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When I was 22 years old, I went out with some friends to a nightclub. I was in my first year of medical school. Like most people my age, I wasn’t concerned with noise trauma (despite being a medical student). The next day, I noticed the ringing in my ears wasn’t gone. I started to research tinnitus. I became panicked – what if the ringing never went away? Every day, I hoped and prayed that it’d go away.
Except it didn’t.
I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t concentrate in class. I couldn’t even write a test without feeling like I was going insane. …