Sorry to hear that but you MUST STAY STRONG! Go ahead and fight for it! Doctor could be wrong! Maybe someday the disease will go away and you can come back to continue your undone journey!
Might not be very useful, but here to support you!
OP, truth is you could still listen to headphones, just make sure they are at volumes comparable to how low you'd listen to your speakers nowadays. Your doctor's recommendation is really just to make sure you don't listen to loud music (which is easily achieved via headphones, not as easily via speakers since it would probably disturb your neighbours depending on how loud / what kind of music it is) so that the tinnitus won't worsen.
Usually if the tinnitus is not too severe, just laying off noise/music altogether for a while (few months) may alleviate it at least somewhat.
It would be good to know how loud and how long is "loud" for OP since my view on this topic was the same ('in worst case scenario worsened hearing'). Until now.
Beyerb, stay strong.
Sorry to hear about your loss. I am always subconsciously worried about my hearing and tend to listen on the lower side of things. Whats more disturbing is the volumes I consider approaching loud people generally find it to be baby volumes.... Ear damage is so much more rampant than it is made out to be and that is quite sad (in this case ignorance isn't bliss).
i do have tinitus aswell. that IS one of the reasons why i am in that headphone game. whenever i listen to music with headphones, i cannot hear the ringring anymore. it is like a cure for me. as far as i read about tinitus it is often recommended to listen to music at low volumes through headphones. when going to sleep in order to kill the tinitus noise. so i do not quite understand, why you should stop listening through headphones.
just for info, i got tinnitus 2 years ago on a roadtrip when i listened to se215 in a car, trying to cover the car noise by my music. **** happens.
I've had tinnitus as long as I can remember (I think from having tons of ear infections as a little kid) -- mine sounds like a quiet high-pitched ringing in my ears. I've had it so long that I really don't notice it unless I focus on it or I'm in a dead-quiet room -- then it drives me nuts. Strangely enough, I think I still have relatively acute hearing -- I can still hear tones at 18kHz+ (I'm 40 years old) and I've never been diagnosed with any hearing loss.
Anyway, I'm not sure why your doctor told you that you can never listen to headphones again. As long as you're sensible with the volume and take frequent breaks your tinnitus shouldn't worsen. I know mine hasn't gotten any worse and I've listened to headphones more often recently than I have in a long time. Also, whenever I go to a concert nowadays I make sure to wear earplugs -- concerts have become so loud that IMHO it's hard to hear anything without earplugs!
Hang in there and get a second opinion about headphones. Headphones in and of themselves aren't to blame -- it's the volume and duration of sound that causes damage. I bet after you do some more research you can go back to enjoying your headphones -- just at a lower volume!
By all means! Just don't crank the volume. Any loud noises can cause hearing loss depending on their volume and duration, not just noises coming from headphones. There's no need for him to get out of the headphone hobby.