Tinnitus

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What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a noise in the ears. Most tinnitus is subjective meaning the patient has the perception of sound in the absence of an acoustic stimulus. Objective tinnitus is noise generated by structures near the ear.

Common symptoms reported by people with tinnitus

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with tinnitus

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (6) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
5
Tried for
tinnitus (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
3 more

Data from patients with tinnitus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with tinnitus

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
eye pain balance problems 16 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness depressed mood 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (6) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy ejaculation delayed 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion difficulty waking up 7 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth drunk feeling 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for tinnitus (7 evaluations)
Side effects
ringing in ears (tinnitus) itchy ears
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
tinnitus (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
improved cognition rebound headaches
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (1)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with tinnitus, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has tinnitus on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 49
30s 125
40s 209
50s 284
60s 240
70+ 72
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 96
20-29 years 96
30-39 years 97
40-49 years 108
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 20
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 371
Female 615

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 512
Not Diagnosed 153

These charts show data from tinnitus patients who have completed their condition history
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