Question: Will tinnitus damage my hearing and make me go deaf?
Answer: If you have hearing loss, you are more likely to experience tinnitus, but tinnitus itself cannot damage your hearing. Tinnitus is often the result of hearing loss, especially in the high pitches.
Question: Is tinnitus a sign of something serious that the doctors have missed?
Answer (If a full medical/audiological work-up has been done): Specialists have checked your hearing and are confident that your tinnitus is not a sign of anything serious. Tinnitus is very common, affecting around 10% of the population, and if your audiological check-up is normal, then this means your tinnitus is not a sign of something serious.
Question: Can tinnitus drive me mad?
Answer: Tinnitus can be distressing, particularly when it first starts. It is also worsened by stress. Although this can be difficult to cope with, patients can learn how to manage their tinnitus and live well with it.