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Ringing In Your Ears: What Does Tinnitus Sound Like?


Tinnitus manifests in countless ways, but there’s one thing people suffering from incessant phantom noise in their ears have in common. To borrow a phrase from an old Simon & Garfunkel song, they crave the sounds of silence.

At Hearing & Balance Doctors, our doctors of audiology work to provide the best tinnitus treatment in St. George and stand ready to help you. If you’re wondering if you have tinnitus, you may benefit from learning more about its many forms.

Tinnitus Sounds Can Vary Greatly

People suffering from tinnitus have reported hearing one or more of the following noises in their ears:

  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Crickets
  • Dial tone
  • Hissing
  • Music
  • Ocean waves
  • Pulsing
  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Screaming
  • Screeching
  • Sirens
  • Static
  • Whooshing

Cases range from mildly irritating to tinnitus so severe it interferes with daily function.
Some tinnitus sufferers hear these repetitive sounds ceaselessly, while the noise comes and goes for others. Further, some people hear a single type of sound while for others, two or more sounds interweave to create a tapestry of sonic discord.

Sample Tinnitus Sounds Abound

A number of sources, including the American Tinnitus Association, have provided online samples of tinnitus noise. Listening to these may help you determine if what you’re experiencing is tinnitus. If you find a sound similar to what you’re hearing, you may want to share it with your doctor of audiology so they can better help you.

You can also suggest your partner or family members listen to a clip of tinnitus sound similar to what you’re experiencing. It can help give them an understanding of what you’re hearing and better empathize with your resulting challenges. The ATA, a truly helpful resource for tinnitus sufferers, also has a library of tinnitus-masking sounds —from white noise to running water to a cat’s soothing purr—that you can stream into your favorite listening device.

Tinnitus Is Generally Incurable But Increasingly Treatable

Tinnitus can go away if it’s spurred by an issue that can be remedied such as:

  • Allergies
  • Cerumen (earwax) blockage
  • Certain medications
  • Sinus congestion

Sometimes tinnitus is a sign of hearing loss, and we’ve had patients report immediate tinnitus relief after being fitted for hearing aids.

In most cases, however, tinnitus is incurable, a factor that tends to add to patients’ distress. Nonetheless, we’re dedicated to providing you relief at Hearing & Balance Doctors. We offer an array of tinnitus management tools including hearing aids with built-in sound therapy that counteract tinnitus by emitting ocean-like sounds or white noise. Our doctors of audiology also offer tinnitus patients counseling aimed at providing support as well as education on ways to manage this distressing condition.

If you’re ready for some sound advice as well as solutions, contact us today to stop letting tinnitus run your life.

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