Hey guys! I have to be honest, its been a long time since I posted on this forum, but I thought I would share a little bit of info for those that are struggling with tinnitus or have gained it recently I joined this forum roughly two years ago after a major full blown panic attack about tinnitus and pretty much went through hell. I probably had tinnitus to some extent all my life, but was exacerbated through frequent clubbing and loud music. I just thought that I would provide some little tips and pointers for those that are finding it hard to cope etc, as I have personally managed to deal with it very well over the last 2 years: 1) In my opinion, I think the best thing that worked for me was ACCEPTANCE. Yes, this can be particularly daunting and difficult, but once you accept that you have tinnitus, it starts to bother you less and less everyday until you get to a point where you are at peace with it. Once you are at peace with it, you won't notice it that much/or you will learn to tune it out 2) Do not compare yourself to other people (e.g. "why me", "why do I have tinnitus"; this only promotes depressive thoughts/anxiety). You may get thoughts that life is unfair etc ... but to be honest, everyone has some problems in their life about certain things. The important thing is to know and learn how to play the cards you've been dealt with 3) In time you will learn to tune out the tinnitus, I promise! (do not try to actively block it out or keep checking if you have blocked it out). This is probably this hardest bit, because during the "difficult" stage when you have acquired tinnitus, you genuinely don't believe that it will get better - but it will! 4) Live your life as normal! - Yes, it will be hard during the beginning, but once you get into the routine of normal life, your tinnitus will become less intrusive 5) Do not regret! - You may have thoughts about regretting listening to loud music....going to an extremely loud rave/clubbing etc - but try and avoid these thoughts, as whatever is in the past cannot be changed - you probably would've done it anyway! 6) Be wary of your tinnitus and/or hearing damage, but DO NOT let it take over your life! - Some people may disagree with my on this one, but in my opinion ENJOY YOUR LIFE! Don't miss out on social situations/drinking alcohol or whatever because you're afraid of your tinnitus etc, instead be cautious - like wearing earplugs if needed and not doing anything excessive! 7) Get support if you need it! - Whether with meds and/or psychotherapy. I personally battled through it, and only took valerian root on bad days to calm the anxiety. I was quite lucky as I had friends and relatives with tinnitus who had been through it and understood what I was going through. The fact that they were able to relate to me helped me, and the fact that they were living their lives as normal helped me to recover faster! 8) Give it time... Unfortunately, this is something that people do not want to hear, but you will have to face the fact that it the change doesn't happen overnight, but you will gradually learn to cope and adapt better with each passing day. You will eventually look back and reflect one day and see how well you have recovered I hope that this post does not offend anyone, only meant to support those who are having a difficult time Please let me know if anyone has any questions or disagrees with any of the aforementioned tips!