Nearly 50 million Americans experience tinnitus, or nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population. Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no external sound present. Others can’t hear what you’re hearing, and it’s often referred to as “ringing in the ears.”
However, the reference to ringing doesn’t exactly ring true, as sufferers may complain of sounds that include hissing, buzzing, whistling or swooshing. For many, the condition resolves after a couple of days, but roughly 20 million struggle with chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have a debilitating form of the condition.
Currently, there is no cure, but there are treatment options that give sufferers better quality of life and may reduce the severity of the symptoms.