What About Tinnitus? Paul: Concern about tinnitus has led to the creation of foundations, support groups, newsletters, journals, research and treatment centers, and even a schedule for disability compensation by the VA; and yet, many of us are not sure what we are evaluating, treating, supporting, or compensating. How widespread is the ... Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face  |   March 01, 1996
What About Tinnitus?
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Robert G. Paul
    Feature Editor, Face-to-Face, American Journal of Audiology
  • Kyle C. Dennis, PhD
    Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Side, Chicago, IL
    Audiology/Speech Pathology Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, West Side, 820 South Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612
    Chief
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Hearing Disorders / Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face   |   March 01, 1996
What About Tinnitus?
American Journal of Audiology, March 1996, Vol. 5, 5-8. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0501.05
History: Received July 12, 1995 , Accepted July 13, 1995
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1996, Vol. 5, 5-8. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0501.05
History: Received July 12, 1995; Accepted July 13, 1995
Paul: Concern about tinnitus has led to the creation of foundations, support groups, newsletters, journals, research and treatment centers, and even a schedule for disability compensation by the VA; and yet, many of us are not sure what we are evaluating, treating, supporting, or compensating. How widespread is the problem of tinnitus?
Dennis: Studies suggest that 32% of the U.S. population or 36 million Americans experience tinnitus. Twenty percent or 7 million of those experiencing tinnitus report their tinnitus as severe. A high percentage of those 7 million report that tinnitus affects their lifestyle and causes psychological disturbances such as anxiety, irritability, feelings of helplessness, and depression. On the other hand, some people with substantial hearing loss either do not identify tinnitus as a severe problem or deny having tinnitus at all. Then there are some people who report tinnitus as a severe problem, but have no hearing loss nor any audiometric indication of a neural component to their problem.
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