My name is Chris and I'm 21. I started to notice sounds in my left year in 2008. Back then I could barely hear it in a silent room. A year later I went to a concert and my ears rung really bad after. A few days later it grew fainter but I could hear it very well in both ears, slighty louder in my left, at night or when wearing enclosed headphones. It didn't bother me at all, but I noticed that sometimes I would have trouble following conversation in loud environments like a restaurant. I should add that at this point the t sounded like whitenoise and a high pitched ringing. In March of this year the volume increased after watching a movie with enclosed headphones. Still nothing I couldn't handle. After this incident I swore to never use headphones and go near loud noise again. Unfortunately, I went to a night club in June and it totally destroyed my ears (yes I know it's a stupid thing to do. Let's just say that alcohol and peer pressure makes it difficult to say no). Now the ringing is extremely loud compared to before. I can now hear it 24/7 and it's driving me insane. It has taken over my life. In addition I got a hearing loss (although my audiogram was in the normal range). I now have difficulty hearing what's being said on TV and in movies and can't hear people talking in the next room. Furthermore music sounds totally different and my ears will ache, feel full and warm after long sessions of listening on moderat volume (speakers). Then there's the sound sensitivity. Clapping, clinging of silverware and loud music are like knives stabbing in my head. Going to the movies is now like walking straight into hell. My friends and family don't seem to understand what I'm going through. They keep talking with soft voices, playing loud music and call me a wuss if I complain about it. I'm literally terrified of loud sounds now and it's affecting my social life. Being told that my ears look completely normal doesn't help my situation at all. The feeling of helplessness is awful. I would say that my quality of life has been reduced by as much as 70%. Thinking about my t and hearing loss every day is all but depressing.