i guess i should start out by telling each of you that i have no idea where my tinnitus stemmed from. i never listened to loud music, i am 31 years old, and that i am aware of, i have never had any serious health issues and/or concerns. however, i am a 31 year old who started having panic attacks out of nowhere approximately three years ago. it;s a battle i still have not won. because of these panic attacks, i do not go to see doctors. here i am, looking for support for my tinnitus issue. in feb. of 2012, i started to get a ringing in my ear. a week before, i remember having pain in my ear. i don't remember having earaches as a child, so this was new to me at 29 years old and i chalked it up to being an earache. i recall being slightly sick but nothing serious at the time. as i said, a week later. the ringing started and it never left. it doesn't stop during the day or in the mornings. it's constantly there. i hate it, but in two years time, i have learned to deal with it and ignore it until it is time to go to sleep. luckily, i sleep fine. i'm not sure why i am here. tonight was one of those random nights where i actually notice the T ringing in my ears. i suppose i am here to see if anyone has a story similar to mine. someone who can relate. call it reassurance, whatever you may want to call it -- i just want to know that i am not alone. because of my HA [health anxiety] and panic attacks, i am not supposed to "google" symptoms, causes, risk factors, etc. and low and behold, i looked up "chronic tinnitus" and found things that immediately scared me. so here's to hearing it firsthand from those like me, the T sufferers.