Tinnitus is not a mere ”phenomenon“ completely uncoupled from the body’s biological reality of overstrain on the cellular level of the inner ear. On the contrary, tinnitus is a true biological emergency signal coming from a highly sensible sensory organ (your ear!) that has to be taken very seriously! You should follow your intuition, take this symptom extremely seriously and try to find out what you can do to influence your tinnitus in a positive way.
For this purpose the daily use of earplugs to consciously protect the affected organs of hearing against everyday noise and give them much needed rest is highly recommended. For a person affected by tinnitus the use of earplugs entails a small but easily surmountable obstacle. As soon as patients suffering from tinnitus protect their ears by using earplugs, they can hear the tormenting ringing sound even louder than before because the surrounding noises which previously drowned out the tinnitus are now being shut out. At first this certainly comes as a bit of a shock and maybe even an imposition.
But if one overcomes this initial difficulty and continues using the noise protection for a certain period of time, every tinnitus patient will experience that the silence and rest (i.e. not having to work) is good for the ear, that the tinnitus becomes somewhat milder, less aggressive and less tormenting. In much the same way the tinnitus can become more aggressive and agonizing after exposure to noise (e.g. after a long car drive, a concert, a long phone call).
Sources: Wikipedia, Dr Wilden