🧘 I have tinnitus, and this inner noise makes meditation difficult. What would you recommend?
In this practice, what can be powerfully illuminating in our experience is the difference between what's being known and our relationship to it. So there is the sound itself—vibration, tone, pitch, frequency, volume and so on—and our relationship to it, meaning do we like it, dislike it, wish it would stop, continue or otherwise. And then in that seeing, we can begin to discern where the stress or suffering lie. And perhaps you've noticed that the more aversion or resistance there is to the sound, the more unpleasant or stressful it becomes. Even labeling the sound as 'noise' creates a sense of aversion to it. Part of the practice here is to welcome and even befriend our experience in its totality—the present moment includes the tinnitus—it isn't any other way than it is.
So we can begin to explore what happens when we approach it with a sense of allowing rather than perceiving it as a problem or a distraction. And notice the aversion that arises in response to the sound (i.e. wanting it to stop or go away.) Most of the time, we think we're being mindful of something unpleasant, but actually we just want it to go away. Paying attention with this aversion in the mind actually ends up fueling the thoughts and can keep the unpleasant cycle in place. That 'not liking' can also just be known, and not a problem, too.
There are also various traditions of using this inner sound as an object for our concentration. In one tradition, it's referred to as listening to the sound of silence — the inner sound, which is basically tinnitus. Here is an article by an esteemed teacher describing this very method.