The topic of tinnitus recurs regularly in our discussions. Recently, I asked about it in my one-week survey. The numbers surprised me.
23.52% of voters (1155 people) recalled Berenstein Bears, but not Berenstain Bears.
20.81% of voters (1022 people) reported having tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
What we can’t tell from that survey is whether or not they’re the same people. My software only recorded the number of votes… nothing identifying which individuals checked which responses.
However, from related comments, it seems — only seems — as if there’s a connection. At least some people who’ve experienced the Mandela Effect have also had tinnitus, often as a chronic issue.
Correlation, significant connection, or coincidence? I’m not sure. We have far too little evidence to decide one way or the other, but I’ll admit the speculation is fun.
Tinnitus is described as a ringing, hum, or other static-like sound in the ears. Many people perceive it as an internal issue; some are sure it’s something outside that they’re hearing due to hypersensitive hearing.
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, about 5 to 10 percent of the population experiences chronic tinnitus.
I’m one of them. Until I was about 20 years old, I thought everyone heard this sound. I was absolutely astonished when I learned otherwise.
If you’d like more information, the American Tinnitus Association has an excellent website, including some recordings to help you describe what you’re hearing: https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts/symptoms.
In a 25 Sep 2015 comment, Stephanie White was one of the first to suggest a connection between those who experience (or at least notice) the Mandela Effect, and tinnitus:
I am starting to notice a connection between “physical symptoms” to people who remember the alternate timelines. I don’t know if it means anything but is there any possible way we could start a poll here – on people who might be having – ear ringing, joint pain, and upset stomach? I know that it makes no sense – but since I first found out about the alternate timelines and at first I didn’t want to pay attention in May – I noticed that my ears ring constantly – and there is NO physical reason why I should be hearing it – there is NO problem with my ears. At times the sound ramps up – at times it is like on a volume control in the car.
In an 8 Oct 2015 comment, Martin Williams gave a brilliant description, and raised an interesting question:
For me the whistle hum, it’s not all the time, haven’t had one in months. It’s like someone blowing a high pitched ultrasonic whistle but it is also a low hum behind it but the whistle over powers the hum a bit. It rises in tone just a little, but it tends to be more “mechanical” in nature rather than “natural” if you understand what i mean.. Every so often I hear it but no one else does. It does make me wonder if we are not somehow hearing the worlds slide past each other..
Mike H. and I engaged in a discussion about tinnitus, GABA (as a possible cure), sleep, and melatonin. That led to a pineal gland reference in one of Mike H’s comments:
[About melatonin] It’s made in the pineal gland. It’s what many cultures consider/considered the “third eye”. I am starting to wonder if this gland doesn’t come into play also with ME.
The pineal gland might be relevant to the Mandela Effect. I know that David Wilcock has a lot to say about the gland and how it relates to his cosmic consciousness theories. I’m trying to catch up on his views right now, via his Gaiam TV series, and I may read at least one of his books to get the footnotes I’m looking for.
If there really is a pineal-tinnitus connection (ref. http://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/theres-a-link-between-serotonin-and-tinnitus.275/, etc. ), that could be very interesting. In the current survey, I’ve been astonished by the apparent correlation between Berenstein Bears memories and tinnitus.
Others noted that they have tinnitus as well, including ayla, Ben, Curious Empath, Jason Hall, Jelz, K Parker, Nate, Stephanie, and many more.
Martin Williams offered another theory about tinnitus and the Mandela Effect:
I think the tinnitus is a signpost, because I think that the worlds collide and crash. Sometimes they just slide together, transferring people and even creatures (cryptids)… [perhaps] some of the more sensitive, those who experienced several slides, can hear something of it.
