Information Quick guides What is tinnitus? 8. I'm hearing noises in my head not my ears! Although tinnitus is often thought to be an ear problem, it’s generated further up in the auditory system by the brain itself. The perception of tinnitus varies from person to person - the noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears or in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location – or it may even ‘move’ around. All of this is perfectly normal for tinnitus. For more information, find out all about tinnitus.