As mentioned above, the largest percentage of people who are afflicted with tinnitus are over the age of 50. In fact, it is often the first sign of presbycusis or age-related hearing loss. But why is ringing in the ears more common in older people than any other age group? – The reason simply has to do with the fact that they have experienced more damage to their hearing throughout their lives.
In other words, because they have been living longer, they have been exposed to more damaging sounds. As those tiny hairs that line the inner ear are damaged or completely lost with exposure to loud noises over the course of a lifetime, it stands to reason that older people are more likely to develop tinnitus. Additionally, older people are more likely to suffer from health conditions that have been linked to ringing in the ears, such as high blood pressure.