A major symptom of tinnitus is this persistent ringing in the ears. You hear music when none are playing. You feel a rattling sound in your ears. Most people who have tinnitus have subjective tinnitus or tinnitus that only you can hear.
Tinnitus sounds can vary in pitch, from a low roar to a loud squeak, and may be heard in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound may be so loud that it interferes with your ability to concentrate or hear external sound. Tinnitus can be present all the time, or it can come and go. Symptoms of tinnitus include a noise in the ears, such as a ringing, roaring, ringing, whistling, or whistling sound; the noise may be intermittent or continuous.
How do I know if I have tinnitus? If you experience constant ringing, ringing, knocking, whistling, or ringing in your ears, you probably have tinnitus.