Welcome to our website's wheezing page. On this page we provide a description of wheezing, including its clinical significance. We then compare common high-pitched wheezes to rhonchi (lower pitched wheezes) using audio recordings and text. Finally, we provide links to the wheeze lung sound training lessons available on this web site.
Practice differentiating high-pitched wheezing from low-pitched wheezing (rhonchi) using these audio recordings. Additional information and recordings are available in our lung sounds courses and reference guide.
Compare high pitched wheezing to a low pitched wheeze (rhonchi).
Wheeze - High-Pitched
Wheezes can be high-pitched, continuous and musical or squeaky.
Wheeze - Low-Pitched (Rhonchi)
Listen for a lower-pitched sound, continuous and having a snoring quality.
Wheezing is a sign of breathing problems. Wheezing sounds are most often apparent during exhaling a breath. They may also be sometimes heard when the patient inhales.
Causes of wheezing can include these:
- Inhaling a foreign object into the lungs
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Heart failure
- allergic reaction
- Medications (even aspirin)
- Viral infection