I'm starting to learn how common T is and somehow it's made my experience a bit easier. Since I've been going around talking about it I've learned that my aunt (not blood) has it since her teens, my grandma (not blood) had it since her 20s, my other grandma (blood) is completely deaf in one ear and hears it come and go, my mom claims her ears ring in a quiet room, my best friend says his ears ring "all the time" and another friend's dad has it. This is a shockingly large amount of people in my life who have this and I never knew. They don't even think about it until I start freaking out about mine. This gives me hope in many ways. This place has given me a lot of support that I am very thankful for, but I think the mindset around here is a little toxic sometimes... My real-life encounters with people with T have been much more "ehh, yeah i have it. Who cares?"