I’m no audiologist, but I’ve had moderate tinnitus in both ears since I was 14. I swear it interferes with the tonal tests when getting an audiogram, cuz my type of tinnitus is a musical tone (like middle “C” or something). So, when the tones are playing, I don’t hear tones in the same range, and ALL tones are simply not heard below a certain volume cuz … I’m only hearing that MUSIC playing in my head! It’s very frustrating. Years ago, I used to “cheat” on the test, and since I kind of new the timing in between test notes, I’d stab a finger in the air like I heard 'em.
Well, flash forward to about 15 years ago, and I simply don’t give a DAMN anymore. I have a running joke with my aud-guy that “You know that my tinnitus tones are making me FAIL this test, don’t you?” To which he always humors me with a smile. But we both know: that’s the point! I can’t hear tones at a lower volume or in certain frequencies thanks to my tinnitus!
Luckily, it never keeps me awake at night, and has not driven me MAD yet. Even better, it’s absolutely the case with me that wearing aids diminishes the competition with my tinnitus tones. Instead, volumes all around me in the external world are louder (for the most part) than those tones. Altho, as I peck this reply out, I am humming middle “C”. < : - /