Nearly 15% of Adults Worldwide Experience Tinnitus Symptoms
More than 740 million adults worldwide have had at least one symptom of tinnitus, and about 120 million are severely affected, according to a new report. Tinnitus indicates the perception of a ringing, buzzing, whistling, rustling, or hissing noise in the ears or head when no corresponding external sounds are present. In its most severe form, which is associated with hearing loss, tinnitus can affect a patient's mental, emotional, and social health.
@lata The research team calculated that the pooled prevalence estimate of any tinnitus among adults was 14.4%; it ranged from 4.1% to 37.2% in the studies. The prevalence did not differ significantly based on the questions asked, whether patients had experienced tinnitus "for more than 5 minutes" or "during the last months." The pooled prevalence also did not differ significantly by sex; it was about 14.1% among men and 13.1% among women.