Hello! I just joined this after researching tinnitus on the web a little bit. I'm currently 14, and I've had a quiet ringing in my ears for about as long as I can remember. I mostly hear it at night time or whenever else the room is really silent, but the ringing gets a bit louder occasionally so that I can hear it other times, too. I've never worried too much about it - mostly because it's usually only a bother when I'm trying to sleep - but also partially because I wasn't sure if it was normal, I guess. I haven't actually talked to a doctor about it, but after learning about tinnitus I think I will so I can find out if what I have really is tinnitus. I've gotten along fine with it for several years at least, though, so I'm still not too concerned, I guess. As for what may of caused it, I can think of a few instances when I was really young and was exposed to excessively loud noise. I just joined this forum, and I plan on browsing a lot more, but feel free to share your story about tinnitus with me! I'd especially love to hear if anyone got tinnitus at a really young age.