Hi all. This is post is a sort of mini vent I suppose, so bear with me. I acquired the T beast back in July 2014. A bolt out of the blue and the following months were an absolutely dreadful time however I managed to pull myself out of the dark and by around January 2015 I was pretty much back to normal and in a state of "habituation". My tinnitus was still there, although it just no longer bothered me on the whole. I'm not sure if the volume lowered or my perception of it just tailed off due to it not being on my mind 24/7 like it was in the bad days. Since then, as I think my tinnitus was noise induced, I have been really careful with my ears. No more ear buds and I invested in some good ear plugs if I found myself in loud environments. My tinnitus remained stable and was no longer an issue in my life and I had it beaten. Or so I thought.... Ten days ago I was out with my friends to see a rock concert, as usual before I left the house I checked to see if I had my earplugs with me which I had. All good. Several alcoholic beverages later and I find myself in the venue and just before the band come on I check and...i've lost my earplugs. On a sober mind I would have left the venue. Unfortunately for me, I've had several drinks and i'm having a good time with my friends and I have the "What's the worst that could happen?" thought and boom I stay for the entire show my ears unplugged. 2 hours later I'm leaving the venue and I can tell my ears aren't happy with me. Sure the gig was loud, but it wasn't uncomfortably loud. The ringing sound was definitely elevated when I got home but I thought i'd just sleep it off and all would be well in the morning. That complacent mindset. Skip forward 10 ten days and here I am creating a thread again on TT. As I feel I'm dangerously close to going "down the hole" again with this condition. My anxiety levels are creeping up as I am aware of my Tinnitus constantly now, always listening out for it. The volume has lowered since the night of the concert however it's still louder than it usually is and I am now beginning to worry this is my new normal. One bad decision has wrecked the normality I built back up and I am quite angry with myself now. If I had my old tinnitus back i'd be a very relieved man. Moral of the story, if you have tinnitus and have made peace with it, don't take any stupid needless risks, the regret is relentless. Hoping my T goes back down to what it was but I fear it won't. Anyone got a similar experience that worked out well in the end? Would love to hear it right now! cheers!