kalcidis wrote: My main problem from it nowadays is that I have a hard time filtering out background/annoying sounds which can make public places or parties very tiring for my ears. I wish I had been more protective when younger but I guess it comes with the youthful false impression of being immortal.
Have much the same effect myself, not from tinnitus but from a childhood loss of hearing in one ear. The background noises can become quite overwhelming - like a literal wall of sound. Consequently I have tried to be conscious of volume although I don't use earplugs at concerts etc. - which I don't go to often but still probably not good in the long run.
A family friend has such a severe case of tinnitus/hearing disorder that he must live in the country in as quiet an environment as possible - he can hear the reverb from a dog barking for weeks.