Tinnitus—the perception of noise when no external noise is present—is said to affect nearly 15% of Americans, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA). Given the popularity of devices like iPhones that allow individuals to stream music and other online content via earbud headphones, the number of people suffering from problems like tinnitus is steadily rising.

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According to new statistics released by the Danish Health Authority, the number of Danes reporting tinnitus symptoms have increased over 25% in the last seven years. A summary of the study’s results, published on the Hear-it AISBL—a nonprofit organization that provides information on hearing loss—website, show the results of the “The Danes’ Health—The national health report 2017.” In this article, we’ll share the highlights, edited and adapted from the Hear-it website.

Danish Health Authority Study

In 2010, 10.1% of Danes said they had tinnitus; in 2017, that number had increased 25% to 12.7%. The survey results also indicated that more men—15.7%—reported tinnitus than women, at 9.8%. Older respondents were also more likely to report tinnitus: 7.4% of men between the ages of 25-34 said they had tinnitus, while 24.9% of men between 55-64 indicated problems with it. This is compared to women between 25-34, at 5.5%, and between 55-64, at 14.9%.

Though the report did not include speculation as to why the rates of reported tinnitus had increased so dramatically in a relatively short time, tinnitus is known to be caused by a variety of factors, including noise exposure, age, head and neck trauma, and certain drugs, among other things.


If you begin to hear unexplained noise, it may be time to make an appointment with your hearing care provider. Worried about paying for the costs of treatment? With CareCredit, you can come up with a financing plan that works for your budget.

This content is provided to the 4MyHearingBiz community by CareCredit and also adapted from Hear-it.org.