What is tinnitus?

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
  • Of those with tinnitus, almost 40 percent experience tinnitus during 80 percent of their day
  • Approximately 1 in 4 tinnitus sufferers report their tinnitus as loud, 1 in 5 report their tinnitus is disabling or nearly disabling
  • Treatment methods with substantial tinnitus improvement include hearing aids and music, and hearing aids offer substantial benefit to a significant number of people suffering from tinnitus

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