Tinnitus can sound like any number of annoying tones, including hums, whistles, or buzzes. It can be loud, soft, or any volume in between, and the sound can range from a high-pitched roar to a high-pitched screech. It can happen almost constantly or come and go. You may hear different types of sound, such as hums, whistles, or hums.
The noise can be low, medium, or high, or the sound can vary between the two. You may experience just one or several noises. The sound may be constant or it may come and go intermittently. Tinnitus occurs when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both ears.
The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn't caused by an external sound, and other people usually can't hear it. It affects approximately 15 to 20% of people and is especially common in older adults. Tinnitus (pronounced Tih-nite-us or Tin-ih-tus) is a sound in the head with no external source. For many, it's a ringing sound, while for others it's a whistle, a hum, a squeak, a whistle, a hum, or even a squeak.
It may appear that the sound comes from one ear or both, from the inside of the head, or from a distance. It can be constant or intermittent, constant or pulsatile. Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds in one ear, in both ears, or in the head that don't come from an external source. The types of sounds people hear vary greatly, with some people describing it as ringing in the ears, others hearing a whistle, ringing, or whistling sound.
These sounds can come and go, or they can exist all the time.