We can’t really escape the soundtrack of modern life – from the alarm clock to the computer, the telephone, home appliances, and of course, traffic. But for many people, there’s a noise inside their heads that can be louder than what’s going on outside. Over 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus and there are those who don’t realize that the ringing in their ears has a name. Of those 50 million, 12 million are estimated to have severe tinnitus where they seek medical treatment. Tinnitus is often caused by prolonged or sudden exposure to loud noises. Other causes include stress, chemotherapy, head and neck trauma, sinus infections, or multiple sclerosis. So far there is no cure, but we do have a better understanding of tinnitus, and what we can do about it. Research at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has determined that tinnitus is more a ringing in the brain, than a ringing in the ears. There are new treatments being developed every day. Some people have seen results from homeopathic treatments.