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From the 2007 Nationial Health Interview Survey, Hearing Supplement:
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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.
Have you ever discussed this ringing, roaring or buzzing in your ears or head with your doctor or other health care professional?
Each year approximately one in 10 Americans experience some form of tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, that lasts longer than 5 minutes per episode. These tinnitus sounds are perceived to originate in the ears or head; they are subjective experiences that cannot be heard by others standing nearby and are not objectively measurable with devices.
The mechanisms that produce subjective tinnitus are not well understood. Typically, causes of hearing loss also cause tinnitus, including noise exposure, aging, trauma (head or neck injury), and medications. People react very differently to tinnitus and their reactions over months and years will probably change, some are able to habituate to their tinnitus successfully. They may find it a little bothersome, but largely ignore it. Others are distressed by tinnitus and have difficulty concentrating and getting to sleep. Importantly, tinnitus can be a symptom of a serious illness, which is why tinnitus should be discussed with a doctor or other health care professional.
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