Hello! My name is Steve and I'm 30. I've been suffering from tinnitus for 6 weeks now. I put in earbuds to listen to music on my iPad and carelessly forgot to turn down the volume, which had been set to maximum. I got stunned by a 2-3 second blast of extremely loud music and now, 6 weeks later, I still suffer from a hissing, high-pitched sound in my ears. I just cannot believe that this one-off exposure could have damaged my ears to such an extent. In the past I have experienced temporary ringing after concerts, clubs, etc but it had always faded away by the next morning. Thankfully it is mild in the sense that I am only really aware of it in relatively silent environments. But I am worried that this tinnitus will be permanent and fear that it will get worse with time. I am so angry at myself. Usually I am very careful with volume levels and the thought of a moment of careless stupidity resulting in a possible lifetime of tinnitus makes me sick to my stomach. Has anyone ever heard of a one-off blast from earbuds resulting in long-lasting tinnitus? I would never have thought it possible before now. What do you think the chances are that it will go away, considering it has been noise-induced and so far no improvement after 6 weeks? Thanks in advance for your support!