This NBC News tinnitus news report has the channel speaking to Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich and others about the long term effects of hearing loss. Ulrich suffers from Tinnitus, a hearing loss symptom that is often described as ringing in the ear. While tinnitus can be a persistent annoyance, it can also be a debilitating symptom that can harm your quality of life. If you suffer from tinnitus, you aren’t alone. 40-50 million people in the US are stricken with tinnitus and as few as 10 million have actually sought help.