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