The topic of tinnitus recurs regularly in our discussions. Recently, I asked about it in my one-week survey. The numbers surprised me.
23.52% of voters (1155 people) recalled Berenstein Bears, but not Berenstain Bears.
20.81% of voters (1022 people) reported having tinnitus or ringing in the ears.
What we can’t tell from that survey is whether or not they’re the same people. My software only recorded the number of votes… nothing identifying which individuals checked which responses.
However, from related comments, it seems — only seems — as if there’s a connection. At least some people who’ve experienced the Mandela Effect have also had tinnitus, often as a chronic issue.
Correlation, significant connection, or coincidence? I’m not sure. We have far too little evidence to decide one way or the other, but I’ll admit the speculation is fun.
Tinnitus is described as a ringing, hum, or other static-like sound in the ears. Many people perceive it as an internal issue; some are sure it’s something outside that they’re hearing due to hypersensitive hearing.
According to the Hearing Health Foundation, about 5 to 10 percent of the population experiences chronic tinnitus.