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I have never heard silence

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Matt Till, Feb 5, 2003.

  1. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Guys, could anyone explain this to me. Since I was a kid, I've heard a constant ringing in my head. I could blame it on loud music/bass playing, but I remeber being 4 and going downstairs and saying, "mom I can't sleep, something sounds like TV static." It was in my ears. That's why I hate silence, because when there isn't silence, other noises are distacting me. When it is silent, I hear nothing but the ringing in my head. :(

    On a slightly similar note: Do deaf people hear anything? I mean, I know they can't hear, but do they hear any annoying ringing? Because there was a point (pre musician years) where I thought being deaf would be better than the constant ringing. But if I was deaf except for to the ringing, I'd go drink some anti-freeze or go swimming with a pluged in toaster or something.
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Sounds like you got what me and alot of people have had since birth. Tinnius... or.... tinnituis... or...something like that. When there is no noise, you hear like, a tv on without the volume on? the ring? if you get it later on in life, it makes some people blow their brains out. One theory is that alot of musicians have this since birth, and listen to music and like it so much becasue the vibrations in the music to the ear drown out and may help it....at the time,,, and without it being to loud, that is. I have it ALWAYS, the ring that is, i can hear it now. I also (and terry to!) have an out of line jaw. there are some cases (like me and terrys) where it is ALWAYS there. not just sometimes.
  3. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Oh yeah, it's all the time for me. I try not to pay attention to it. There have been times where it has driven me to extreme anger. I'll just get so sick of it I'll flip out. It's rare though. Most of the time I get really bummed.
  4. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Yeah, i'll flip out over it to sometimes,,, i try to just ignore it most of the time,,,, lets see,,,, terry had a thread on the illness a while back. alot of people have ringing in the ears sometimes, but thats not the illness, it's only temporary, like after loud music and stuff. Try to find it,,, if i could rember the damn name of it........
  5. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I hear TV noises and such, but I don't constantly hear a ringing, but then again, this thread has lead me to believe that I have never actually been in 100% silence, maybe I have, but I can't remember it, there is always some noise, there is some noise somewhere, not in my head, but around me...I don't think I've ever been in a 100% soundproof room...I've been to recording studios and in iso chambers, but there always seems to be a little bit of noise.
  6. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    yes, i've had it since i was little as well. the loud music didn't make it any better though :(
  7. I've had it for many years. Drive me crazy when I'm trying to sleep. My wife and I have a air cleaner running in the bedroom at night to make noise, otherwise it would make me insane.

    I'm a piano tuner, and it sometimes makes it very difficult to do my job. Learned to deal with it, though.
  8. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I don't think there are any completely silent places. Certainly, recording studios aren't. The closest thing would be an anacolic (sp?) chamber, I suppose. But even then, there's the noise that you make.

    Technically, vacuums are silent. But you can't really be in a vacuum, so you couldn't experience the silence.
  9. I've had it as long as I can remember. I've learned to block it out, though. I can't hear it now unless I'm thinking about it.

    I can't really say that music does anything for it, though.
  10. Jay


    Oct 19, 2000
    Bidwell, OH
    But I'm pretty sure the cause of it. When I was a kid, I had very narrow ear canals. The doctors wanted to put tubes in my ears, but my dad wouldn't allow it. Since then, I've always had that TV static/ringing noise going on. Concerts elevate this symptom moreso in me than others, but the intense ringing goes away after a day or two.

    It's pissed me off a bit at times, but I can't help it so I may as not be angry about it. Another weird thing is that I'm really sensitive to the sound monitors and TVs (without volume) make. Ex. I'll hear someone across the house turn on a muted TV then ask someone else what the sound was. No one else ever hears what I hear. Weird, eh?
  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    ..."Heartbreaker" by Led Zepplin helps.

    In all seriousness, I too experience that perpetual ringing.
  12. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    Me too.
  13. What you might be hearing is your own blood flow in your ears.

    I also have a hissing in my ears in quiet situations, and I know its worse when I work out and get my heart rate/blood pressure up.

    just a thought.
  14. Me too!!!!:(
    Same here...the more I think about it, the more it bugs me.:mad:
  15. I've had it for many years. Definitely get checked out by an ear specialist. If you currently aren't, start using hearing protection in loud playing situations. Currently there is no cure for it and it can continue to get worse if you abuse your hearing. In extreme cases it can lead to serious depression.
  16. Anechoic chamber...the spelling is easier to remember if you just think of 'echo' (in the center of the word).:)
  17. :) (guess I'll put this bottle down for [hic] awhile) :D

    Good explanation... lots to learn from your post.
  18. I've got ringing, I'm able to ignore it most of the time though. I can't tell if I was born with it or if I did it to myself. Sometimes I can hear it pretty clearly, other times I barely hear it at all. Though I agree about there never being a thing such as silence, just very quiet and soft noise.
  19. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

    this is very interesting, and very different than what i had previously thought....

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