Hi Everyone, new to this forum hope others here can shed some light on my situation. A brief history of myself. About 10 years ago i used to swim a lot and suffered a few ear infections. My right ear developed a hole that wouldn't close so had surgery. I remember back then going for an audiogram and struggling to hear some frequencies as i had a ringing in my ear.. nevertheless my results showed a 10 % decrease in my right ear. the ringing in my ears stopped and i never noticed the hearing loss. fast forward a few years and a friend burst my left eardrum(we were wrestling) i remember ringing but back then it didn't bother me. Ear healed and ringing vanished. If i think back to the past i can always remember ringing in my ears but it went away or i forgot about it. I remember going to clubs and coming home with ringing that would be gone the next day, I would often leave when the club closed and thinking back now makes me angry that i took my ears for granted, I just didn't know tinnitus was such a terrible and chronic thing. If i'm going to lose my hearing fine, you think silence, i like silence. But why we have to have an annoying ringing is a mystery to me, just one of the many things life can throw at you i guess. I mean what is next its so hard to stay positive these days. Without your health you have nothing. Anyway to my current situation I developed tinnitus almost three weeks ago in both ears, I can't remember the exact day it started i think i thought oh here is the ringing it'll go away, but it didn't. I didn't go out to any loud club it was a chilled weekend, which i think it started on. Only thing I can think is I was swimming quite frequently prior without my ear plugs, and i played soccer and just remembered my ear hurting really bad afterwards. So I noticed this ringing is staying with me and it had been a couple of days, I haven't had any ear fullness but i was getting alot of those random ringing deafening spike that last few seconds before i got this constant ringing. I went to GP and he said i had a post nasal drip and the ringing would go away after treating it. After seeing the gp i went out to a bar for a friends birthday i didn't use ear protection and they were playing loud music, i was there for probably 4 hours( so stupid) now its been two weeks since that and I still have loud ringing and have noticed my ears are sensitive to loud noises(high pitched) aswell. I'm so angry with myself and feel that going to that bar without protection has given me permanent tinnitus and hypercusis and thats why it has stayed for so long. I went to the ENT a week ago and he says i still have post nasal drip and has put me on steriods and stronger nose spray but no improvement. I honestly don't know how i can live like this it is so annoying I am now putting cotton in my ears to try and rest them. But as the days go on I'm becoming less hopeful. I just want to go back in time. I'm 25 years old and can't imagine living like this for the rest of my life. What if it gets worse, its already loud i can hear it when watching tv, seems louder in my right but both ears definitely have. Thanks you to anyone who took the time to read my story.