Hi, I'm in school for music production right now, and I mix in my home studio (sometimes for money) in my spare time. My mixes aren't incredible, but they are better than most of the other people I've heard my age. 2 days ago I went to a really loud rock concert and came out with a ringing in my left ear. When I came home, I did a little test with some sine waves and determined that I had some damage done in the upper midrange of my left ear. I know, I should have had earplugs, I should have stood further back from the speakers, but what's done is done. Now.. looking into the future: Best case scenario: ringing in my ear goes away (it is slowly diminishing thank God) and frequencies go back to normal. Worst case scenario: ringing in my ear stays forever and frequencies of the upper mids are messed up forever. (it's about a 3-6dB loss I'd say). I'll be completely honest with you guys: I'm 21 and I always get what I want, I never give up, and I have rich and loving parents who pay for anything I want. I work hard and I don't take anything for granted. Let's say that after I finish my education (at a top university by the way) and my mixes sound incredible, will it be THAT hard for me to get a job and make lots of money? To be honest, I love mixing, but I'd rather do it for fun, and work as a radio/TV engineer or producer instead. What is more likely to get me a job? Mixing or radio/tv? Especially since my ear is messed up now (temporarily I hope), I'm thinking about what I want to do in life, and the best direction to take. I just want to be happy, get married, have a family, travel, and I don't want to struggle my whole life. Which is the most secure job in the music industry (having to do with sound as opposed to paperwork)? This is important for me especially now, because I have to find an internship or job in NYC over the summer, and get on my feet. I want to show my parents that I'm capable of living on my own, and making money using the resources which they have invested in me.