Ping Tinnitus Survey
Tinnitus (or 'ringing in the ears') describes the general sensation of noise which is only perceived by the individual experiencing it. There are various categories of tinnitus. It may be continuous, like an unbroken sound (analogy the sound of cicadas), or to some extent pulsating (as if triggered or modulated by periodic heart beat, having complex sound patterns).
This questionnaire is concerned with another class of aural sensation which is not generally continuous, nor strictly periodic. It appears as one-off events, which may even occur relatively frequently and may be accompanied by non-audible sensations. Rather than being too specific we are trying to allow for respondees to define such a sensation from their experience. By all means submit further responses if you have more considered views to add.
This form of tinnitus has been coined the name "Ping" tinnitus (also known as Spontaneous tinnitus) is like other forms of tinnitus, since it is heard without there being an actual sound in the environment. Being short-lived, the Ping mostly does not cause the kind of trauma that some tinnitus sufferers report. It seems to be experienced by people with and without other types of tinnitus. Indeed many people reading this may only now recognise "ping" tinnitus as something they have experienced, but ignored, for years. Although it is a common painless experience, there is much which we could still learn about the phenomenon, particularly the mechanisms which give rise to it. Please work through the questions, making selections or comments as required, and when you are satisfied, press the submit button.
Your response is completely anonymous unless you choose otherwise. However, if you would like to receive the results of the survey when they are published, or if you would be willing to participate in a more detailed survey, you can leave a name and email address. Your survey responses will still be treated in complete confidence.
Eric L. LePage, Ph.D. Research Scientist
[The format and general content of this survey received Ethics Committee approval at National Acoustic Laboratories, 2003. In this 2011 revision, all Yes/No answers are treated as "No" unless "Yes" is chosen. ]