Hey everyone, I haven’t posted in a while but figured I’d drop this half vent/half seeking advice thread. I’ve been a life long cover band weekend warrior bassist and a member of TB here since 2002. I still love music and love playing the bass even more, but I think I’m in trouble. I’ll get to the point. After years of doing the yacht rock thing, I joined a hard rock gig back in Feb of this year. They were really good and everything was fine at the audition until the first practice where I found out very quickly that they rehearsed at jet engine level decibels. Mind you, I was wearing my custom molded -30DB ear plugs and I knew I was in trouble when I thought to myself, ‘all I hear is guitars and I’m standing next to the drums but I can’t hear them’. It was that loud. Long story short, I said something, but there was no improvement, so I ended up quitting after the second practice. Unfortunately, it was too late because now I have tinnitus and I don’t think it’s ever going to go away. Even worse, the way that I hear music and general sound overall is dramatically different now. I have my pbass into Mesa WD800 dialed in and now when I play, it sounds completely different. I can’t hear any of the low end and the entire tone profile sounds completely unrecognizable to me. Also, if I play at a volume any louder than a normal conversation or ‘guitar lesson volume’, my ears start to ring even louder. I’ll also say that yes, I have been to an ENT and they said that the ringing is probably permanent and re the frequency loss, advised me to just wait it out until my ears heal but also advised that this may be permanent as well. This really sucks. It’s been 5 months and not only am I sidelined from seeking a new gig, I can’t even noodle around on my own at quiet levels. I have basically stopped playing and have contemplated the hard reality that this may be it for at least a very long time, but this maybe forever. Again, I guess the purpose of this thread is to vent and express my sadness that can’t do something that I’ve been doing for the past 25 years, but I’m also wondering if any other TBers have been through this and have any advice for me at this stage of my musical life?