Sounds of Tinnitus

People experience tinnitus as many different and sometimes variably changing and intertwining sounds. People hear ringing, hissing, roaring, crickets, screeching, sirens, whooshing, static, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, clicking, dial tones, and even music. With such a wide range in the sounds of tinnitus, each person experiences it a little bit differently. At Sound Relief, we understand that these differences in perception require support attuned to each individual’s case. We also strive to educate people about what the constant sound they hear is, what causes tinnitus, and what can be done to get tinnitus relief.

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Why so many sounds?

We have provided several samples of different sounds of tinnitus. Anyone can listen to a brief clip of what it sounds like to have ringing in the ears. By hearing your tinnitus sound, we hope more people will understand what tinnitus sufferers deal with regularly. Play these varying sounds of tinnitus and share them with your family, friends, primary physician, audiologist, or anyone interested in learning more about how tinnitus affects you. Keep in mind that these examples are just a few of the wide variety of manifestations of tinnitus, and that some people experience more than one type of sound with their tinnitus.

Tinnitus can range from very mild cases to severe cases that interfere with a person’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If you are asking yourself, “Do I have tinnitus?” and want to learn more about how tinnitus is affecting your life, take our tinnitus impact survey.

Sample the Sounds of Tinnitus

Please be very careful and turn the volume down low on your speakers or headphones before playing any of the sounds as all are extremely loud and irritating!

Sound 1: 4000 Hz Tone

Sound 2: 7500 Hz Tone

Sound 3: Tea Kettle

Sound 4: Buzzing or Cicada

Sound 5: Static

Sound 6: Screeching

Sound 7: Electric

Sound 8: Roaring

Please be aware that tinnitus comes in a wide variety of sounds, and these are only a sample of the different noises that people with tinnitus experience. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be hearing one of the sounds listed above, or a tone or pitch that is not included in the samples, please contact one of our audiologists to find out how we can help.

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