I hope you find this forum as usefull as I did. I too was just diagnosed just recently in January and my first visit with a specilist was absoultely overwhelming. I understood what they said to me and they were nice and kind about if but it was sort of like being hit by a 2x4. But one of the things they gave me was a brochure form ANA and i looked it up and, well, here I am. I learned a lot - A LOT in this forum and form the ANA publications. Use them and learn as much as you can. By the time I got my second opinion I was able to ask intelligent questions and decided that I was a good candidate to watch and wait. My symptoms,like yours, are relatively mild - "wierd" hearing and ringing in my ears - but no hearing loss or anything else. These grow very slowly and and it's not likley that your symptoms will change abruptly - which gives you time to drink it in and get comfortable with the options. Don't rush in if you don't need to but still do what you are comfortable with. Beleive me, the thought of hearing loss at any age (I'm 49) isn't pleasant but you do have options - which I am sure you've already figured out from all of the fantastic responses you've gotten. Welcome and I hope you find some peace here!