USA: 40-50 million experience tinnitus

40 - 50 million Americans experience some degree of tinnitus and hyperacusis.
  • Tinnitus is estimated to affect between 10 percent and 20 percent of all Americans.
  • Approximately three-quarters of those experiencing tinnitus are not bothered by it. But for the remaining 25 percent tinnitus has a great impact on their daily life.
  • Nearly a third of the population over the age of 70 years report significant tinnitus. Many with tinnitus also complain of hyperacusis.

Affects quality of life

British studies paint a similar picture of a problem affecting millions of people. One of the clearest snapshots of tinnitus in England was provided by The National Study of Hearing in a study carried out by the MRC Institute of Hearing Research. It was based on 48,000 postal questionnaires.

The study showed that:

  • 10 percent of British adults have experienced spontaneous tinnitus lasting more than five minutes.
  • Seven percent have consulted their family doctors about it.
  • For one in 100 adults, tinnitus severely affects his/her quality of life
  • One individual in 200 experiences tinnitus as having a significant impact on his/her ability to live a normal life. According to the MRC Institute of Hearing Research, this adds up to about 200,000 people in Great Britain.