Can I Hear Cochlea Hair Cells Going Bad?

Discussion in 'Support' started by John Bacon, May 19, 2012.

    1. John Bacon

      John Bacon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2012
      My T is one tone but often I hear what sounds like the crackle of electricity or maybe a wiz sound.
      Is it possible I could be hearing a hair cell going bad? Is such a thing possible?
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    2. mock turtle

      mock turtle Member

      puget sound
      Tinnitus Since:
      07/26/1992...habituated after 2 years; 11/04/11 new outbreak
      a great, but highly metaphysical question

      can we hear, or see, or smell or feel, brain cells dying ?


      but i would say that we certainly "hear" the results of the death of stereo cilia (hearing "hairs) and thats tinnitus

      when the hearing hair cells are wiped out the potassium ion channel gate in the cell malfunctions.but.....the cell lives on... possibly an unfortunate outcome...i dont know for sure (maybe if the cell itself died we wouldnt hear the phantom sounds? (conjecture)

      the idea that you can "hear" the damage taking place is not far fetched... for example, one can feel ones skin getting sun burnt...after a while

      best wishes
      mock turtle
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    3. NiNyu

      NiNyu Member

      Tinnitus Since:
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      barotrauma? stress?
      I hear what sounds like the crackle of electricity too. And I'd say it feels like it's coming from the cochlea and not just the neurons in the brain.

      That's an interesting question. Though I have heard that even if they cut the cochlea nerve we would hear T.

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