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Soft ear ringing in a very quiet soundproof room

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by beamthegreat, Jan 14, 2010.
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  1. rikk009
    Never been in a soundproof room so can't say but right now I am wearing foam earplugs and I hear ringing. Is this tinnitus?
  2. Ancipital
    Yes, simply. Lack of input causes it, to simplify (sometimes it's a mechanical thing, sometimes it's in the brain- similar things happen with long-term sight loss, often).
  3. old tech
    What you are hearing is your brain's noise floor.
    It is the same with vision in a totally dark room, or closing your eyes at night - the star like patterns you see is also your brain's white noise.
  4. edstrelow Contributor
    I spent my years as a graduate student with access to scientific grade sound proof rooms and would  hear noises when I went in.  However it was not ringing, rather you could hear things like the sound of your own pulse.  Too much white noise or ringing could indeed be tinnitus.
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