Apologies if this has been done before but I couldn't see anything. I'm interested to know how other people's tinnitus, hyperacusis and various other ear problems started. Apologies if I have missed any major categories but I will go back and add them in if that can be done. There is next to know awareness out there, at least where I live, before someone gets tinnitus. I'm interested to know how frequently the onset of tinnitus could be avoided if the condition were taken more seriously by the various authorities that govern our lives.