About the National Data
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS
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
Target: 74.2 percent
Minimal statistical significance
Definition: Tinnitus is a subjective complaint, self-reported in NHIS Hearing Supplements (2007 & 2014) as "ringing, roaring, or buzzing in the ears or head that lasted 5 minutes or longer in the past 12 months." Tinnitus questions are asked primarily in Hearing Health Supplements to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).
Numerator count includes responses to the 4 NHIS questions: a. "YES"; b. responses "1" through "4"; c. responses "3" through "5"; d. "YES". Denominator includes responses as the numerator for a., b., and c. Question d. is not relevant to the denominator.