Hello, I'm nineteen in uni. I am in halls so have a fire alarm inside my room, just above the door. Around 2am 5/10/2013 I was listening to music pretty loud through new headphones I bought a few days earlier. After an hour or so the fire alarm went off, and it is so loud. So, I had the music playing directly in my ear and the fire alarm that I could hear in the background. Having listening to music this loud before I have had ringing for a few seconds or minutes before. It must have been the fire alarm as well as the music at the same time that has damaged my ears. Thanks to the drunken student who set the fire alarm off for fun or whatever non serious reason, I now have tinnitus and my life is a nightmare. I have seen three doctors. They have all told me that it will go 100%, and although they cannot give me a prediction of when it will go they have said no longer than a year. I am now over 9 weeks into it, and sounds like a constant high pitched tone. I have to sleep with a fan on about a foot or even less from my head, which doesn't bother me as prefer sleeping with it anyway and have done for years, I have to have the TV on and the sound of rain playing through youtube. Coping with tinnitus is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and I can't believe it is not over yet. The worst is not knowing whether it is permanent or not, despite the doctors saying 100% it will go - I am a natural worrier, anxiety runs through the family but before tinnitus I had that under complete control and never had any anxiety attacks since the day I decided I was better than that, to sit there panicking over nothing. Now they I get them sometimes, but mostly I am living in constant fear of the ringing lasting forever. I will not accept that, I refuse to live my whole life with tinnitus. I know I may sound overly dramatic to some people reading this but tinnitus really is underestimated. People have committed suicide over it and I want to live, I don't want to be one of them and never have considered it before I got the ringing. Anyone in a similar situation (with noise induced tinnitus) please respond, especially those with success stories although if I had a success story I definitely wouldn't be reminding myself of it by browsing these forums. When my tinnitus goes I will post my success story and that will be it, that chapter of my life will finally be over. Here is a quote that comforts me: "Everything's gonna be fine. Stay optimistic. If there's dark clouds coming up, they'll leave again. They always do." - Noel Gallagher.