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the Music of the Spheres

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 18:32 by Ananth in response to lil' yuko and the music of the spheres

Tinnitus, for folks who are curious. 

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oh no

Comment by Hammer (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 19:08

I thought everyone heard that D:

Same thing

Comment by kuugun (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 19:24

The same sort of thing happened to me! I've had tinnitus my whole life, but I didn't realize that I HAD tinnitus until about a year ago.

When you've always heard it you just assume that it's normal I guess.

That's too adorable. I have

Comment by Jasmine P (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 19:42

That's too adorable. I have slight tinnitus because of not wearing ear plugs at a few too many shows, now I need to remember to take them with me so keep it from getting worse D:

Me too.

Comment by Fey (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 20:11

I flunked a hearing test in elementary school because I couldn't differentiate between the tones I was supposed to identify and the tones I heard all the time.

This absolutely mirrors my

Comment by Alex (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 20:24

This absolutely mirrors my experiences as well. When I was little I just assumed that's the way ears worked, but something must have Tinnitussed them up real good pretty early on.


Comment by tudza (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 20:56

Sure it wasn't the television tube or some other high frequency electrical device?

This is about the only thing

Comment by Sarah (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 21:01

This is about the only thing my dad and Yuko have in common.

I didn't realize I had

Comment by Joe (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 21:34

I didn't realize I had constant tinnitus until the last JW comic about Yuko's.
It's always worse when I'm actively thinking about it.


Comment by Emi (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 21:47

I know that feeling, Yuko.

One of my earliest memories

Comment by Sean (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 21:48

One of my earliest memories was sitting in my bed before anyone else had woken up and hearing that hum and wondering what it was. I had to be around five. I didn't know it was tinnitus until I listened to a Skeptoid podcast about it.

it all makes sense!

Comment by Aly (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:07

I thought everyone heard it. O.O I used to think that's what people meant when they said silence was deafening!

that thing

Comment by MyOwnTree (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:07

that is a thing I have done. My ears are actually ringing so bad right now that I have been (futilely) turning up my music to drown it out. When I laughed and shared today's page with my husband... he gave me the same look as Yuko's mom, shook his head, and went back to his computer.

Little Yuko is just too cute

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:32

Little Yuko is just too cute XD

I was so confused as a child

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/22/2013 - 22:58

I was so confused as a child as to why no one else could hear it. My ears are actually ringing as I type this, oy. Poor sleep patterns as of late thus increased ringing.


Comment by Number Seven (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 00:43

So that's what that is. And here I just thought I was going crazy.

Ugh, I hate seeing MS pop up as a possible cause of things I have. I've been terrified of it since I did a project on the disease in fifth grade (when we picked diseases, I thought it would be neat because we share initials. Mom thought it was funny because we both get on people's last nerves. Ha. Ha.)


Tinnitus isn't as bad if you say it like you're the Diabetes guy.

You know who I'm talking about.


I'm Wilford Brimley, and

Comment by Casey (not verified) Thu, 01/24/2013 - 05:27

I'm Wilford Brimley, and I've got Tianeetus.

When I was a little kid I

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 01:11

When I was a little kid I thought I had the super power of hearing radiation. I thought I was listening to the leftover background radiation from the big bang!

ahh I can so relate!

Comment by Mer (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 01:29

"is that the planet moving" oh lawdy that's precious xD I never thought about the ringing like that, even as a kid.

Like many people, it was only recently that I realized I had tinnitus. I remember I used to get hearing tests done often as a kid, and as part of the test they'd put me in a soundproof booth and get me to press a button every time I heard a beep. Each beep would vary in tone and in volume, and sometimes they'd get real quiet. I always got confused and mistook the tinnitus for a quiet high-pitched beep, and I'd be pressing the button when nothing was actually there. The attendant would always look at me as if I were an idiot and chastise me with, "only when you hear the beep!" Yeesh! You think they would've caught on that I had tinnitus ><

Well damn

Comment by Parismio (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 02:19

I always hear a lil buzzing sound whenever it is dead silent. Is it related to my left ear being deaf? Hmm. I never knew what to call that.

I always thought it was the

Comment by Grable (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 03:32

I always thought it was the sound the TV made when you turned it off.

