Is tinnitus a sign of hearing loss?
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, about 90% of individuals who experience tinnitus also have hearing loss.
For some, the brain compensates for hearing loss by turning up an “inner volume control” to amplify otherwise unnoticeable sounds. So, symptoms begin, often with a cycle of emotional distress. Tinnitus makes it so an individual sometimes seems to hear "phantom" sounds. These perceptions are generated somewhere in the auditory pathways. Since they are not real, people sense them differently. Some experience ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or rushing.
What is tinnitus?