Tinnitus has a clear impact on quality of life among adults, and almost one in four feels adversely affected by it.
A study based on self-reported data from 2,800 participants showed tinnitus has affected almost 25% of the adults in in the study to a certain degree, and 9% suffered from moderate to severe tinnitus.
Tinnitus clearly affected participants more in terms of a physical pain and stress level than on a mental and emotional level.
The study also showed that the impact of tinnitus on the quality of life increases with its severity.
It is estimated that tinnitus will affect more and more adults due to the greater longevity. The researchers have called for an extra effort in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tinnitus among adults to improve their quality of life.
The study was carried out by researchers of the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Source: Nondahl D, Cruickshanks KJ, Dalton DS, Klein BEK, Klein R, Schubert CR, Tweed TS, Wiley TL. The impact of tinnitus on quality of life in older adults. J Am Acad Audiol. 2000;18(3):257-266.