Do you hear a constant sound in your ears, even though there is no external source linked to the noise? If so, you’re likely suffering from tinnitus, and you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from some degree of tinnitus, 16 million Americans experience such severe ringing that they require some type of treatment, and another 2 million suffer from such debilitating tinnitus that it impacts their daily lives.
Tinnitus is marked by phantom-like ringing, roaring, hissing, buzzing, or clicking noise; in other words, the sound can be heard, yet nothing outside of the ears appears to be making the noise. Those who suffer from tinnitus experience the sound on a regular, if not constant basis. It can affect one or both ears, and be mild or severe. What causes those phantom sounds? Here’s a look at 14 of the most common causes of tinnitus.