I have had T for the past 2 months. Sometimes it is a couple of tones. Other times I can hear up to 4 tones. It is pretty loud. I also hear swooshing and crackling sometimes. Sometimes, for a minute something sounds distorted. Sometimes I feel like I can't hear well yet my hearing is not reduced. I have had 5 hearing tests. All of them were normal. All I know for sure is that I have tinnitus and TMJ. I believe I am losing my hearing. It doesn't seem like I could possibly have T this loud or keep getting new tones without it. The occasional distorted sounds also make me believe this is the beginning of losing my hearing. So, I guess my question is this the beginning of losing my hearing or am I just not understanding what tinnitus is?