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Apparently some (small amount of) tinnitus is caused by, or at least associated with, otoacoustic emissions. This paper covers the link if you are interested. If you want a great talk that generally covers the molecular mechanisms behind hearing, I highly recommend this one by James Hudspeth. This covers a ton of material, including otoacoustic emissions, ...


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+1 for giving a solid answer to @AP, but being older I've had friends who have had tinnitus and I'd like to add some notes to try to flesh this out a bit. I don't think tinnitus is the result of nerve damage usually. Nearly everybody experiences episodic tinnitus at one point or another. When exposed to a loud sound or a blow to the head can cause it. ...


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Although tinnitus is usually described as a ringing in the ear, there's a whole range of tunes, buzzes, whooshing sounds, humming and hissing sounds that are described of as tinnitus. The sounds can either genuinely be there or be perceived to be there. If it is genuinely there it suggests muscles ate at play or some blood vessel disease if the sounds are in ...



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