From an early age I wondered, “What is that constant background sound in my ears?” The sound is a high-frequency pitch and I notice it everywhere. It is either everywhere like the air we breathe around us or it follows me everywhere I go like my shadow.
I notice the sound particularly when it is dead quiet. During waking hours, the sounds of everyday life– even the soft hum of a fan, easily drowns the mystery sound and I completely forget about it until again in the absence of other distracting sounds, I can hear it clearly.
If I focus in on the sound, it becomes ever louder, ever present. I ask myself, “What is that sound?” No answer comes to me. I Sonus Complete Review – does sonus complete really work easily lose focus on the sound and in the presence of everyday noise the mystery once again fades away into the background. I can hear and function perfectly normal so far as I can tell. So I shrug it off and accept the phenomena as part of normal existence.
Some thirty years later I still wonder what the mystery sound is, but this time with decades of left-brain enhancing education behind me and fast forward through the information age to the communication age, I am not content with just being, knowing, and accepting the sound.
Instead, I am determined to understand the sound or at least shine a little light on the mystery. I ‘Google’ until I find websites that document the phenomenon. Within minutes from my comfy sofa, my search for documentation is not only fruitful but abundant, bordering on overwhelming. So I settle even further into my comfortable sofa and I am fast on my way to a knowledge adventure. God bless the age of communication!
It turns out that the phenomenon of head noise is widely documented and recorded early in history; though the exact cause behind the phenomenon still eludes medical experts today. Based on early observations the phenomenon was associated with a medical hearing condition or symptom and is called tinnitus, which is Latin for “ringing”. The condition is loosely defined as a person hearing any number of sounds that do not seem to come from an external source.
There are two kinds of tinnitus-objective and subjective. Objective tinnitus is when the sounds can be heard by someone else and subjective tinnitus is when the sounds can only be heard by you. The sound I hear is definitely subjective and it is called tonal tinnitus, which is described as a continual sound like a single note playing with no end.
Initially doctors examining patients complaining of “ringing” in their ears relegated the sounds as phantom noise since the doctors could not hear the sound themselves (subjective) or could not discern any external source for the sound. Since these same patients also exhibited some loss of hearing, tinnitus became associated with a host of hearing problems. Joan of Arc, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Vincent Van Gogh are a few famous people known to have suffered from tinnitus.