Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
61.8 percent (2014) *

74.2 percent  *

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

61.8 percent of adults aged 18 years and over with onset of "bothersome" (i.e., a moderate, big, or very big problem) tinnitus in the past 5 years had seen a health care specialist in 2014  *

Age adjusted to the year 2000 standard population.

Increase the proportion of adults with onset of bothersome tinnitus in the past 5 years who have seen a health care specialist

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Millions of people in the United States have tinnitus, a ringing in the ears that can make it hard to hear, sleep, or concentrate. Tinnitus can also be a sign of serious health problems, so it’s important to see a health care provider right away. Primary care providers should refer patients with tinnitus to a hearing specialist, audiologist, or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor for further evaluation and treatment.