Hello all. About a week ago I went to a really loud rock gig that my friend was playing in. My first real loud show and obviously you know where this is going. I have had the ringing in my ears since (I honestly didn't even know ear plugs at concerts was really a thing, but I know now!) Anyways I went to my doc and she said "just give it a few weeks", as they say to me about almost everything, but I can't help but assume this is permanent. I know most you of have had this a lot longer than I and I am truly sorry to hear that. I do have the tiniest bit of hope that it will still subside (trying to avoid being too hopeful), but based on everything I have read I doubt it. For the past two years I have had serious mental issues including depression and anxiety. But since the beginning of this I can't even comprehend how angry I am at myself for not protecting my ears at the concert (like not even plugging them with my fingers...) My anxiety and depression has noticeably worsened. I haven't felt normal for such a long time and now it feels like any hope of that happening is gone forever. Now I'm sure that all of you have heard these sob stories about people like me being stupid and careless with our ears at music events, work etc, and worrying after such a short amount of time but I hope this message doesn't get under the skin of anyone. I need to find somewhere that I can express my emotions. I am only 20 years old, in university, and can't even imagine how I will ever be able to focus in school/work/life anymore. I'm SO scared. With all that said any help with ways to cope with T will be much appreciated. I've already tried white noise to help with sleep but that doesn't seem to help much. Thank you for reading and hope to hear from you soon.