A study has found that almost 15% of all people in the world experience tinnitus and that 2.3% have a severe form of the condition.

The study, featured on the website hear-it.org, found that the prevalence of any tinnitus among adults was 14.4%.

This did not significantly differ by sex, but the incidence of tinnitus increases with age.

Tinnitus – also known as a ringing in the ears – causes noises inside the head and the study says that tinnitus affects more than 740 million adults globally. It is perceived as a major problem by more than 120 million people, mostly aged 65 years or older.

The study suggests that the global burden of tinnitus is large, similar to migraines and pain.

Global Prevalence and Incidence of Tinnitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, was published in the journal JAMA Neurology.

If you are troubled by tinnitus then get in touch with Hearbase. Our tinnitus counselling and rehabilitation service is provided by specially trained audiologists who can teach you techniques to ease the condition and give advice, help and friendly support. Find out more here.

And Fiona Idriss, our senior audiologist with a special interest in tinnitus, is accepting self referrals for a free 15-minute telephone consultation. She will explore your symptoms and offer some options to manage them.

If you would like help and advice with a free 15-minute tinnitus telephone consultation with our specialist Fiona, please call us on 0800 028 6179 or email admin@hearbase.com