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One in 10 adults has tinnitus and risk increases with noise exposure, study shows

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 25 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4108
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Almost one in 10 adults has tinnitus, perceiving sounds in the absence of an external stimulus, and the risk is two to three times higher in people with consistent exposure to loud noises at work or during leisure time, a large US study has found.

Researchers analysed data from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey in a nationally representative sample of 75 764 adults aged over 18. The …

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