Yes, there is a difference in what you see. Both thinning and shedding of hair are manifestations of hair loss. Sometimes one will shed hair, other times one does not shed and just recedes in the hairline. Sometimes, you see thinning from shedding. All of these are ways to identify that you have a hair loss problem which should be evaluated by a good doctor.

Balding Via Sheeding Vs Via Hair Thinning? Is There A Difference? from tressless