Did you know 1 in 10 Americans have Tinnitus symptoms?

Persistent tinnitus can affect quality of life.

It’s a staggering statistic because most people have never heard of tinnitus until they or someone they know receives the diagnosis but one in ten Americans suffer from a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in their ears called tinnitus.  In the worst cases, it can cause problems with thought processing, emotions, hearing, sleep and concentration. These challenges can negatively affect one’s quality of life.

In the study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery of U.S. adults who experienced tinnitus in the past 12 months, 27 percent had symptoms for longer than 15 years and 36 percent had nearly constant symptoms.

What Factors can Lead to Higher Rates of Tinnitus?

In the JAMA study, they found that higher rates were reported for those with consistent exposure to loud noises either at work or during recreation time. For our Sound Hearing Now patients this means that patients with long-term work-related exposure means there the possibility of increasing rates of tinnitus.

Unfortunately, less than half of those who reported tinnitus symptoms had discussed them with a physician. This is so common and why Sound Hearing Now wants to educate our patients and our Greenville community about what tinnitus is, what factors lead to to tinnitus and how we can help develop a personalized tinnitus treatment plan for you or your loved one.

If you are suffering from persistent ringing or buzzing, schedule a consultation today with our knowledgeable staff. There are ways Sound Hearing Now can help!

Laura Berry