Got earworms? With me it started a few years ago with hearing loss and tinnitus in my right ear. There is the constant music I hear, a range of classical music, mostly, that makes me feel grateful for my brain's good taste. The best way to deal with these afflictions is by wearing my hearing aids and playing music on the radio or my computer. The noises and music quiet down or even disappear.
A certain level of ambient noise is what the brain expects, and if the noise isn't there it will provide the missing stimulus. It interested me to learn it's all in the brain and not, as I had thought, injury to the ear itself.
I also found out that many who suffer hearing loss said that auditory hallucinations started when they spent a lot of time near fans and air conditioners. I always have ceiling fans on in the house, but from now on will turn them off when in a room with them.
So that's manageable. But what started happening a few months ago is truly upsetting. If I'm sitting in my chair relaxing and close my eyes, I hear voices. It's always nonsense but sometimes the voices are familiar. It was a relief to learn that this is a normal accompaniment to hearing loss. It does not mean I'm going insane, apparently. Still, this means something is progressing. At this point I know perfectly well the voices in my head are not real, but what if I started to think they were? The trouble is that the last audiologist I went to was a crook. So when I'm in Seattle next time I'll try to find a reputable person.
There is a lot more information out there on the Internet, too. What an educational tool the Internet is!