I've been a member for a week and never made an intro post soo here we go! My story starts about 4 days or so before the new year. My boyfriend sent me a link to a VERY loud video (without warning). Somehow my earbuds were on the maximum volume so you can imagine how that went down. My whole face tensed up and I ripped the earbuds out. (I even smelled a faintly weird smell in my nose immediately after, not sure what that means lol) My ears felt irritated but I brushed it off and went on listening to music kind of loudly for the next few days (stupid me). So a few days pass by and I'm watching tv when I noticed my right ear kind of crackling and tensing up everytime the man on the show yelled or raised his voice. I was kind of panicked by this and even more so when I was doing dishes the next day and realized that whenever the silverware clanked together it seemed more amplified and my ears would tense up. So I began my research. I was able to rule out hyperacusis simply because it's not so much pain that loud noise brings me it's more of my ear muscles tensing up which was really bothersome at first. Although I did have sharp ear, jaw, face, and neck pain which was due to tonic tensor tympani syndrome (which I still have today it's just less intense) that I reckoned is what I have since I matched all of the symptoms perfectly, As well as acoustic shock/trauma. I started wearing earplugs around the house but I read that only makes it worse so I learned to relax my body before loud noise as to not make my ears tense up and be so anxious. I also have been listening to white and pink noise at night which I feel helped a bit (and has done well at masking my tinnitus for the most part) Getting to tinnitus... I've had fleeting tinnitus since I was a kid, I remember having a high pitched tone that would come and go for a few seconds at a time. But what I have now is different. I'd describe it as an electrical hissing. The best I could compare it to is if you put your ear up to one of those little toy watches kids have and you can hear that faint electric hissing or if you're around a lot of wires. My tinnitus didn't start (or perhaps I didn't notice it) until about Thursday night. I feared having chronic tinnitus once I read about it while researching what was wrong with my ears earlier on. Once I noticed it I became really frantic and started to cry, and with this it got louder. Now I'm very fortunate in that I can mask this to some point and or distract myself 80% of the time yet tinnitus does not really fit my personality. I have severe anxiety and OCD and I know there's a link between tinnitus and anxiety. Because of the OCD I feel like I NEED to listen for my T if I'm not already concentrated on it and once I do zone in on it I get very anxious and it stays with me. I find it gets worse at night for some reason also. It's especially hard to listen to the tv and sometimes to listen to music (since my incident I keep the volume very low and have volume control on) Anyways this is getting really long but since I'm only about two weeks in with this whole ear situation I really hope that means I can still recover and not have this forever. But if I do I believe I can live with it, it will just be a challenge for a bit. Anybody else been in a situation like this or have recovered? Thanks for reading!