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5 Weird noises our body makes and what they really mean

Ever been embarrassed at an interview because your gut made a weird noise? Well, our body does often make weird noises that we have no idea about. Here are few such sounds and the reasons behind them.

Mind Body By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Sep 06, 2015

Whistling in your nose

A whistling sound from the nose is a sign of hindrance in the airflow and indicates presence of excess mucus in the nasal passages. If you hear a whistling sound during cold or otherwise, clear things out with a decongestant or use antihistamine in case of allergies. If you ever had nasal trauma, whistling may also indicate a tear in the cartilage between the nostrils.


A number of things such as virus or bright lights may trigger a reflex reaction that runs from your brain to the diaphragm, thus stimulating a sneeze. However, some people make a loud noise when they sneeze. The loudness depends on volume of the lungs, size of the trachea or strength of the abs. Chronic sneezing may be a sign of an allergy.

Whooshing in your ears

A whooshing sound that you often hear inside your ears while lying with the head on a pillow usually occurs due to the movement of blood through the carotid artery and jugular vein. The sound becomes noticeable when external noise is blocked. Whooshing without obstructed hearing could be a sign of a blood vessel blockage or any other abnormality.

Ringing in your ears

Ringing in one or both ears is known as tinnitus. The hair cells inside the ear translate sound waves into electrical signals which are then sent to the brain. However, if these hair cells are damaged due to infection or a very loud noise, they send a continuous signal to your brain. If the ringing lasts for more than a couple of days, you could have experienced a serious injury to the ear.


Belching is the sound of air escaping your stomach. You can reduce burps by eating slowly with closed mouth and skipping carbonated drinks. Burps accompanied by a burning pain the chest may indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease. Image Source: Getty


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