard talking to myself or tapping a surface to refocus away from the sound. The high pitch whistle can be painful.

strawberrylipgloss Tue 03-Mar-20 20:05:12

Sometimes it sounds like someone is playing an old computer game in the distance. By that I mean a song with maybe 3 or 4 notes? I hear it most at night when I'm about to go to bed.

loveyoutothemoon Tue 03-Mar-20 20:14:13

It used to be, I don't get it as bad now. Maybe because my conditions are better controlled.


Watto1 Tue 03-Mar-20 20:15:47

Like a radio that’s not quite tuned in properly. I tend to fall asleep with the bedroom telly on, otherwise it’s unbearable.

CheekyMango Tue 03-Mar-20 20:16:18

High pitched piercing sound and low drone like an engine in the other ear. Sucks a lot. Worse when I've got a cold.

Spartak Tue 03-Mar-20 20:16:46

Mine is like a cross between a moped engine and a bee buzzing. Worse in my right ear and most noticeable at night when I'm trying to sleep.

JurassicShay Tue 03-Mar-20 20:16:50

Being in a wind tunnel that sort of sounds like 'wuuum' 'wuuum' It drives me crazy!

CheekyMango Tue 03-Mar-20 20:17:18

Vit B12 usually kicks it into shape as the low stuff I found was down to a deficiency in b12

PhantomErik Tue 03-Mar-20 20:18:22

Used to have a high pitched ringing, went through the process of seeing a doctor, being referred etc & then it just disappeared. Was very relieved when that happened!

inkydinky Tue 03-Mar-20 20:21:48

A high frequency pure tone. Exactly like the ones you would hear in a hearing test. Slightly different in each ear. Mine is constant and permanent. Developed during a bad cold and never went. I hope yours is temporary!

dodododoo Tue 03-Mar-20 20:28:00

High pitched tone in the background most of the time.

First thing in the morning - random songs. I hear them as if they are being played on the radio, but when I concentrate or think about it, they're gone.

GardenersDelight Tue 03-Mar-20 20:43:38

Whistling, hissing and ringing in both ears for 30+years! Sometimes have to ask OH if noise on TV etc or in my head! Also have a degree of high frequency hearing loss

ChicCroissant Tue 03-Mar-20 20:44:52

High pitched noise for me too, only had it for a few months.

KedsAndTubeSocks Tue 03-Mar-20 20:48:29

High pitched whistling noise. It comes and goes. Sometimes also the sound of my own heartbeat, which is very disorientating. It speeds up when I move around. First time it happened I thought someone was using a pile-driver in the distance.

MoonshineWashingLine Tue 03-Mar-20 20:55:11

I have moderate to severe hearing loss and like inkydinky I have tinnitus that sounds like several of the hearing test noises being played at once constantly in both ears. Fun! Hearing aids do help a lot though and I only notice it at night usually, although it doesn't stop me sleeping. I've somehow trained my brain to ignore it most of the time. Sometimes the noises change or get louder and that's when it bothers me the most.

gotusedtoit Tue 03-Mar-20 20:55:28

More of a hissing noise like someone frothing coffee.... when I first got it, it was really high pitched and loud following a hugely stressful period and severe tooth infection.

gotusedtoit Tue 03-Mar-20 20:57:19

I agree with the brain training philosophy.....

WeAllHaveWings Tue 03-Mar-20 21:04:19

hard to explain and it changes, it is mostly a low but loud drone that whooshes around, like machinery, but it can 3-4 times a day change to a high pitch whistle for 20-30 minutes.

The only time I don't hear it is if something else loud masks it, but I worry that may damage my hearing more. White etc noise apps don't work for long. Being in a car always masks it.

Never silent...for 7 years now. sad

@CheekyMango do you get B12 injections or just take vitamins? I have had bloods taken years ago and they said B12 was ok but would try a supplement if you think it works?

Tigerty Tue 03-Mar-20 21:50:18

The main one is a high pitched eeeeeeeeeeee noise. There are others some are more musical, some fluctuate in tone. It’s permanent, had it since childhood.

I hear it more when I’m poorly, I assume that’s because I can’t filter the sound out as well as normal.

fortyfifty Tue 03-Mar-20 21:53:17

Low frequency like a pneumatic drill in the distance or a foghorn. It took me a long time to realise it wasn't a real noise. I always assumed tinnitus was a high pitched ringing sound.

Horehound Tue 03-Mar-20 21:54:36

Very High pitched constant sound.

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