For all of you out there who have T that varies or goes away and comes back... I've now had 2 weeks with pretty mild T or non-existent T. There was a short lived spike when I ate sodium nitrate and there have been days when the hissing is slightly louder than others but overall something has really changed and I'm hoping that I've now discovered what has been causing it for the last 7 and a half months. I've wondered in the past why things like stress etc. don't affect my T. Why not 'being bothered by it' doesn't make it quieter etc. Why it goes away completely and comes back. