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)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (4) fatigue (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

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

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)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain apathy 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
eye pain balance problems 17 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) fatigue (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constant tiredness difficulty with orgasm 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (1)
2 more
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 (6) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
projectile vomiting
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
cramps in legs sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for tinnitus (7 evaluations)
Side effects
ringing in ears (tinnitus) itchy ears
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
tinnitus (5)
  • 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 3
20s 45
30s 119
40s 212
50s 269
60s 227
70+ 65
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 96
20-29 years 93
30-39 years 92
40-49 years 106
50-59 years 75
60-69 years 20
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

63% Female
38% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 472
Not Diagnosed 152

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