Tinnitus. We routinely call it a ringing in the ears. But that’s
not exactly an accurate description. However, for many people, it
does indeed show up as a high-pitched ringing in the ears.
Surprisingly, not all individuals describe the sound as a ringing.
The range of sounds differ from roaring, clicking, hissing,
whistling, to sounds that resembling human voices.
(Yes! Human voices).
Ringing sounds are by far the most common, but not all ring sounds
are created equal.
Variations of the ringing seem endless. Tinnitus sufferers have
reported ringing sounds covering an entire spectrum from a classic
telephone’s shrill ring to bell-like sounds.
Other sufferers have described the noise as sounding more like a
hissing sound, very similar to the high pitched sound of steam
coming from a teapot.
And Other Sounds
Bees, they say. Or a swarm of flying insects. That’s what some
individuals claim their tinnitus sounds like.
Others say the sound of tinnitus is much closer to a humming sound.
Again the range of the actual types of “hums” is as wide as the
permutations of the ringing noises.
In some cases the hum sounds like a “muffled choir.” In others,
the hum resembled that of the background noise created when a radio
is on but no specific station is selected.
Click. Click. Click. This tinnitus sound has been likened to the
tapping of the keys on an old manual typewriter.
Some even say that the clicking is closer to the sound a hot
automobile engine makes as it cools.
Many individuals say the clicking sounds follow an orderly pattern;
for others the noise is totally random.
Well, That about wraps it up for today’s lesson.
You have learned how sound experienced by the tinnitus sufferer
covers a wide range of spectrum’s, and varies by individuals.
In our next lesson we’ll talk about the source of the sounds. You
may be surprised to learn where these sounds are coming from.