Phantom noise?

By | January 24, 2015

I have read theories that tinnitus is phantom noise.  The noise is theorized by some to come from the brain replacing frequencies of sound that cannot  be heard due to damage to the inner ear.  Comparisons used include people who have lost a limb and have phantom feelings or pain from the missing limbs.

I wonder about this theory.  If this were true, I would think that someone with normal hearing went into a sound proof booth would begin to hearing noises of all frequencies after a certain period of time.

Maybe there is some basis to this theory as hearing loss and tinnitus are often presented together.  Does hearing loss cause tinnitus or does tinnitus cause hearing loss?… or does whatever process causes tinnitus also cause interference with hearing?

The journey continues.  I will cure myself.

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