When you sit in a quiet space, you might notice a faint ringing sound in your ears that seems to come from inside your head. Some perceived noise is normal. But an estimated 1 in 10 Americans hear louder ringing, roaring, hissing or whooshing sounds in one or both ears—a condition called tinnitus.
Tinnitus is often only a mild distraction. In other cases it may impact your ability to work, sleep and socialize, and can lead to depression, anxiety or aggravation.
While there often is no cure for tinnitus, a number of therapies can help you manage this stressful condition.