Most people experience an ear, nose or throat problem from time to time. Here’s what you need to know.
- One in four Americans over age 65 suffer disabling hearing loss. The rate doubles to one in two by age 75. But hearing loss can begin much earlier. Nearly 3 million children live with hearing loss; half are under age 3. About 15 percent of people over age 18 report some trouble hearing.
- Dizziness and vertigo affect from 5 to 10 percent of the general population and 40 percent of those over 40. Inner ear disturbance is thought to be the cause of balance disorders.
- Tinnitus creates a perception of sound that can be ringing, buzzing, clicking, whistling, swooshing and hissing. Fifty millions Americans—about 15 percent of the population—experience some form of this disorder. There is no research-based cure for tinnitus, but it can be managed.
- Eleven million people in the United States get strep throat every year. It is an infection caused by group A streptococcus bacteria and is treated with antibiotics to heal faster and help prevent the spread of the infection.
- Head and neck cancer refers to different malignant tumors in or around the throat, larynx, nose sinuses and mouth. It affects over 63,000 people in the United States every year. Most people are over 50 when they are diagnosed. The five-year survival rate depends on a number of factors including its location and stage when it is diagnosed.