I’ve had tinnitus in both ears for years. Mine generally sounds like cicadas (insects) in the summer, rather than like a tone. In the last few weeks the tinnitus in my right ear has changed.
In addition to the cicadas, which are still there, there’s a new sound that’s intermittently present. It’s hard to describe, but maybe it sounds like change (coins) or keys rattling together but higher in pitch. Maybe like broken glass falling. Usually I hear individual “tinkles” that occur randomly anywhere from a second apart down to a small fraction of a second apart, though sometimes they sound almost continuous. And sometimes I don’t hear it at all. But this is definitely new.
I have had a mild upper respiratory problem since mid-December that’s almost gone now. In December, my GP doc told me I had a slight inflammation in my right ear. In January, my ENT could not detect any inflammation there. It is during that period that I first noticed this new sound in my right ear, but I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t there before. It is still present and hasn’t changed noticeably.
So, has anyone else experienced this kind of tinnitus change? Any comments?