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RESEARCH ARTICLE Analysis of the Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors of Tinnitus in Adults

By Hyung-jong Kim, Hyo-jeong Lee, Soo-youn An, Songyong Sim, Bumjung Park, Whan Kim, Joong Seob Lee, Sung Kwang Hong and Hyo Geun Choi

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Background Tinnitus is a common condition in adults; however, the pathophysiology of tinnitus remains unclear, and no large population-based study has assessed the associated risk factors. The aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence and associated risk factors of tinnitus. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study using data from the Korea National Health and Nutri-tion Examination Survey, with 19,290 participants ranging in age from 20 to 98 years old, between 2009 and 2012. We investigated the prevalence of tinnitus using a questionnaire and analyzed various possible factors associated with tinnitus using simple and multiple lo-gistic regression analysis with complex sampling. Results The prevalence of tinnitus was 20.7%, and the rates of tinnitus associated with no discom-fort, moderate annoyance, and severe annoyance were 69.2%, 27.9%, and 3.0%, respec-tively. The prevalence of tinnitus and the rates of annoying tinnitus increased with age. Th

Year: 2016
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