Within the last 4 months, I have developed a ringing my left ear. What's worse is that as the weeks go by, it is getting louder and louder - now it is at the point where I don't sleep well. It takes me a long time to fall asleep and it'll wake me up in the middle of the night and then I'm awake for a long time before I can fall asleep. I do have signs of hearing loss that can come with getting older (I'm 41), and so far I've seen my family doctor, an audiologist and as of yesterday, a ENT Physician. Each one tells me the same thing, it's most likely a side effect of hearing loss and there is nothing they can do to cure it. This scares the crap out of me because I don't know how I can go the rest of my life with this torture. Anyone who's been through it will say how brutal it is - there is no getting away from it and there is nothing you can do to even temporarily relieve it. The doctors have said that white noise (like a fan or TV) at night as "sound replacement" often helps but the problem is that my ringing is so loud that if I turned the TV up that loud it would wake the whole house. The one good thing is that I am getting an MRI this week to see if there is something medically wrong. This is one time that I am praying that they find something wrong that can explain or treat this - this is pure hell. So anyway, the one thing that these medical professionals all were adamant about - hearing protection while shooting a gun is an absolute must. I was never too concerned with it in the past but they say that is what "probably" led to the hearing loss and ringing.