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Hearing low fequency tone

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I experience a low hum tone in my ears and it's getting progressively worse. It used to be infrequent but now it's more or less constant. It's like as if there is a low hum sound outside. It only happens when everything is very quiet and still then the hum takes over but stops when there is other sound going on when I speak or when the phone rings, or if I turn on the radio.

Could it be too much caffiene? I don't smoke.

The sound is extremely low on the frequency scale,­ between 30 and 80hz and apparantly according to a report that some people are picking up this low frequency sound that other people can't hear.

This is driving me crazy at night when all it quiet, I just dread the quiet at night. I don't hear it when i'm alseep and dreaming.

Would appreciate any help you care to offer.

Thanks so much

Peter
Cheshire UK


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replied March 13th, 2007
Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders Answer A2426
Sensing or hearing a low frequency tone when everything is quiet could be due to an inner ear disorder. An audiogram can indicate if your hearing is disturbed, or not. You can consult an ENT-specialist about your hearing condition.
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