Well, I've had tinnitus since for about 7-8 years, since I was 15 or so but it gradually got worse, in the last 3 years its worsened to the extent that I can hear it over everything unforuntelty. I went out to clubs, concerts etc without hearing protection while already having moderate tinnitus and now my tinnitus is always very loud. It's scary to think you will never hear silence again but at least I could go get a hearing aid or something, I might go try one out but I've always been reluctant since im so young. I'm pretty sure I developed it using headphones and going to gigs when I was younger and worsened it by going out and continuing to use headphones. I am very rundown with it. I always suffer from chronic nasal congestion so im hoping if I fix that it might ease off somewhat. Both my ears always feel congested too, might be to do with sinus or its just hearing loss I guess. I use hearing protection now but if it continues to worsen I don't know how I'll deal with it. I have ny sound oasis full blast at night and can hear my T clearly over it. Bleh. If you have just developed T, don't do what I did.