Is this tinnitus? Hello, I have a weird problem. I have always had ringing in my ears, when in silent places but now I have a new problem. Sound causes my ears to ring louder than before, pulse and what feels like vibrating in the right ear. I can't use headphones anymore because they irritate my ears. I can't even listen to music, unless it is in small doses. I have been to the doctors and they said it was tinnitus. I had a hearing test done it the results were okay. Though I'm worried I might be causing damage to my ears somehow. Also I must note that I have holes and scars on both of my ear drums, which will be fixed one day. I have had them for awhile, but never had a problem like this. And sometimes when I lay on a ear it begins to pop and can last for ages, which is annoying. I'm confused and worried. I want to go back to the doctors but it is expensive and I will probably be told it is tinnitus again. Is it tinnitus or something else? And can sound cause tinnitus, if the sound isn't loud?