Tinnitus prevalence in Europe: a multi-country cross-sectional population study

Tinnitus prevalence studies report large variability across countries that might be due to inconsistent research methods. This is the first multinational report of Pan-European tinnitus prevalence using standardised questions. The overall prevalence estimates refine previous findings, although widespread inter-country heterogeneity was noted. The results indicate that more than 1 in 7 adults in the EU have tinnitus.  Pan-European sampling provided new insights on geographical variations. Differences in inter-country prevalence were substantial, even within the EU member states. The relatively high tinnitus prevalence in Eastern Europe (i.e. Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and Latvia) reflects a general pattern of countries with lower GDP reporting a higher prevalence.The Lancet Regional Health Europe

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