Hi, I got tinnitus 12 weeks ago this Friday. I went to watch a live rock band in a local pub and the 'music' was very, very loud. I realised part way through that I had been stood next to the side of one of the speakers to my left. I was there about 2 hours. The next morning I woke up with ringing in my left ear. I thought it would go away but it didnt. By the Wednesday of the following week I knew I was in trouble. Since then its been three months of hell. I cant think about anything else and am more than kicking myself for not moving away from that speaker and the overly loud noise that night. I feel terrified that I will have this all my life and am so worried about the effect of it on my job (self-employed computer programmer). I've seen doctors, two audiologists and tried several therapies. Nothing has worked to reduce the noise one iota. I don't get good days and bad days like other people seem to, its just there constantly 24/7 at the same volume. To make everything worse, 2 weeks ago I went to the theatre as I'd had tickets booked for months. I didnt think much of it as I've been to the theatre loads before the tinnitus and its not 'loud'. But, its had a drastic effect on the tinnitus, its now much louder and at a higher pitch with a fizzing noise around it. I also now have it in the other ear a little. The worst effect of this change is that I can now hear it all day in the office at work, which before the theatre I couldnt. I used to be able to work as normal albeit sleep-deprived. I feel so stupid for not knowing you cant be in ANY sort of noise. Since the theatre I now have hyperacusis as well, which I didnt have after the first damage on the rock band night. My ear feels horrible and sort of full or blocked too. Its not blocked, I dont have wax or anything, I had that checked last weekend. I feel like every noise is damaging my ears even more and that I should wear earplugs all the time but that makes me able to hear the ringing even more. I am considering Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment but I have bad claustrophobia so dont know if I will be able to do it. I've been running around for 3 months solid, trying different things to help, spending money and all my time on it. Nothing has helped at all. I feel worn down by it. If anyone has any advice for me please feel free to say. Thanks for listening. Louise.