effects of tinnitus

Prof. Lenarz of the Medical University of Hannover (Germany) assumes that 15% of adults in industrialised nations have persistent tinnitus. 8% of adults feel that their tinnitus is affecting their daily lives. In 0.5 - 1%, the symptoms are so pronounced that those affected are unable to lead a normal life.
If the tinnitus lasts for a long time or the sufferer panics and fears a severe, chronic illness, tinnitus can quickly take on a life of its own, becoming what is known as “decompensated tinnitus“.
Decompensated tinnitus has major effects on all areas of a patient’s life and causes severe psychological strain. It can cause hypersensitivity to sounds, reduced hearing in the less affected ear, difficulty in concentrating and anxiety, and lead to severely disturbed sleep and depression.