Currently, between 37 to 40 million people are afflicted with some form of ringing in the ears. That means upwards of 14 percent of the population knows what it's like to experience tinnitus.
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A quick overview of the health condition known as tinnitus or ringing in the ears. How many individuals suffer with this?
The truth of the matter is that tinnitus -- defined, for brevity's sake as any continued noise in ears -- affects far more individuals than can imagine.
Not only is tinnitus an actual health problem, but its prevalence in the United States is increasing. Currently, between 37 to 40 million people are afflicted with some form of ringing in the ears. That means upwards of 14 percent of the population knows what it's like to experience tinnitus. Viewed in yet another way, that's roughly one in seven individuals.
Just What Do You Hear With Tinnitus?
The deviations of this noise in the ears vary widely with the individual. About 15 percent say their experience lasted more than a quarter of an hour. Another six percent say the noise is so loud . . . so troublesome . . . and so irritating they've actually sought medical attention for it.
It appears that tinnitus is age related. But even with that, younger individuals are not immune from it. Granted, only about one percent of those younger than 45 experience it. About 12 percent of those individuals between 60 and 69 develop it -- and the prevalence of tinnitus rises to nearly 30 percent for those in their 70s.
Men have a slight edge in acquiring this condition than women -- but not by much. One study indicated 6.6 percent of the male population is affected compared to 5.6 percent of the female population. These statistics shift, however, with the aging population.
Older men seem to acquire tinnitus more frequently than women. Nearly 12 percent of men age 65 and over reported its symptoms, while only 7 percent of women in the same age group are affected.
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