- /ħ/ voiceless pharyngeal fricative
- /h/ voiceless glottal fricative like the "h" in English "house"
At times, the sound is also articulated as /x/ voiceless velar fricative like in some Peninsular Spanish pronunciations of "jamón".
A predominant linguistic phenomenon, gheada is attested throughout the western half of Spain's Galician-speaking region: in the provinces of A Coruña, Pontevedra, the westernmost part of Lugo, and the western half of Ourense. In the last two provinces, however, gheada is diminishing.