The TinnitusFree Foundation is a fundraising and campaigning institute that aims to increase the search for a cure, and awareness and prevention.
Tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) affects up to 15% percent of the world population. 20% of those with tinnitus are severely disabled, that is 3% of the total population. 1 in 100 patients attempts suicide. The number of young people with tinnitus has doubled in recent years, mainly due to wearing in-ear buds and exposure to noise in nightlife, festivals and concerts. Scientific research on tinnitus is still in its infancy. The exact cause of tinnitus is currently unknown. There is no known cure – but there are hundreds of deceptive claims.