It is common to experience an occasional ringing in your ears. But ringing in the ears that does not get better or go away is an ear condition called tinnitus. You may hear a sound, such as a ringing or roaring, that nobody else can hear. The sound may keep time with your heartbeat, it may keep pace with your breathing, it may be constant, or it may come and go. The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss that occurs with aging, but it can also be caused by living or working around loud noises. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tinnitus develops, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
The curse of the boomer generation, tinnitus -- or ringing in the ears -- affects an estimated 35 million Americans. But it's not a disease. Rather, it's a symptom of some common, often treatable, medical problems.