Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: Implication for Tinnitus

  • Donald HendersonEmail author
  • Eric C. Bielefeld
  • Edward Lobarinas
  • Chiemi Tanaka


  1. 1.

    Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is often associated with tinnitus.

  2. 2.

    The shape and depth of the audiogram in patients with NIHL varies considerably.

  3. 3.

    Characteristics of tinnitus (sensation level, pulsatile versus continuous, perceived pitch) also vary widely across individuals.

  4. 4.

    The relationship between the pattern of hearing loss and the characteristics of the tinnitus is complex and a relevant topic of research.

  5. 5.
    This chapter focuses on three topics relevant to NIHL and tinnitus:
    1. (a)

      The relationship between the parameters of a noise exposure and the resulting hearing loss.

    2. (b)

      The cochlear pathologies underlying permanent hearing loss and temporary hearing loss and how they differ.

    3. (c)

      Noise-induced tinnitus and the animal modeling of tinnitus used to study the relationship between noise and tinnitus.



Temporary threshold shift Permanent threshold shift Kurtosis Noise interactions Tinnitus 



Asymptotic threshold shift


Central nervous system


External auditory meatus


Gap-prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle


Inner hair cell


Narrow band noise


Noise-induced hearing loss


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health


Outer hair cell


Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Permanent threshold shift


Temporary threshold shift


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald Henderson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric C. Bielefeld
  • Edward Lobarinas
  • Chiemi Tanaka
  1. 1.Center for Hearing and Deafness, Department of Communicative Disorders and SciencesState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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