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a friend of mine, a piano teacher, recently had a temporary "tinnitus"
experience which I'd like to know more about (and I hope it is
interesting for at least some of you).
It was actually temporary in a double sense: First, it fortunately
disappeared after two days. Second, it was only present together with
other sounds (speech, music, cars), and apparently always constituted
one or more of the overtones of this sound. It first occured while F.
was attending to high overtones (around c4) while a pupil of his was
playing low notes - apparently he couldn't swich off this "attention"
as far as I understand it, tinnitus usually denotes a nervous
phenomenon, essentially independent of acoustic input. we wondered
whether this "overtone tinnitus" was rather a very low-level
phenomenon, maybe involving outer hair cells.
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