Originally Posted by Mark Kaufman
I suspect there is an important relation between earworms and tinnitus. Neither phenomenon appears to be understood at all, as of yet. As far as doctors and scientists can tell, there doesn't appear to be any physical evidence that tinnitus even exists...it's like a phantom sound that somehow causes extreme physical pain to the afflicted.
Yes, it is very real...I'm just saying they have no idea why it hurts or where it comes from. We know what can bring it on, but we don't know what "it" is.
It,or mine doesn't hurt[tinnitus],and yes it's very real,it's the nerve impulses from the ear to the brain vibrating,as the tiny hairs[deep within the ear canal],are pushed flat[which is a warning that your'e being exposed to too much noise]there is definitely medical science that proves it[here in Australia]certainly does exist.
It is the NOISE,that drives you bat shit,its the SAME hissing shhhhhhhhh noise you get after a super loud gig/rehearsal,but instead of a day[when it would always go away] or so[mine was up to 4 days]then without warning,the next time It IS PERMANENT!,utterly NON-STOP ringing,it is also very well documented,so to say that science and doctors don't know,or are unable to prove it,is seriously ignorant.
It is very simple,many people who have worked in heavy industry/factories with extremely loud continuous noise can be affected,also it doesn't get "brought on" as you say,it happens,as a result of extreme exposure,it is PERMANENT,it is utterly non stop,mine has not ceased since October 23 1993.
Apparently some people hear banging noises[usually the ones from heavy industry]and all ranges of tones,but mine is a continuous hiss/crash cymbal noise without the initial percussive hit.