Hearing Sound Waves That Are Not There Causes And Treatment

Question: Why do I keep hearing a sound like I am at the beach in my ear? It is annoying and I cannot pop my ear. What can cause waves like sound in my ears; I also hear sound like underwater. What are the causes of hearing sounds that aren’t there?

Answer: Hearing of sound waves when they are not there is a symptom of Tinnitus. This is usually a subjective phenomenon.

You seem to be suffering from the same diseases i.e. Tinnitus

Symptom Of Tinnitus

Almost everyone has experienced an occasional ringing or hissing, buzzing or tinkling in their ears.

The sound usually lasts only a few minutes. If it becomes persistent you may have tinnitus.

Condition leading to hearing sound waves or tinnitus:

  • This type of hearing abnormality is usually caused by damage to the nerves in the inner ear from prolonged exposure to loud noise.
  • Buzzing sound in ears.

Other treatable causes include:

Causes Of Hearing Sound Waves

  • External ear:- Excess accumulation of Wax, polyp, foreign body, cerumen.
  • Middle ear:- Inflammation, blockage in the Eustachian tube.
  • Internal ear:- Meniere’s disease, suppuration in internal ear, otosclerosis.
  • Dental problems.
  • Drinking excessive alcohol.
  • Drugs like streptomycin, salicylates, quinine.
  • Migraine, anemia, temporo- mandibular joint disease, cervical spondylosis are some non auditory causes of tinnitus.

Treatment For Hearing Sound Waves

  • To protect your hearing and relieve the sound of waves limit or avoid exposure to loud noises, such as music, power tools, gunshots and industrial machinery.
  • Cut back caffeine, alcohol, nicotine.
  • Remove ear wax.
  • Treat your dental problems
  • Try to relax; stress and fatigue seem to make it worse.
  • Limit the use of aspirin.
  • Put 20 to 40mgs of extract of ginko bilobainto your ears for one month. This will dilate the blood vessels in the inner ear and increase the blood flow.


  1. BM said:

    Both me and my brother can hear a radio playing when there is no radio actually. We both are not schizophrenic and we aren’t hearing voices. Some times randomly we can hear something that sounds like a radio playing. Is there any sort of scientific explanation?

    June 1, 2012
    • Trish said:

      Do yo have a fish tank in the house? I have heard this before, especially when there was a fish tank in the house. Something to do with the water absorbing sound. I could even make out distinctive songs/tunes.

      September 8, 2017
  2. Sharry said:

    I am hearing sound wave in my left ear since one month. It’s not painful but I’m worried if it would lead to something bad. I’m unable to concentrate on my task because the wave sound distracts me all the time. Need help.

    September 14, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Probably the sound wave that you are experiencing is due to accumulation of wax in the ear. There may be other reasons as well; you have to consult an ENT specialist to rule out any other cause. Meanwhile put few drops of oil in your ears. The wax will dissolve and come out.

      September 14, 2012
  3. Vicks said:

    I am 14 years old and a couple days ago I went swimming and I thought there was water in my ear but now I am hearing waves and sounds like a heartbeat. It is really painful and my mother refuses to take me to the ENT. It has been like this for a couple days.

    July 18, 2016

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