I like attending food festivals. Whether indoors or outdoors, the ambiance, hum of the crowd, watching demonstrations as well as tastings and ideas to think about all provide a great distraction from my tinnitus. The only downside is when I get back to the relative quiet of home, my tinnitus becomes much louder. It's as if it's trying to make up for being masked or smothered from the day's event (I know it's not sentient, of course).
A case in point - recently I went to the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham. Listening to music in the car whilst driving to and from this distracting event (hence the ironic title to this piece) as well as the time spent there meant I had almost 7 hours of near total relief. The payback this time made my tinnitus more noticeable for over 2 days.
Although I have come to expect this each time, it won't stop me from attending any kind of function, especially if I can learn something or pick up a bargain. I won't give in to this incessant noise. Like everything in life you have to take the rough with the smooth and just take things one day at a time.