Alison: I can relate. I am 26 years old and developed tinnitus when I was 25. I went to one rock concert and did not wear ear plugs. Now I have a permanent ringing in both ears! I heard of hearing loss in the past, but never about this. I wish there was more awareness about tinnitus because it has put a damper on the quality of life. I guess we'll just have to learn to live with it.