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ENT-VSL-10 Increase the proportion of adults for whom tinnitus is a moderate to severe problem who have tried appropriate treatments

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
14.7 (2007)
Target: 
16.2
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over for whom tinnitus is a moderate, big, or very big problem and who have tried appropriate treatments such as masking or sound therapy, cognitive therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, psychiatric treatment, drugs/medications, nutritional supplements, or surgery

Denominator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who have been bothered with tinnitus (ringing, roaring, or buzzing in the ears or head that lasts for 5 or more minutes) and for whom it is a moderate, big, or very big problem

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    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.

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    How much of a problem is this ringing, roaring, or buzzing in your ears or head?

    1. No problem
    2. A small problem
    3. A moderate problem
    4. A big problem
    5. A very big problem
    6. Refused
    7. Don't know

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Have you ever tried any remedies or treatments for this ringing, roaring, or buzzing in your ears or head?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    Which of the following treatments have you tried? [Enter all that apply.]

    1. Amplification/Hearing aids
    2. Masking with wearable device (with or without hearing aids)
    3. Masking with non-wearable device (sound generators to help with sleep)
    4. Cognitive therapy with counseling
    5. Stress reduction or relaxation methods
    6. Biofeedback
    7. Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT)
    8. Psychiatric treatment
    9. Surgery to cut the hearing nerve
    10. Drugs or medications
    11. Nutritional supplements
    12. Music therapy
    13. Temporal mandibular joint treatment
    14. Alternative methods (hypnosis, acupuncture, etc.)
    15. Other
    16. Refused
    17. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

    The denominator includes those persons who responded that have been bothered by tinnitus in the past 12 months, and that the issue is a moderate, big, or very big problem. The numerator includes persons in the denominator who (1) responded “yes” or “no” to having tried treatments and (2) “yes” to any of the first 14 types of treatment listed.

    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.

    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

    • Total: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Sex: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Race/Ethnicity: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Educational Attainment: 25-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Family Income (percent poverty threshold): 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Family Type: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Country of Birth: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Disability Status: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Geographic Location: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+
    • Health Insurance Status: 18-44, 45-64
    • Marital Status: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, 75+

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2015 the objective has been revised due to changes in programming. The 2007 baseline of 80.9% was replaced with 14.7%, the target was adjusted from 89.0% to 16.2% to reflect the revised baseline using the original target setting method.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. Davis PB, Paki B, Hanley PJ. 2007. Neuromonics tinnitus treatment: third clinical trial. Ear Hear. 28(2):242–259.
  2. Dobie RA. 2003. Depression and tinnitus. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 36(2):383–388.