Hello everyone. I've had tinnitus in some shape or form for over half of my life. Tinnitus started in my early to mid teens and I will turn 34 on Wednesday. I'm thankful to find a place like this and hope I can contribute something while learning for myself. I'm a farmer in Nebraska and have been all my life. Needless to say, I've been around loud machinery all my life and I do have some hearing loss. I have yet to use hearing aids, though I think some would very much like it if I did. It seems like it takes less and less to trigger my tinnitus. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I even wear hearing protection when vacuuming. Crowded places like sports events are hell for me. With farm machinery, I'm very protective now. It took me several years to give in and protect my ears. When you're young, that's not a priority and certainly not cool. I'm always looking for something new, more comfortable, and more protective. I want to prevent further hearing loss, but also keep my tinnitus in check. Thanks for running such a positive group!