Hi, I've had tinnitus since August 8th of 2009 after going to an AC/DC concert in the front rows without earplugs. It was my first concert ever and I fucked it up. Anyways I had tinnitus since and while first months were hard, I managed to cope and I also thing I developped some form of hyperacusis since it seems I think everything is louder than most people I see. I even got into college in music but left after 2 years for other reasons than tinnitus. I even went back to see ACDC again this year with ear protection. While the sound from the show was so-so with earplugs I at least preventent more damage to my ears. Fast forward to now, I've been to a job party this saturday and during the dinner the sound was bearable while a little too loud to my ears, figured it was the hyperacusis freaking me out. Then the "party" started, didn't wear earplugs and I thought it was way too loud. I probably stayed in the room for about 30 min before leaving because I couldn't stand it and got scared to make my tinnitus worse. Right now I think I developped another tone in my left ear which was the one "aiming" at one of the speakers at that evening. I recall hearing an Eb in my ears, but not this loud. Either I freak about it and it was always there or it really got worse. Anyways I told myself it was the last time I was going to this kind of event for the sake of my ears. I guess I wouldn't be here if I wasnt freaking about it but sometimes its good to know I'm not alone in this hell.