Sounds of Tinnitus


Did you know that people who experience tinnitus describe the sound they hear in very different ways? Some report that it sounds like ringing, hissing, roaring, or screeching. Others describe their tinnitus as sounding like crickets, sirens, whooshing, static, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, clicking, dial tones, or even music. These sounds sometimes variably change and intertwine as well.

Since tinnitus produces such a great range of sounds and each person experiences it a little differently, audiologists must customize their tinnitus treatments and support. At Sound Relief Hearing Center, we understand how difficult it can be to live with tinnitus, and we know that many people don’t fully comprehend the condition. We aim to educate people, helping them better understand the varying sounds of tinnitus, the cause of the condition, and possible treatment options. In addition, we can successfully treat those suffering from tinnitus using reliable, evidence-based solutions.

Samples of the Sounds of Tinnitus

We have provided several samples of different sounds that people with tinnitus may hear. By listening to the brief clips, you can learn what tinnitus sounds like and attempt to understand what it is like to struggle with tinnitus every day. Consider playing these sounds for your family, your friends, your primary physician, your hearing specialist, or anyone else you know who is interested in learning about how tinnitus affects people. However, please keep in mind that the provided examples represent just a few of the condition’s various manifestations.

In addition, remember that tinnitus cases range from very mild to very severe. Where one person finds the condition mildly annoying, another might find that it interferes with their ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If you’re wondering if you have tinnitus, we encourage you to call us right away to schedule a consultation or a general hearing exam. Our specialists can help you learn more about your specific condition and explore your treatment options.

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!

Tinnitus Sound 1: 4000 Hz Tone

Tinnitus Sound 1: 4000 Hz Tone

Tinnitus Sound 2: 7500 Hz Tone

Tinnitus Sound 2: 7500 Hz Tone

Tinnitus Sound 3: Tea Kettle

Tinnitus Sound 3: Tea Kettle

Tinnitus Sound 4: Buzzing or Cicada

Tinnitus Sound 4: Buzzing or Cicada

Tinnitus Sound 5: Static

Tinnitus Sound 5: Static

Tinnitus Sound 6: Screeching

Tinnitus Sound 6: Screeching

Tinnitus Sound 7: Electric

Tinnitus Sound 7: Electric

Tinnitus Sound 8: Roaring

Tinnitus 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 specialists to find out how we can help.

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