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why do our ears ring in silence

It depends whether you hear an actual high-pitched noise, which would be tinnitus, or if you hear the faint buzzing that all people hear. This is because your brain always tries to find something to register. In the dark, your eyes will always be looking for something to see. The ringing in your ears is your brain trying to register what s in the room, and if there s no real impulse to deal with it will register this ringing.

I found this quote on a site about tinnitus: Nearly everyone experiences ear noise; in total silence, most people will report hearing faint buzzing, pulsing, or whirring sounds, the normal compensatory activity of the nerves in the hearing pathway.

It s when these sounds are intrusive that it becomes tinnitus.
[QUOTE="krazykillaz"]Sounds like you have Tinnitus. is tinnitus normal? do many people have it?

I do. I m also lucky enough to have another component added on to my tinnitus, a high senstivity to loudness. I wear earplugs in the car, cannot attend at rock concert, I cannot be within 300 feet of a lawn mower, I cannot ever again wear a pair of headphones. People shouting heart, sound of cars passing hurts, sirens, even far away.

Luckly, its only in my left ear. Lucky me. Even better, the sound does not bother me in silence. I can simply tune it out. Half of the time I don't even hear it. (more like 80%) but its always there if I try to focus on it again.

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