For the past month, just as I’m falling asleep I hear a really loud bang. The first couple times it happened, I got up and looked out the window, convinced that someone was shooting a shotgun outside my house. I started to suspect that I was just hearing things because it didn’t ever seem to wake up anyone else. It happens to me a few times a week now. As a matter of fact, it happened to me just a few minutes ago. I was just dozing off when, BANG, I hear what sounds like a balloon popping right beside my head (or more precisely, inside my head). Well there was no going back to sleep for me after that. I decided to do a little research and wouldn’t you know it, there is actually a name for this condition. It’s called “Explosive Tinnitus”. No one knows what causes it although it appears to be harmless. The case studies I read describe exactly what I am experiencing. Loud banging, like a gun shooting, just as the patient was falling or had already fallen asleep. It’s happened to me a few times while I was already asleep. It really scaried the crap out of me!
Leave me a comment if you experience this too. There aren’t many documented cases in the scientific literature but some suspect that explosize tinnitus is drastically underrecognized.