A Noisy Tummy: What Does it Mean?

Most of the time, our gastrointestinal (GI) system attracts little public attention if we appropriately fill and empty it at regular intervals. However, a noisy bowel may be, or seem to be, apparent to all within earshot. Even with a healthy gut, some people feel a rumbling, growling stomach can be a source of profound embarrassment. Technically called “borborygmi”, bowel sounds seem loudest to the owner. This can lead to embarrassment or anxiety during social functions. However, most of these noises cannot be heard by others. Many people are unaware of louder bowel
sounds or at least unconcerned.

Author(s):
Brenner, 
Darren
Thompson, 
W. Grant
Chang, 
Lin