Hi, I posted here a few weeks ago but since then my worry has reached breaking point. Unlike many people on this forum, my tinnitus is very very mild, I would say it's 'barely there' however my ears, in particular my left one constantly feel full of air. Anyway, I am guessing that the damage I do have has been noise-induced. I am 20 right now and when I think back over the past 10 years or so I have used headphones a lot and sometimes for prolonged periods to listen to music. I don't think I ever made a conscious decision to blast my music but tbh there were times (probably a lot) where I would end up turning up the volume after getting used to it but I would never go out and purposefully blast tunes to the max but it was probably above 85db anyway... I have also been out clubbing a fair bit since coming to university two years ago and have experienced the usual ringing in my ears after a night out but it would always go away. Nonetheless, I am still extremely paranoid and anxious about my hearing - I may not have irritating debilitating tinnitus but I am worried that the damage will creep up on me in years to come. It's got to the point where I dread the future and feel very depressed and constantly have suicidal thoughts because of this. I was reading an article the other day and this sentence sent me into a spiral of anxiety: "Hearing specialists say the cases they're seeing now may be only the start of trouble for this generation because accumulated noise damage develops slowly and insidiously. A 15-year-old who regularly cranks the volume on his player for hours at a time may not experience any noticeable problems until he or she is in their mid- to late-20s." I have this gut feeling that I have irreparably damaged my hearing and I am at the end of my tether. I spend my days lying in bed because I'm too depressed to do anything. I'm so scared of being deaf by the time I am 30 which is still relatively young but my life would be over. I can't live my life with this horrendous anxiety any longer. Is my worry overblown? I feel like I've really latched on to that doom-laden article excerpt. I don't know if the issue lies more with my anxiety or my actual ears but I feel I have no hope for the future and it's killing me.