PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: If you EVER wake up with ringing ears (or ear) with no explanation (i.e., you didn’t go to a loud concert), do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Go to the doctor immediately.
It could be something called Sudden Hearing Loss, which has no apparent explanation, and which I evidently experienced last week. It’s similar to Bell’s Palsy. I’ve had a steadily ringing (sometimes buzzing or whooshing) left ear with potential hearing loss, which could be permanent. I’m on a ton of steroids for two weeks to try to counteract this thing (so if I balloon, I am NOT PREGNANT). I’m pretty sad and scared and confused, but I’m also eternally grateful that I can hear anything right now, as some people with Sudden Hearing Loss wake up deaf. Going to a specialist tomorrow and to have hearing tests done on Thursday to try to learn more.
But the point is - If this is indeed what I have, it is best treated within 48 hours, so GO TO THE DOCTOR if you experience this. And love your senses and all of their depth and possibility.