|Tinnitus affects nearly 36 million Americans, and is described by ringing ears, swishing sounds, or varying form of noise in the ears. It is not a disease or serious problem itself, but is rather a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
There are two main functions of the ear – hearing and balance. While the inner ear is responsible for both hearing and balance, the middle and external ear structures perform the task of collecting sound and conducting it to where it can be interpreted by the nervous system. Tinnitus disrupts these normal functions, yet it rarely is a cause for serious concern—although the noise can be quite a nuisance for the sufferer, leading some to seek conventional tinnitus treatment or a natural tinnitus remedy.