I first got Tinnitus just after my 21st birthday five years ago, it came on late one night out of the blue, I knew it wasn't due to listening to loud music because I never listened to music loudly or went to concerts etc, my doctor originally said it was cos my ears needed cleaning and laughed but when the nurse went to clean them they weren't very waxy at all and then the cleaning them made it even worse, I saw a specialist who wasn't very helpful and spoke like he was just telling me I had a common cold. Apparently my hearing is above average so not only are my ears extra sensitive to everyday sounds like hoovers etc that don't bother most people, but also I can pick up on internal noises within the brain that its believed everyone has but not all can hear. I was referred to a hearing therapist who gave me tips on how to cope with the sounds, at first I thought I was going to go mad but five years on and i've coped very well, I stopped seeing the therapist after only a few sessions as I was dealing with it well and once I was reassured that the Tinnitus was not life threatening, my brain seemed to accept it more and now I only notice it on really bad days when i'm feeling very sad. The worst bit was learning how to unfocus from the sounds at night when I needed to go to sleep and when it goes very quiet outside. I bought a sound generator which plays natural sounds to get you off to sleep and projects colours on the ceiling, the sounds got so on my nerves though that I actually preferred the sounds in my ears and learn't to fall asleep naturally but it does take time. I wear transparent ear plugs whenever i'm in a noisy environment, they are discreet so no one notices them and I love watching a good movie or keeping myself busy as you barely notice the sounds at all in the end as your brain is too preoccupied with other things. If you wear earplugs in noisy enviroments there is no reason why the Tinnitus would get worse but if you are worried just take regular breaks outside or in the washroom say of a Pub/club etc.There is no known cure, some people try various treatments but I think its a waste of money, the secret is to allow your brain to accept the noises, that they are normal(for you) and now a part of you and you'll find that eventually your brain will not give it much attention, your young so believe me you will have lots of distractions and it will get better, it might not seem like it at the moment but remember you're not alone hon!
myself, Tinnitus sufferer.