Note: The topic of cryptids could be relevant, but it could easily take us off-topic if we wander down the cryptozoology path. So, I’ll be cautious about approving comments that are more about cryptids than Mandela Effect. However, for those who want some cryptid trivia, this link takes you to a list of cryptids that turned out to be real: Listverse.com – Top 10 Cryptids…
S added a comment that’s not tinnitus, as I understand it, but this could be relevant if the anomalous sounds she describes are markers related to transfer points (time or space) between realities:
…if I am meditating or as I’m falling asleep, I can hear a sound that’s not sound. To describe it, I’d say it’s like a slightly detuned radio, on loud but through a wall. You know, where there’s talking or music, but it’s indistinct and covered by static…you get the feeling that if you could just listen closely enough, you could make out what the words are or what the song is…but focusing on it distorts it.
I’m distinguishing that from tinnitus because I regularly hear that kind of sound — like a radio, but not quite close enough to understand — and I’ve wondered if it’s what people hear when they think their (metal) dental fillings or orthodontics are picking up radio signals.
For me, that “radio sound” is completely different than the “whistle hum” of tinnitus, but I can’t rule out a connection between both kinds of sounds and alternate realities. If there is a connection, I’m not sure if it’s internal — an alarm or something people might call “psychic” — or an indication of physical proximity to a transfer point (gateway)… if “physical” is even an appropriate word in this context.
In a 12 Oct 2015 comment, Daniel raised an interesting question:
Could people who experience unceasing tinnitus be a part of an experiment or “foreign” nation? Take the “Cherokee ” Nation for instance who have stated they are from the Pleiades star system.
And, in another of Daniel’s comment that day, the A/E topic entered the discussion:
Tinnitus. We are vibrating at an E frequency!!!
Listen to the viola at an E note and compare it to A note. The E is a higher frequency than the A. I’m just a little shocked after having family member play this chord and it makes a lot of sense.
We are attempting to work at a vibrational field lower than the one we are currently on (Berenstain).
On 17 Oct 2015, Daniel added this in reply to one of Stephanie’s comments:
Stephanie you are sounding really glitchy. Can you possibly pinpoint what hz frequency you’re on? Can try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riQKt7Qn0uI. Does your tinnitus change tunes?
(Wonder if listening to Gaga’s songs could be changing your frequencies. I ran into information concerning tuning at 432hz although the actual chord for A is 440hz . The Great Pyramid in Egypt is said to have a frequency of 440hz. 432Hz seems to have an additional grounding effect with a difference of 8. Like the mandated change of analog to digital, there is a push to tune at 432hz versus 440)
In one of Mike H’s comments, in which he replied to Daniel, he mentioned this:
… I think you understand the analog/digital. For example your 432 hz. Analog warm, natural . 440 hz. Digital cold, artificial. The tinnitus and frequencies , you might just be on to something with this.
I agree, and wonder how this might relate to the mandated (in some countries) change from analog broadcasts to digital. (See Digital television transition at Wikipedia.) Was something space-time involved, or perceived as a potential problem… something far removed from the popular conspiracy theories? (Note: I’m referencing those so — whether or not they have merit — we don’t go down those particular paths.)
It’s amusing to consider the fringe possibilities… but, while they sound like pure sci-fi to me, maybe they’re not so “fringe,” after all. (I know just enough about sound-related topics to be dangerous in a serious discussion. Feel free to point out the absurdities. I won’t be offended.)
More tinnitus references are scattered throughout this site, but those are the comments that seem most useful to pursue, looking for a tinnitus-Mandela Effect connection.
Is it possible that tinnitus indicates something about us, about our sensitivities, or is tinnitus some kind of marker? (If it is, it’s following me around. I generally experience tinnitus 24/7.)
Do people with tinnitus “hear” an audio marker, or something related to a conduit between realities?
What are your thoughts about tinnitus and how it might connect to the Mandela Effect?
Note: I’m distinguishing tinnitus from “the Hum,” because the reports seem different. They might be different aspects of the same thing, but — for now, anyway — I’d like to keep them on separate pages (literally). So, I’ll create another article/topic for “the Hum,” so our tinnitus conversations stay relatively focused.