09 November 2021

Tinnitus affects daily life

Nearly one in ten experience that their tinnitus has a frequent or constant effect on their daily life, a study finds.
Tinnitus affects daily life

A study has found that tinnitus affects daily life for many who have it and that tinnitus is also associated with poorer health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

Of those in the study who had tinnitus, 32.4% reported that their tinnitus had an occasional effect on their daily lives. For 8.9% of the participants, the effect on their daily life was frequent or constant.

Poorer health

People who experienced that their tinnitus had an effect on their daily life had an increased risk of having a lower general health than those without tinnitus.

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Higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress, as well as doctor diagnosed depression, were all significant risk factors for tinnitus. There were also statistically significant worse hearing thresholds related to the presence of tinnitus.

The study recruited people born between 1946 and 1964 and the data was collected between 2010 and 2015. Of the 5,107 participants in the study, 1,154 (22.6%) reported experiencing tinnitus.

The study, "Tinnitus and its associations with general health, mental health and hearing loss", was published in the journal Progress in Brain Research.

Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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