Hi, I'm 19 years old and I've always had very mild tinnitus - so mild that unless it was totally silent I would never notice it. But, recently it's gotten much worse. I had a pretty mild cold a few weeks ago and my tinnitus has always gotten slightly worse with illness, so I shrugged it off as down to me being ill. However... I'm pretty much over that now, but maybe still a bit congested. I've had ear problems my entire life (used to get such severe ear infections as a child that even antibiotics wouldn't work) so maybe that hasn't helped things. I also went to the theatre as well as listening to my iPod pretty loud (85-90%) but not for long... so I don't know if that's what caused it? This was on Saturday and I started noticing it badly the following Friday, which was 3 days ago. Another thing driving me mad is that it's in both ears and different in both... my left ear is much worse, with a constant ringing and my right ear has a constant whooshing, white noise type of sound. I really don't know how to cope. It's driving me mad. I have severe anxiety issues as it is so this is really ruining my life... I had hoped that it would just go on it's own after I got better but it's just as bad, if not worse... how do I even begin to cope?