Hello, 29 year old year, soon to be 30 in a few months. Big one coming up! :O I suffer from fairly loud tinnitus. Much of my hearing damage probably comes from many parts of my lifestyle. Loud music, praticing guitar without earplugs (won't be doing that anymore!) as well as living in a city, working in loud restaurants and for noisy crowded events for money, etc. going to raves and parties a lot. I've never taken hearing seriously until roughly 18 months ago. Before I shrugged off loud music as harmless. Since then I started 'noticing' a high-pitched whine in my ears, and from then on it has been exhausting. Difficult to sleep, difficult to concentrate and everything else. Maybe the tinnitus has been going on for longer than I expected but I just blocked it out. Obviously standing next to an amp and playing heavy metal will do some damage, but I never thought it would be permanent! How daft is that! As a guy you learn to 'bear with' adversary, but the high pitch noise never shuts up. Sometimes it fluctuates - this is hard to describe. Other times, it can disappear completely if I gulp, sneeze or choke, and then comes back again. The doctor has cleared out my ear but the ringing still persists. I haven't seen a specialist. Anyway enough about me, will be reading your posts on the forum, thanks for reading!