First of all, I'm new here, so apologies if I haven't got the hang of the format. I'm 21 and I developed tinnitus about four months ago. At first it was only in one ear, and since I'd been having problems with that for a while (feelings of pressure that I couldn't shift) I didn't worry. Doctors told me it would probably be OK and that it was due to an infection. When the infection cleared, it didn't go away, and when I went back to the doctor, she told me I had 'glue ear.' By this time, I had developed some sounds in the other ear, so I was starting to panic. That was about three months ago.
I've been up and down with this. One minute I'm thinking that there's NO WAY this can be with me for life, since no doctor has told me that. The next minute I'm thinking that these annoying noises will never go away, since many people online seem to think that once you get this, you're stuck with it. One minute I'm imagining all the amazing things I'll do 'when' I get better. The next I'm considering taking my own life because I don't think I ever will get better (I'm not proud of this).
I've also been worried about my headphone-habits since developing this. For many years I've used headphones regularly to listen to music, and although I wouldn't say I had them at excessive volumes, I am worried that this has done some damage in there (since I've used them regularly for so long).
Anyway, here ends my rant. Thanks so much for reading, and I really hope you have a good day.