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Does Tinnitus mean Hearing Damage?

by Roel van Gorkum
| March 21, 2023

If you have tinnitus (ringing in the ears), you have an 80% chance that you also have hearing damage. But not everyone with hearing impairment has tinnitus. And there are also people with tinnitus and good hearing.

With a hearing impairment, hearing cells in the cochlea of your ear are broken, so that your brain no longer hears certain sounds. This causes them to try to restore the disturbed sound of the hearing cells themselves, and this creates the tinnitus sound you hear.

Tinnitus due to stress

Tinnitus often arises suddenly in a stressful period, when your load capacity is low. You can then handle less, so that you suddenly start hearing your tinnitus. It costs your brain a lot of energy to filter out your tinnitus sound, and that is no longer possible.

Because you already have a lower load capacity, you also react tensely to the sound more often. Your fight and flight response kicks in: danger! This noise must go! But that doesn’t work, so you end up in a vicious circle.


Fortunately, there are ways to get around that:

  • mindfulness
  • tinnitus retraining therapy
  • cognitive behavioral therapy

I developed an online course myself in which I combined these three scientifically proven treatments. This has ensured that I went from terrible suffering from tinnitus (and a loud beep) to barely hearing, and no longer suffering.

You can watch the first 5 lessons for free.

Good luck and success!

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About me

I was suffering badly from the ringing in my ears. I battled and battled – only to make it worse. Then, I started learning and developed a solution. Now, I help others find tinnitus relief.

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