ACTUALLY, I'm really glad

Comment by Grable (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 04:04

ACTUALLY, I'm really glad this came up like this, because I've known about my tinnitus for some time now, and I was kind of worried that I was blowing my ears out with all my newfangled rock music. This comic reminded me that I had noticed it when I was like 7-8, so I know it's not a recent development. Thanks guys!

As a kid I noticed that tvs

Comment by Japey (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:26

As a kid I noticed that tvs made that noise when they were turned off.. so I always thought I was just hearing general electricity every where I went.

I actually hear that noise

Comment by Spizzy (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 17:53

I actually hear that noise when the tv is turned on, to the point I go and turn people's tvs off if they're not really watching them (oooo and I hated when they'd leave slideshows playing on the tv at school. Apparently no one can hear this sound either, but it gets on my last nerve, and I can hear it clear across a building!). I always thought I was hearing electricity as well but when I think about it, I did have a really bad ear infection when I was little so maybe that's where mine comes from. I can hear it most times but it doesn't bother me

Something different... I think

Comment by Annie (not verified) Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:50

I don't have tinnitus, but I do hear some TVs. Older ones (the projection type ones) especially do make a noise, and it gets worse as they get older. Apparently it's an actual noise though, and it's something that's hard for people to hear, especially older people. Most people lose that part of their hearing as they age. It's like, have you ever heard of mosquito ring tones? Kids in high school have them, so they can hear their phone ring but their teachers can't. I always heard the TVs in school as well, but only a couple other people could. I also hear most of those security-scan machines, and hardly anyone else can. But I don't hear ringing when it's quite. So you might have tinnitus, or you can just hear high frequency sound well.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 04:11


Even though it Tinnitus...

Comment by Ramiel (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 05:14

I like to believe that you are one of the few hundreds who can actually hear the residual echos from the Big Bang.


Comment by Ben (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 08:21

I've developed tinitus in recent years. Not so much that it causes me to loose sleep (apart from that one night where it was so bad I started crying from distress) - I've started turning down my television to near mute levels and staying well clear of all my musical instruments (which are all very loud electronic synthesizers).

I just don't want any kind of hearing loss. :c


Comment by Ducky (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 11:11

i started getting the buzzy sound in my ears at night in 10th grade. headphones i suppose. because of your last comic on tinitus, i know what it is, so thanks, :P

Y'know, I always thought

Comment by Macca (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 12:30

Y'know, I always thought knowledge of tinnitus was a common thing. Everyone I've ever talked to has known what "ringing in the ears" was. It's weird to encounter all these testaments of people having no idea.

Also, if you get real quiet just about everyone can hear SOMEthing. Sometimes it's just your brain making noise to fill the gap - phantom noise if you will. Tinnitus is only a medical problem if it interferes with your life. It can get bad enough to drive a person bonkers, but that's pretty rare.

Thats what I thought. My

Comment by Leah (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:49

Thats what I thought. My ear ringing is intermittent so I don't really consider myself to have Tinnitus. Sometimes I hear it. Sometimes I don't. Sometimes it irritates me but most often I can ignore it.

I am pretty surprised at all of the people who say they experience it all the time though. I thought most people heard it intermittently like I do but maybe not.


Comment by 13thprotector (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 12:44


It's that white noise that keeps one up at night, that sound in the back of your head.
So many mysteries. So many miseries.

White Noise Machine

Comment by Japey (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:23

And thats why I can't sleep without the fan running at night - otherwise the ringing keeps me up.

As a child I thought I could just hear all the electricity in the air.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:45

What if Yuko's tinnitus is a unique ability to hear the fangirl squees of JW fans? Because I made a rather high pitched "eeee" sound yesterday when I received my copy of JW vol. 3! XD

But in all seriousness, thanks for explaining tinnitus and hope all is well :)

Holy Molly

Comment by Hakkaeni (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:12

So that's the name of this obnoxious ringing sound, uh?

I knew it was something related to hearing too many loud sounds but since I've had it since I was very young (p-much like Yuko) I figured it was a normal thing...

I thought this was gonna be

Comment by Rick (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:53

I thought this was gonna be something though-provoking and sweet and it turns out it's just tinnitus.

Thank you for pulling the rug out from under me with that, baby Yuko.

