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How does hearing loss cause tinnitus?

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Tinnitus is a major problem that interferes with your life.


It is estimated that 50% to 70% of people with hearing problems suffer from tinnitus.
For some people, tinnitus is so severe that it interferes with their lives (about 4%).

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Author:Tsuyoshi Komoto

freecle Inc. / Exective Officer

Depression is more likely to occur in people with hearing loss.

Tinnitus is a common phenomenon, but it can be dangerous at times.

It's estimated that about 10% of Japanese people and nearly 30% of the elderly experience tinnitus.
Between 50% and 70% of people with hearing problems suffer from tinnitus. (See below for sources).

Some people have very painful tinnitus that interferes with their lives. (About 4%)
In addition, there is a study (U.S. National Nutrition and Health Study) that shows that "people with hearing loss are more likely to be depressed" and as their hearing deteriorates, they may experience increased tinnitus and even depression.

Tinnitus doesn't bother me as much where there's sound.

It is said that tinnitus is more annoying when the surroundings are quiet, but where there is sound, it is less of an issue because of the lack of contrast, or it disappears in certain larger areas.
Sound generators (acoustic therapy) were created with this idea of "sound makes tinnitus easier."

At first glance, it looks like an in-ear hearing aid, but it doesn't have a function to make the sound louder; instead, it produces white noise and other sounds.
Recently, there are also products that produce a fractal tone, which sounds like a music box, in addition to noise.
There are also other methods of treatment called "maskers" and medication that are said to be effective.

The symptoms and causes of earache vary widely from person to person, so it is recommended that you see a doctor at a hospital and not just based on the internet.
If you are busy with work or household chores, it may be a good idea to start by checking your own and your family's hearing.

Summary (Author's Thoughts)

My (Komoto's) father felt his hearing loss 5 years ago and then stayed that way for 2 years.
He could hear well, depending on the day, and he took it lightly. Now he can't hear much in one ear.

As hearing loss progresses, you are at risk for tinnitus, depression, and dementia.
I hope that through this article, I can convey the importance of taking care of your ears.


Yaesu Publishing (magazine), "Hard to Hear? If you think that's the case, you should pick up the book first (2020 edition)."

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