It so s*cks, doesn't it?
I'm a lifelong musician but was fairly fortunate (and wise) to avoid hearing damage. I'm a singer/horn player, so I avoided the assault that a drummer and guitarist would endure. Even so, I took a couple of bad, high-decibel shots years back. I'm 64 now, and have had tinnitus for years on the lower end. After, however, playing for a year with a rock band and standing in front of a very hard-hitting drummer, I developed a new level of higher-end tinnitus on top of it! In fact, at some point, pre-COVID, the ears got really bad- sensitivity to noise in general, nerve pain, and almost constant ringing. I began to wear Eargasm plugs at every gig, and moved away from the drummer and the guitar amp. Thankfully, there's been a lot of healing and those symptoms have settled down a lot, though I'll get occasional blasts of a high-end whine when I'm doing nothing at all. AFAIK, meds: over the counter, holistic, and prescriptive do nothing at all. FWIW, the Eargasm plugs do take the fun out of feeling the music, but I can no longer perform 'naked!' Protect your ears!