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A 28-year-old male asked:

Could an already deaf person(due to nerve problem) still hear tinnitus (due to different cause)?

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Dr. Farhad Sigari
Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: First tinnitus is usually a result of some form of hearing loss or dysfunction. So if you have hearing loss then you are at risk for experiencing tinnitus. It is a result of the loss of signals from the ear to the area of the brain responsible for receiving auditory input. These cells then become hyperactive and start picking up false signal/noise (tinnitus) due to loss of this input.
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Last updated Mar 26, 2013
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