by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
A woman explained:
When I nod my head, or shake it from side to side (yes-ing or no-ing), I hear chimes. Kind of like those chime toys that babies have, that when they are touched sway side to side and there’s a little chime inside. Do you know of anyone else that experiences this?
Hearing chimes when you nod or shake your head is not particularly common to be sure, but it is not unknown either. I knew a lady that every time she shook her head she heard the pure tone “F”. You have some thing like she has.
There are all sorts of strange kinds of tinnitus. For example, some people hear a special tinnitus sound when they turn their head all the way right or left, or bend over (somatic tinnitus). Others hear their tinnitus when they move their eyes (gaze-evoked tinnitus). Your tinnitus chimes when you nod or shake your head.
I’m curious how common this kind of tinnitus is. If any of you reading this have a similar kind of tinnitus, I’d love to hear of your experiences.