The Golden-eared Tanager has an estimated breeding and resident range of 99,800 km2 (BirdLife International 2011), thus the range size is larger than the threshold necessary for a classification as Vulnerable. This species is considered to be uncommon within its range (Parker et al. 1996). Although the population size is unknown, it is suspected to be decreasing due to habitat destruction (BirdLife International 2011). This decrease in population is not sufficiently rapid, however, to meet BirdLife International’s threshold for a Vulnerable classification. Parker et al. (1996) considered T. chrysotis to have a "medium" degree of sensitivity to human disturbance relative to other Neotropical birds.