Help identifying mystery sound
February 25, 2014 4:50 AM Subscribe
I have been hearing a sound in my ears for the past few years, which is definitely not tinnitus or blood flow. Can anybody give me any ideas as to what might be its cause?
posted by Thing to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The sound is an instantaneous "zip" at quite a high pitch. I most liken the sound to that of turning on a CRT monitor, though even quicker; it has the same kind of "crackling". It is only a little similar to the sound of blood flow, being heard in the same way, but fantastically faster.
I hear the sounds most when I am lying down, though they can happen at any time. Typically there will be one to four such sounds in as little as a second, with then a gap until the next lot. At their most often there will be tens of them in a minute.
The sounds are not painful, but have grown annoying over the two or so years I have heard them. They also seem to be associated with a slight lightheadedness, but nothing serious. I have not seen a doctor as I fear it would be too vague a presentation. This is not tinnitus or blood flow, and my hearing is otherwise almost 100%.
Can anybody come up with ideas of what the sounds might be, or experience of having similar sounds in the ears? I'm really at a loss of otherwise how to proceed with this mystery problem.