Same here

Comment by Webcomic Fanboi (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:59

Lot's of ear issues as a child, many surgeries, tubes, adenoid removal... Wasn't the loudest kid when I was young but distinctly remember my frustrated mother one day asking:

"Do you know what quiet sounds like?"

"Peaceful but with that low buzzing noise that you hear all the time"

Wasn't until years later learning about tinnitus where I finally understood that puzzled look she gave me.

For those of you blessed with not being able to hear it... Describe it like this

"Do you remember those hearing tests in school when you were young, they put headphones on you and made you raise a hand for which side the tone was coming from? That tone, constantly when it's quiet. I used to not be able to hear the lowest tones on that spectrum because I would lose it in the buzzing of the tinnitus"

I've come to terms with it, just always have something on that makes a low, low noise. Because if you put me in a dead quiet room I've got about 10 minutes before it becomes unbearable.


Comment by Rin-Rin (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 16:13

My mom gave me that same look. I was probably in kindergarten when I asked my mom what that buzzing noise was that I heard all the time. She said that maybe I could hear the fax machine in my neighbor's house. I'm happy that this is not an unusual thing.

I like your version better

Comment by Jimmy (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 16:44

Somehow the sound isn't as bad if I think of it as the music of the spheres.

I normally have the radio on very low overnight to help sleep through it.

I always thought

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 17:24

I always thought that I was just hearing the electricity buzzing through the house. I can hear the TV when it's on, and tinnitus sounds just like that.

nooooope. *sigh*. I wonder what complete silence is like...

If you try and listen to it

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 17:52

If you try and listen to it when it happens, it drags out a lot longer.

I have tinnitus so bad I can

Comment by Jack T Robyn (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 18:09

I have tinnitus so bad I can hear it clearly over the computer, two monitors and a humidifier.

I have tinnitus that comes and goes...

Comment by Alcedine (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 18:57

It's probably genetic from how bad my dad's hearing is, but I like your explanation better, Yuko :)

On mother's side, both of my

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 19:50

On mother's side, both of my grandparents are deaf, and my mom as well. They all have hearing aids, and when something goes a little wrong they make a high pitched ringing sound (audible to everyone), but all they have to do to stop it is turn the volume down. It's a tiny little dial on the hearing-aid.

I have on-and-off tinnitus, from a slight hearing loss of my own, and when I was a little kid and had no idea what it was, I just assumed it was the same thing that was happening to my grandparents/mother. So whenever I heard it, I would put my hand up to my ear and move my fingers as though I were turning the volume down. Eventually it would fade away, so...I assumed it was working. Years later, as well, I found out that was untrue xD

This fills me with a deep

Comment by Jubal (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 20:04

This fills me with a deep sorrow.

Opposite of tinnitus?

Comment by Meddi (not verified) Wed, 01/23/2013 - 21:40

I have something similar to tinnitus but not quite.. I only hear a buzzing/static when LOUD noises occur. Like at concerts with all the cheering, etc, I'll hear a staticky noise in my left ear but once it quiets down, it goes away. As far as I know there's no name for this but does anyone else have this?

This could beeee~

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 01/24/2013 - 00:58

What you're probably hearing is mild/moderate hearing damage. I advice you to have a set of ear plugs with you when you go to loud events. Also, might be a good idea to get both your ears checked to make sure nothing is wrong.

Haha! I can totally relate

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 01/24/2013 - 12:38

Haha! I can totally relate to this, because my mother gave me a strange look when I asked hr this question when I was younger.

Just being a nerd here

Comment by Evilweirdo (not verified) Thu, 01/24/2013 - 14:24

Hearing the planet, hmm?

Ah, that must suck... wait a minute...

Comment by Illia (not verified) Fri, 01/25/2013 - 01:56

I just realized I do hear something when it's dead silent... but now I can't unhear it :(

It has a name!?

Comment by Mr. Morningstar (not verified) Fri, 01/25/2013 - 15:07

Wow, I have literally been hearing that noise since forever.
I was born deaf, but thanks to an operation I can hear perfectly fine now. So,I guess thats why I hear it.

I asked my mom and dad what it was but my parents had no idea what I was talking about either.

My brother and I have had ear infections so we always thought it was completely normal and everyone heard it.

Thanks for telling us it has a name!