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People with Pulsatile Tinnitus often describe it as
hearing a rhythmic thumping, whooshing, ringing
or throbbing in one or both ears.
In mild cases, this can simply be annoying but for
many others the sounds are intense and debilitating.
It can affect their equilibrium, causing headaches,
neck pain and interfere with their daily lives by
making it difficult to concentrate or even sleep.
Tinnitus (pulsatile or non-pulsatile) has a prevalence of 1.2% in the USA effecting 4M people annually with no discernment on age.
Tinnitus has an annual healthcare cost in excess of $400M in the United States and $1.2B worldwide.
Pulsatile Tinnitus (PT) constitutes 4-10% of all tinnitus cases or up to 400,000 patients.
In Pulsatile Tinnitus, the auditory perception is repetitively synchronous to the patient’s heartbeat.
Patients who experience tinnitus have a 44% depression rate and 13% suicide rate.
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