I have had ringing of the ears (tinnitus) since I was 8 years old (now 34.) My doctor sent me for an MRI just to be safe. I use a white noise machine to help me when I sleep at night. It works pretty good. I really don't hear the ringing a lot during the day, unless it is absolutely silent, so I tend to stay around background noise to mask the ringing. You may want to look into some herbs that can help; I haven't tried any. Hope this helps!