Why do my ears feel overwhelmed by white noise?

Tinnitus. This question has been addressed a number of times. Ent docs see this problem all the time. A number of questions arise. Are you exposed to loud noise (hunting, noisy occupation)? Your question suggests that both ears are involved. Although this is likely a perfectly benign condition, you should have an ear examination and a hearing test. Tinnitus is presently thought to be a central problem.