Tinnitus is the perception of a sound that has no external source. Some of the more common sounds reported are: ringing, humming, buzzing, and cricket-like chirps. Tinnitus may often occur with hearing loss.

  • Some 30 million Americans have tinnitus
  • Some 13 million Americans report tinnitus without hearing loss
  • The incidence of tinnitus for people aged 65 to 84 years is approximately 27 percent
  • The prevalence of tinnitus is generally correlated with a degree of hearing loss
  • Hearing aids offer substantial benefit to a significant number of people suffering from tinnitus
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