Wheezing Sound Page

On this page we provide a description of the wheezing sound. High-pitched wheezing sounds are compared to a lower pitch wheezing sound using patient recordings and text. Links to lessons that cover several wheezing sound types are also provided here.

Wheezing Sound Introduction

A wheezing sound with a musical quality. They can be low or high-pitched. High-pitched wheezes have a whistling or squeezing sound. Lower pitched wheezes, sometimes called rhonchi, have a snoring our gurgling quality. Wheezes can occur during inspiration or expiration. A wheezing cough is another form of a wheezing sound.

Wheezing - High Pitched vs Rhonchi

Compare high pitched wheezing to rhonchi, a low pitched wheeze.

Wheeze - High-Pitched

Wheezes can be high-pitched, continuous and musical or squeaky.

Rhonchi - Low-Pitched Wheeze

Listen for a lower-pitched sound, continuous and having a snoring quality.

Wheezing Sounds Guide

Our lung sounds reference guide is a good way to quickly look-up various types of wheezing sounds. You will also find listening advice and a graphical depiction of the audio recording.
Low-Pitched Wheezing Sound
Expiratory Wheezing Sound
Monophonic Wheezing Sound
Polyphonic Wheezing Sound

Wheeze Lesson

The Basics of Lung Sounds course on our website includes two lessons on wheezing sounds. Take the full course that runs about 15 minutes. The intermediate lung sounds course has additional types of wheezes: expiratory, monophonic and polyphonic.
Basics of Lung Sounds
Intermediate Lung Sounds