Hello, I have had this ringing in my ears for about 3 weeks. At first i did not think about it - I assumed it would go away, but after about 5 days, i realised this was not like anything i have experienced before. I felt well - my ears are bunged up for sure (i am getting some drops today) but I have no cold or infection from what i can tell. I think the trigger is a specialist hammer drill which makes a shrill noise about 80db and I was using that for about 15 minutes and in a small room which seemed to echo the noise in perfect resonance., Anyway - i think this is where this started. Its now 3 weeks later and its gotten worse if anything (not sure if thats just my mind playing tricks on me as the last few days i have started to really worry that this is permanent) Being in my 40's i am now used to the odd health complaint. Ive had back surgery and my knees are shot. But otherwise I'm in good shape. I have friends who have had really severe illnesses like cancer so i am putting this problem in perspective, but i must say, its driving me mad I am sure you've all been there? The noise is so loud that i can't hear the TV properly. As I am typing i can just hear this high pitched constant tone in my head. Its like torture. I am not the type to spend my life worrying - i have been there in the past and i dont want to go there again. If i have this then i need to accept it. So i am looking to see if the people here who are experienced can point me in the direction of rational deduction - what has likely caused this, is it permanent and what if anything can i do. Many thanks, Walter Some background on me if it helps to understand. As I say, im in my 40's and i have noticed my hearing has been getting worse for about 10 years. I find it difficult to hear people all the time especially in a crowded room. In the last couple of years, i have found that i need to turn the TV up more than others would want in the room. Its not so bad that its remarked upon by others, but i notice it. My Mum has very bad hearing. Has done for 40 years and while not deaf, she has siginificant loss at high frequencies. I think a lot of it is psychological if i'm honest - I'm not sure if she frankly knows how much loss is real or psychosomatic. I mention this only because there could be a genetic component if Tinnitus is hereditary. The only times i've had tinnitus before, apart from 2 or 3 times from a concert in my 20's, was if I stay up really late working on the computer doing programming or something. Then i notice i get a little ringing but that just goes as soon as my head hits the pillow and nothing in the morning. I never thought anything about it.