Hello everyone, my name is Josh. I've had tinnitus for almost 2 months now (since the 19th December 2012), and it started because I kept listening to music too loud and I had no idea what it was doing to my ears. I was incredibly stupid and you can probably guess how much I regret it now. My tinnitus is like a loud ringing sound, a constant 'eeeeeeeeee' is the best way to describe it. I found it really hard during the first few weeks and I kept getting quite upset about it. I also have type 1 diabetes so I had quite a lot to deal with before my tinnitus started. For the last month or so I've been coping with my tinnitus pretty well and I have tried my best to stop it from bothering me, and at school I usually do not notice it at all. I've figured that a lot of tinnitus is psychological and that the more positive you are about it the less you notice it. However for the last couple of days I've been having quite a tough time with it again and with exams at school piling on it's harder to get away from it as the only sounds you can hear during a test is the sound of pens clicking and paper rustling, so it doesn't cover it very well. I don't think it has got any worse but I just think I am noticing it more for some reason. But I'm a bit concerned because when I get upset about it I have some very dark thoughts despite the fact that I'd consider myself to be quite a happy person generally. It has changed my life quite a lot and although I usually begin to feel better about it after a while it's not the ideal situation. Another tough part is that nobody really understands quite how bad it is. I honestly have nobody else to talk to in real life about it that truly gets how I feel about it, so that's one of the main reasons why I've signed up to here. I'm quite interested in what works for people to give them relief from the T. I hope you are all coping ok.