Hey everyone. I'm a 29 year old guy here in San Francisco. I hope it isn't considered rude to just join and ask for advice, but I just recently began dealing with tinnitus and don't have a good understanding of it yet and I have a question. I was at a concert on Wednesday night. I was right up at the stage, immediately in front of a speaker. The next day, I woke up with somewhat muffled hearing, a ringing sound, and some physical discomfort in my right ear. I was able to see an ENT doctor that day, and after a check up, he said there was no physical damage of any kind. Today, my hearing is much less muffled. The physical discomfort has also decreased. The ringing has gone away, except for when I either am in a loud place, talk for more than a few minutes, or have a cigarette. After any of these things, the ringing returns for a few minutes and then goes away again. I'm currently optimistic that these symptoms will dissipate over the next few days. I'm assuming they're resulting from the concert and that I will continue to gradually feel better until I no longer have these symptoms. Please let me know if you think this expectation is unreasonable! Additionally, I currently smoke 5-10 cigarettes a day. I know I need to quit. Obviously. But it would obviously be difficult to just quit cold turkey right now. But I'm wondering about the type of impact which smoking has on tinnitus. Will smoking just cause me to hear ringing for a few minutes, or will it actually increase how long this tinnitus lasts? Assuming for now that this would go away in a few days if I didn't smoke, will me smoking right now cause it to last beyond that? When I smoke, am I just risking a few minutes of ringing? Or am I risking causing this problem to continue longer? I appreciate this place existing. This is an unexpected issue for me to be dealing with. Any input or information would be greatly appreciated!