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From the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, Hearing Supplement:
[NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]
IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS, have you been bothered by ringing, roaring, or buzzing in your ears or head that lasts for 5 minutes or more? [Read if necessary:] Tinnitus (TIN-uh-tus) is the medical term for ringing, roaring or buzzing in the ears or head.
How much of a problem is this ringing, roaring, or buzzing in your ears or head?
Have you ever tried any remedies or treatments for this ringing, roaring, or buzzing in your ears or head?
Which of the following treatments have you tried?
The denominator is calculated as the number of adults who responded: “Yes” to HRTIN and “3, 4, or 5” to HRTNPROB. The numerator includes the subjects in the denominator who also responded: “Yes” to HRTINRM and “1, 2, 3, …, 14” to HRREMTYP. The number of adults is the weighted sample number estimated for the U.S. population.
Tinnitus, often described as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear, is a symptom that can be related to almost every known hearing problem. Tinnitus is not a disease, but it can be caused by exposure to loud sounds, middle or inner ear infections, tumors on the hearing nerve, and even wax on the eardrum. Sometimes tinnitus can be medically or surgically treated.
This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:
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