Tinnitus has been defined as: “A sound in one ear or both ears, such as buzzing, ringing, or whistling, occurring without an external stimulus and usually caused by a specific condition, such as an ear infection, the use of certain drugs, a blocked auditory tube or canal, or a head injury.” (The free dictionary online)
Other causes can be fluid in the ears, Meniere syndrome, the use of aspirin and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aging, and ear pain from the noise of airplanes, firearms or prolonged exposure to loud music. In some circumstances, tinnitus may be related to an aneurysm or a benign tumor on the acoustic nerve.
It is estimated that 25 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree on an ongoing basis. Estimates of the prevalence of tinnitus vary widely from 7.9 million (Adams et al., 1999) to 37 million Americans (Noell and Meyerhoff, 2003).
Pawel Jastreboff estimates that approximately17% of the world’s population suffers from tinnitus which causes significant suffering in 4% of the general population. Further, he estimates that tinnitus occurs in 33% of the elderly. (AHAC.CA)
The Canadian Tinnitus Association has estimated that 360,000 Canadians are annoyed by their tinnitus, and that approximately 150,000 find that tinnitus seriously impairs the quality of affected individual’s lives. (AHAC.CA)
The Canadian Academy of Audiology estimates that 10 to 15% of Canadians suffer from tinnitus (approximately 3 million) with 20% of these individuals seeking help for their condition because their tinnitus is so severe that it is debilitating (approximately 600,000 individuals).
Almost every individual has, at one time or another, experienced brief episodes of mild ringing or other sounds in the ear. It is estimated that 10 to 15% of adults have prolonged tinnitus and seek medical intervention (Heller, 2003).
Studies have shown that tinnitus is more prevalent in females than males under the age of 50. Equal incidence occurs after the age of 50. Until recently, tinnitus did not receive sufficient attention, either in clinical practice or in research. (AHAC.CA)
While the perception of tinnitus is very real, there is no external sound corresponding to the patients’ perception of sound; thus, tinnitus can be classified as a phantom auditory perception. (AHAC.CA)
According to the American Tinnitus Association website: “Tinnitus impacts up to 50 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide. Most commonly caused by noise exposure, tinnitus drastically reduces quality of life for 250 million people globally.”
So as we can see this is a very real problem which is having a very profound effect on the every day lives of countless individuals’ worldwide. Unfortunately there is no cure thus far but there have been many treatments and remedies developed to help provide some level of relief and comfort for those afflicted with this problem.
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