The whole tinnitus thing didn't even start in any cool way; not from clubbing, I've been out less than my brother and I don't think he has any, not from concerts or anything either. No, I'm pretty sure it started all because I had to drill a hole in a brick-wall and forgot about protecting my ears. (Though there weren't any ear-protectors either, by the time I came to think of it I was told to just stick toilet paper in my ears.) Lame way to start losing your hearing.
Looking at the Dictionary.com entry...
a sensation of noise (as a ringing or roaring) that is caused by a bodily condition (as a disturbance of the auditory nerve or wax in the ear) and can usually be heard only by the one affected"[C]an usually be heard only by the one affected"? You mean it can sometimes be heard by others?!
Anyway, it's been suggested that I just use ear-plugs when going out clubbing, but I'd think it would feel weird. Maybe I'll try sometime and see how it is.