Tinnitus is not a disease itself; it is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, including the ear, the auditory nerve, and the areas of the brain that process sound.
Hearing loss occurs with roughly 90% of tinnitus cases.
Noise-induced hearing loss and age-related loss are some more common causes of tinnitus.
About one in five U.S. adults, reports some degree of hearing loss.
Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss.
25 to 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus to some degree.
In the past year, about 22.7 million adults in the U.S. experience tinnitus for more than three months, or about 10% of the adult population of the United States.
More than 200 drugs are know to cause tinnitus as a side effect when you start or stop taking them.
Among U.S. adults age 65 and older, more than 12% of men and almost 14% of women are affected by tinnitus.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are the top service-related disabilities among veterans; 60% of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan return home with hearing loss.
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