My original tinnitus injury is from a concert in 2008. I was 18 years old and didnt realize how damaging the sound at a concert could be. I was on the rail right in front of a speaker for a 3 hour rock concert. When I left the show I had both ear damage and tinnitus. In the following weeks I noticed my hearing had improved but the ringing never went away. It drove me mad; I had depression, anxiety, panic attacks, little to no sleep and suicidal. It was a long recovery but after a few years I eventually learned to cope with it. Eventually I stopped thinking about it and would only notice it if I focused on it. Over the years I would have flare ups but they would always stop. I always noticed when I had a sinus infection the ringing would be incredibly flared or if I was exposed to loud noise up but it would subside. 3 days ago I went to a salsa dance and after leaving I noticed a severe tinnitus flare up. I wore dB noise cancelling ear plugs as I always do when I get to these dances. Before the dance started the DJ was testing his speakers and somehow managed to blast the volume at max before I had my plugs in. Also half way through the show somehow one of my plugs had come loose and fell out. I dont know if this plug was not properly inserted for the whole show (i really hope not) or if some sweat caused it to loosen. Today my tinnitus is loud and seriously affecting my life once again. I had a panic attack in the washroom at work today. I am currently living and working (temporarily) far from home so I don't have any support around here. I am very anxious that this new level of ringing will be permanent and I cant stop obsessing about it.