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By jwells on 12/9/2011 1:42 PM
On average, most people wait approximately 5 to 7 years before doing something about their hearing loss. During that time, the brain gets “used to” receiving reduced and distorted auditory information from the ears. The brain becomes accustomed to inadequate sound and eventually considers it normal. It becomes to expect a quieter world, but the real world is a very noisy place. So once someone is fit with hearing aids, it takes time and practice for the brain to recalibrate and adjust to what it is receiving from the ears. 
By jwells on 12/9/2011 1:39 PM
Tinnitus refers to an auditory perception not produced by an external sound. It is commonly described as a "hissing, roaring, or ringing" and can range from high pitch to low pitch, consist of multiple tones, or sound like noise (having no tonal quality at all). It most often is constant, but can also be perceived as pulsed, or intermittent, and may begin suddenly, or may come on gradually. It can be sensed in one ear, both ears, or in the head.
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