What is Tinnitus?
According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. This phenomenon is usually described as a “ringing in the ears.” However, tinnitus can present as buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, or even clicking. Patients can experience this as a temporary condition or unfortunately as an ongoing disorder. The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 50 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree.