Status: Baseline only
Increase the proportion of adults with onset of bothersome tinnitus in the past 5 years who have seen a health care specialist
Baseline: 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)
Target: 74.2 percent
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS
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.