Ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. More than 45 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, commonly called “ringing in the ears,” although other sounds can occur, too, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA):

“Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. It’s one of the most common health conditions in the country. Nearly 15 percent of the general public experiences some form of tinnitus. It’s not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying health issue, most frequently, the result of some level of hearing loss.”

Audiologist Dr. Susan Rogan, with offices in Westmont and LaGrange Park, explains that there is no cure for tinnitus, but several treatment options are available to help sufferers manage the symptoms.