A French study found that just one in 123 tinnitus patients suffered no hearing loss. In the majority of cases, a connection was found between the nature of the patient's hearing loss and how they experienced the ringing in their ears.

The researchers and audiologists examined the degree of hearing loss in the tinnitus patients and the reasons for their hearing loss. The results were collated with the patients’ descriptions of how they experienced their tinnitus.

The results indicated that patients suffering from age or noise-related hearing loss generally experience their tinnitus as a constant high-pitched sound. Patients whose hearing loss was caused by Ménières disease or similar syndromes experienced their tinnitus as a varied and low hum.

Relations were also found between the degree of hearing loss and the frequencies of low hearing. The frequency of the tinnitus noise as described by the study participants was most often directly related to the measured frequencies of their hearing loss. The loudness of the experienced tinnitus also corresponded to the degree of hearing loss.

The researchers believe that various measurements of the patients’ hearing may provide a simple and indirect test on which an evaluation of tinnitus levels may be based. In the treatment of tinnitus, it is particularly important to be able to record changes in the patient’s experience of his or her tinnitus.

(Information provided by Characteristics of Tinnitus and Etiology of Associated Hearing Loss: A Study of 123 Patients, International Tinnitus Journal, 2002)


About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a ringing, humming, buzzing sound in the ear, without an external stimulus. While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are tinnitus treatment techniques and new technologies that can help ease your symptoms. At Manatee Ear Center, we offer a tinnitus treatment program, incorporating Oticon OPN instruments and counseling services, to help ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact us. We've provided high-quality hearing aids and audiology services to our patients in Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida since 1977.