Living with tinnitus What is tinnitus? 2. What does tinnitus sound like? Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears, but each individual's experience can differ. The video below will give you an insight into what tinnitus sounds like for those who live with it, having electronically recreated the noises that they hear in their head. You might hear different types of sound, for example ringing, buzzing, whooshing or humming. The noise may be low, medium or high‑pitched or the sound could vary between these. You may experience just one noise, or several. The sound may be constant or it may come and go intermittently. Occasionally people have tinnitus that can seem like a familiar tune or song. This is known as musical halucination or musical tinnitus. Some people have tinnitus which has a beat in time with their heartbeat. This is called pulsatile tinnitus.