I think I'm having some minor hearing loss. I've been noticing little things for several months, but lately difficult child is really complaining about the tv being too loud, yet I'm still missing parts of what is being said. I've had ringing in my ears since I was a teenager. It would come and go, then in my mid to early twenties it became constant, but fairly mild. It was one of those things that just progressed, so you got used to it and didn't think about it. Actually, most of my symptoms have been like that. But, it has been getting worse over the last 2 years, is a very high pitch and has gotten so bad over the last 3 days that it's actually painful. It's worse in my right ear and there is also a muffled undertone, so all I really hear out of that ear is the ringing. But, at the same time, I'm very sensitive to loud noises...or certain pitches. I haven't taken the time to discern between the two. I think I'm going to make an appointment tomorrow with the ENT. There is an audiologist who works in that office, too. The ringing in my right ear is becoming pretty miserable. I'm really too young and rather sick of this stuff.