Originally Posted by eatpasta
I think some of you are mistaking Tinnitus for heading damage. I would say nearly every adult has some ringing in their ears from normal life whereas people that actually have Tinnitus have no choice but to wear ear plugs, sometimes 24 hours a day.
If you put nearly anyone in an anechoic chamber, they are going to hear ringing. People that have Tinnitus usually are exposed to extreme dB levels for years like people who have been to war, drummers, factory workers etc
As the hairs in your cochlea over time break and die, the brain fills in this absence with sound.
Your statement is confusing..I have Tin, when I put on earplugs it is actually louder, so why would Tin sufferers have no choice & wear earplugs 24/7? Like you said, the brain manufactures the noise, so earplugs to mask it does not work.