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Total silence and high pitched tinnitus

Sat, 13th Oct 2012

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Pekka Oilinki, via Facebook asked:

I've experienced a few times where I've been in total silence and this induces a sensation of an annoying high pitch noise. What's that all about?


Peyman -   That could be tinnitus, but because you become aware of it because you're in complete silence and normally, when you go about your daily business, it is masked by sounds from different sounds coming at you from different directions.  So, it could be a case of tinnitus, but then I would suggest, donít pay any attention to it.  Donít start thinking you have tinnitus because remember what I said about psychology.  If you start worrying about tinnitus, you will start to notice it more.


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