It is argued that whenever there is an exposure to an unusual or unexpected loud noise the excitation somehow goes unmodulated or mismodulated... this causes the brain to loose or shift its tonotopic map. If there's been damage to the hair cells it can happen that the brain finds it hard to reorganize this map to its original state much like a graphic equalizer where the gain or output of each group of hair cells is finely tuned. It's further argued that when this happens your brain has a certain amount of time to repair this damage. If it is able to do that and reorganize the tonotopic map to its original or near original state, tinnitus decreases or can be abolished. I have the links too... I'll post them soon... in the mean time here are some studies in cats: Enriched acoustic environment after noise trauma abolishes neural signs of tinnitus. Enriched acoustic environment after noise trauma reduces hearing loss and prevents cortical map reorganization. So newbies. You may consider listening to some music (at low volume)... might actually help.