Thanks for your detailed response. I just realized that I am an empath a year ago. Although I now recognize that I was empathic for many years and didn't know it. For years I have heard ghosts banging around my house. I hear it and my dogs often react to the sounds as well. I also have heard voices when no one is there. And we've even had a few instances where things move or get thrown off a counter by an unseen entity. And a couple weeks ago I was alone with my dogs at home and they looked really freaked out. When I investigated I heard a woman humming in the kitchen. The humming stopped once I entered the kitchen and no one was there. On other occasions I have been by myself at home and have heard my Dad, wife, or son call for me from across the house even though they were not home (this is the most upsetting thing that happens when ghosts imitate voices of people I know). I also recently walked into a dark vacant room at my house and there were multiple voices whispering in conversation that I couldn't quite make out. And aside from hearing things I also often see shadows out of the corner of my eye or over my shoulder. My daughter is an empath as well and sees ghosts in detail in front of her so we have quite a lot of visitors checking in on us.
I've had two psychic things getting a lot stronger this past year. The first is that I am starting to have more visions that come true and a general "knowing feeling" on certain topics. These visions used to come in dreams but more recently are happening while I am awake. And then the latest is the ringing in my ears has really picked up. I'm pretty healthy so I doubt the ringing is medical related. And given all the other spiritual stuff that I have going on, it seems to fit the clairaudience description. I don't hear words when this happens, just a piercing sound in one ear (never both). It's not overly annoying. It's usually high pitched but can sometimes buzz. When it happens it almost feels like there is an atmospheric change in the room and sometimes the temperature gets cold.
I often hear voices and banging around walls and ceilings while I sleep and get woken up by things. About a year ago there was a white light coming out of my TV at 3AM that was turned off at the time. It looked almost as if someone was inside the TV pointing a flashlight light outward at me. And the white light would move on the screen. This happened a few times a week for a month and then suddenly stopped. I felt pretty calm when I saw it so I like to think it was a good being but who knows? But my point is that I am often woken up by things at night so I take an over the counter sleep aid to help keep me asleep. The good news is that I sleep better. The bad news is that I'm drugged so I don't remember most of my dreams. Although I do recall about 6 years ago that I awoke from a horrible dream where a robed and hooded faceless dark creature was approaching my bed. I was going through a tough time that got worse for years after that dream. I have since read that I may have been visited by a low level demon that attached to me and kept me in a dark place for years.
So now that I've given you a little info. on my background, I am reaching out to you and others in the community looking for help with two questions:
1) If I am correct and I am developing clairaudience, what's next? How do I develop this skill so that I can actually tune into these sounds to retrieve a message?
2) I am concerned that the more I develop these psychic skills that I may attract bad entities to myself and my family. I do carry protection stones with me and practice grounding. But aside from that, does anyone have any additional protection tips?