It was physical.


(By an anonymous reader)

About 30 minutes ago, for about 2.5-3 seconds, I felt like there was a fly in both my ears. The fly would have been as wide as my earhole but with carpenter bee wings. The flies did not exist. The sound that was made from this invisible event was heard by my life partner and my cat. Instantly, my partner assumes the sound is a stink-bug and noticed our cat looking for this insect, and she continued to watch him into the next second or two. I have a real calm way of reacting to sudden occurrences. Although I felt the would be flies in my ears, I still looked up for one thinking that it must have been a big one making a sound that was actually making my ears tingle. After 2 or 3 seconds, I realized then confirmed with my partner that there were no insects. I began to recall the experience and realized that I felt the remnants of physical touch, almost pain.

I believe that the sound that my partner and my cat heard came from my ears. My partner does not feel any physical effects and it appears my cat doesn't either, he just went back to sleep. Has anyone ever reported such an experience?


Reply from Sarinne:

Interesting experience!

Almost all cases of tinnitus are "subjective," meaning that only the person with tinnitus can hear it. Rarely, however, there are cases of "objective" tinnitus, in which others can also hear the sounds. Normally they are quite faint, so that a stethoscope is needed for the sounds to be audible to someone else.

The causes of objective tinnitus are different from those of subjective tinnitus. Objective tinnitus might be caused by vascular abnormalities, irregularities in the jaw joint or eustachian tube, or neurologic disorders that cause spasms of muscles in or near the middle ear.

Depending on the cause, the sound of objective tinnitus might be a pulsing whoosh, a low-pitched hum, a rhythmic clicking noise, or a blowing sound.

None of these sounds quite like the experience you describe! Since (in rare cases) objective tinnitus is associated with a serious medical condition such as an aneurysm, a tumor, or multiple sclerosis, if it happens again it would be a good idea to have it checked out by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) physician.

-- Sarinne from Noise Help

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