Hi guys and girls, My name is Bas, I am 23 years old born and living in the Netherlands and having Tinnitus since 21-01-2015. I am reading this forum for two weeks now, 1st of all I would like to give you my respect for people's courage, compassion and living with this symptom in any form every day. At 10-01-2015 on a Saturday night I went out (for the last time) in a very loud club in Germany when I went home from a 1 hour drive I noticed my ears were suffering from “disco-tinnitus”. The next day I still had a slight ringing in my ears but it wasn’t as bad as it was the day before. On Monday the ringing disappeared during the day so no worries for me. A remarkable thing was, that evening a friend of mine, which joined me that night told me about he always hear a light ringing when he goes to bed. He didn’t wore earplugs that night which he normally does and didn’t noticed any difference in his Tinnitus after that night. Maybe some little voice into my head activates something which might sounds familiar to you: “cognitive perception”. From that Monday until 21-01-2015 I didn’t noticed any ring in my head or ears although I slept in silence room and play games with my headset (on safe volume level). Well, then in the evening of 21-01-2015 I was gaming with my headset on and accidently putted my feet on the red power button of an extension cord. Everything was silence in a second and there it was: A RING (in my left ear), I immediately panicked because I already knew (because of a TV-show some years ago) that such ring is not going away. I immediately linked this ring to the night out of 10-01-2015. That night I went to bed early but waked up at 4:00AM with having an anxious attack. The ringing is a high pitched monotone sound from an old television, I can hear it all day beside in my car, under the shower and during gym time. Started in my left ear but soon it was in my left head, now it is for the most time at the right sight of my head. In the period before the ringing I was under major stress during large project (bachelor thesis) and high expectations from myself, school and the company I write the thesis for. Two days before the ringing started my proposal was rejected what caused an unpleasant feeling a short night sleep. The next day I went to my GP and he sent me to an ENT, which I could visit on 27-01-2015. During the days I was very panicking and anxious and for 2 hours light headed (probably because of stress). On the 27th of January I did an standard audio-gram at the ENT an my hearing was normal, she told me that this ringing happened to more people and that it probably would go away in two months. That was it and I felt pretty good and almost didn’t noticed the ringing for one week. Then on the 3rd of February I was playing games again and because I like social stuff, putted on the headset to talk to some friends. I immediately heard the ringing again and the anxious feelings came back just as fast as they disappeared after I visited my ENT. Since that day until the 28 of February I had good and bad days but it didn’t worried me that much. Until the first week of March, my anxious came back because of the lack of information provided by professionals and I started to visit internet sites (I know, never do that). This resulted in a panic attack at the 5th of March. This panic attack held on until Sunday 8 March. I took two days off work, visited my GP again and I slowly started to be myself again. Ever since the 5th of March I have a little depression this is not only caused because of the ringing which is now at the right sight of my head. I am also dizzy, every day since the panic attack and this holds on for almost 3 weeks now. Mostly I am dizzy when watching to a computer screen, it just starts and goes on for 3-4-5 up to 8 hours until I stop watching the computer screen and then the dizziness stops really quickly. Since 5 march I was only dizzy 3 times in busy environments where a lot of people were talking. This dizziness worries me now just as much as the ringing in my head. I am constantly feeling myself down/dejected and I am really worried if I will ever be able to enjoy life as much as I did before. The ringing in my head + the dizziness is just putting me on so much stress. I am stressed out from the start of the day until I sleep. I don’t know how but I sleep almost as good as I always did (seems to be a blessing from god). Only sometimes I wake up at night with very hard whizzing of my ear drums (looks like I just walked out of a club). I just can’t enjoy anything since the ringing started, when I go to the gym the ringing seems to be so much louder after it. I try not to listen to it but I still hear it, it just panicking me out so much!! Have made some new appointments with professionals, visited my GP again today but nothing he could do (blood pressure was fine). Have made an appointment at the 11th of April with an ENT and on 22 April with an audio logical centre. Also the 1st of April I have an introduction at a physical therapy to see if something is wrong with my neck/shoulder muscles. Do you people have any advice for me not to listen to it / not let it be irritating for the whole day? My mental health is decreasing so much and I normally always am a chill guy with an “everything is going to be all right” attitude. It seems like I lost my faith into this attitude. I need some good support/tips how I can get my happy life back, and how I can reduce the thinking in my head. Thanks for reading my story. All the best to you!