November 22nd, 2015

This replica of my tinnitus was created using the free program called Audacity. http://audacityteam.org/
I had to generate 3 different 'tones' and combine them before I felt the high-ish noise was close to what I hear.
I then had to search Freesound for something that I only hear beneath the high pitch noise when my house is very quiet, which is something like the sound of strong wind outside a closed window or a power station a mile away. It took me a few hours, and even then I had to manipulate the sound considerably.
Thanks to felix.blume for
This natural wind sound file was equalized and leveled several times, then the sound level was reduced to blend with the high pitch. But it still wasn't right. So, not being an expert with Audacity, I just went down the list of 'effects', trying each one, until I found "Paulstretch", which somehow increases the time length of your sound file, without stretching as in 'elastic', which would deepen the existing tones, and apparently, without copying and pasting. The sound does change somewhat, becoming just slightly ragged, but it's a very interesting effect for this application and actually got used on both elements to produce the final sound.
I hope no one enjoys this sound and can't imagine that anyone will. It makes me feel slightly sick.
Info edited 28 Oct 2021: With my tinnitus at it's current level, I will never, now, be able to reproduce it again, primarily because I can't hear any sounds I create in a detailed way. And secondly, because hearing this version of the sound these days is just too uncomfortable. ūü•≤


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    hear-no-elvis 6 years, 4 months ago

    That's cool Cemeterri. But I'm not really bothered about credit. :¬)

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    Cemeterri 6 years, 4 months ago

    Hi there. Thanks for this, it's perfect. I'm making a very short film trying to explain what it's like to have tinnitus and this should work great for the project. I'm new to FreeSound and would like to credit you properly, I don't know if there's a rule on how to do this or not. If I put "Tinnitus sound: hear-no-elvis at freesound.org" will that work for you?

    thanks so much!

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    rhans217 6 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks! I'm going to use it in my school film project. I will credit you.

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    hear-no-elvis 6 years, 8 months ago

    Thanx fezi,
    I've been aware of mine for 25+ years. Yes, it definitely changes.
    Good luck to you too my friend.

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    fezi 6 years, 8 months ago

    yes, thats quite realistic for showing people how it feels like - in my case, especially the mid and low frequencies are the worst. it is much more easy to habituate the higher frequencies - my opinion of 20 years with several different tinnitus tones and volumes ;-) all the best!

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