5 Minute Tinnitus Test: Guide to Match Your Tinnitus Pitch

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5 Minute Tinnitus Test

In this post you will learn how to match your tinnitus pitch using an online tutorial video and images. Individuals who want to test their tinnitus to understand more about the condition will benefit from this guide. It is important to set up this test correctly. Please be in a quiet room and use good headphones.

The Best Free Tinnitus Pitch Matching Online Tutorial:

Below this text you’ll see a graphic. This is from audionotch.com. And this is a survey of 1300 people using their software who matched their tinnitus tone. And you can see that the vast majority of people are centered around 8000 hertz.

Most of you are going to find your tinnitus pitch frequency between 4000 and 10,000 hertz. So what is important here is that if you select pure tone, that’s going to give you the best chance of matching your tinnitus.

The whole time here, you’re going to be comparing your tinnitus in a very quiet place with good headphones to these tones. So let’s say that you think your tinnitus is closer to 12,000 hertz. So what we’re going to do next is we’re going to go to 14,000.

And press play. And then we’re going to compare that to 12,000. And press play. Each time we’re comparing two different tones, and you’re going to slowly get closer and closer to what your tone is continue doing this back and forth, back and forth, until you get to within a few hundred hertz. A good range is between 200 and 600 hertz.

If you’re within a few hundred hertz of your tinnitus, then you’re close enough I don’t recommend continuing on there’s a minimum point that we can hear a difference in frequency. So it does you know good to try to match the exact frequency in this example. After it was all said and done, we found that our tinnitus frequency matched 10,000 hertz.

Keep in mind here that you can control the volume because most people need different volumes for the different frequency that they hear. When you’re comparing. You do need to make sure that you can hear both of the sounds that you’re comparing. So don’t get too caught up on the exact specific number of your tinnitus frequency.

There was a study that looked at the difference someone can tell between different frequencies and the minimum difference level in the area around 8000 hertz was between 200 and 600 hertz. So there’s a very big window of variability. So don’t get too caught up on saying this specific number is by tinnitus, it’s likely within that range.

Okay, so there you have it. Now you have your tinnitus pitch. So what do you do now, there is some software out there to create an audio notch profile for you. I don’t strongly recommend that to my patients. If that’s something you’re interested in, you can check it out.

The clinical therapy that I use most tinnitus retraining therapy, the exact pitch or frequency of your tinnitus is not so important. So what’s the most important thing is to keep studying keep learning, use our online resources here as a guide. Please join our newsletter to stay up to date with research and other resources.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Au.D.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Au.D.

Dr. Ben Thompson is an audiologist in California and founder of Pure Tinnitus. Dr. Thompson has a comprehensive knowledge of tinnitus management. He completed his residency at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and is a past board member of the California Academy of Audiology. Via telehealth, Dr. Thompson provides services to patients with hearing loss and tinnitus.

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