Tinnitus Symptoms

Symptoms of Tinnitus

In almost all cases, tinnitus is a subjective noise, meaning that only the person who has tinnitus can hear it. People describe hearing different sounds: ringing, hissing, static, crickets, screeching, whooshing, roaring, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, dial tones, even music.

In general, there are three ways to describe a patient’s personal perception of the tinnitus sound:

Tonal Tinnitus:

The perception of near-continuous sound (or overlapping sounds) with well-defined frequencies. The perceived volume of the tinnitus often fluctuates. Tonal tinnitus is generally associated with subjective tinnitus.

Pulsatile Tinnitus:

The perception of pulsing sounds, often in-beat with the patient’s heartbeat. Pulsatile tinnitus is often associated with objective and somatic tinnitus.

Musical Tinnitus:

The perception of music or singing, sometimes the same tune on a constant loop. Also known as Musical Ear Syndrome, Musical Tinnitus is very rare.

Why do your ears ring?

If you hear whistling in your ear, beeping in your ear or a ringing sound in your ear, you may have tinnitus. Call us today to talk to an audiologist near you about possible tinnitus cures.