Hi everyone, I am in grad school to be a librarian (I'm 24), so my life is every bit as quite as you might imagine. 4 weeks ago today I just went to a Christmas party and the horrible ringing has not gone away yet. These past few weeks have been so distressing. Noise drives me crazy, the sound of someone putting dishes away, or talking in a regular volume just sound so loud and make me cringe. Even after doing regular activities like going to the grocery store I find I have a plugged feeling in my ears and I fear it is just going to make things worse. I have been to several different doctors who have all just told me that it will go away and gave me a prescription for Ativan to help with the anxiety and sleeplessness - but I finally have an upcoming appointment with an ENT for an audiogram. I feel so distressed and helpless and have been isolating myself from everyone for the past several weeks, both because I am afraid of noise and because I just so damn depressed because of the ringing. I don't understand why my friends, who are routinely exposed to much greater noise than me were not impacted! And they have such a hard time understanding why I have been so distressed over some ringing (one told me to not say anything to anyone because I just sound like I am complaining over nothing). This past week I have been trying very hard to not focus on the ringing, hoping that diverting my attention will help things recover (before I would just sit at home all day and kept looking for the ringing noise, or placing my finger over my ear to look for the noise). Does anyone have any strategies to deal with the ringing that I could use? My partner has also had a difficult few weeks because I am so distressed and constantly depressed... It has been very challenging for our relationship... Has anyone dealt with this and found anything that helped? Also with my ENT appointment approaching, I want to be prepared with some good questions, or even treatment options that I can suggest if you have any insight. I know I packed a lot into this post but overall, I would also love to hear thoughts on anything I have described, and honestly.... I am really just hoping to hear that someone thinks it could go away.