not sure if this is an empath thing or not
I still get ringing in one ear on occasion... this happened regularly during my kundalini awakening. I now call it "angel radio" (as this could be messages being "downloaded") and simply ask (silently) that the volume be turned down. I usually have to state it 2-3 times, but within a minute or so the ringing is gone.
I am generally more sensitive to sound and also to light now. Also to a lot of food additives. Especially fast food that I used to be able to eat no problem now turns my stomach in knots.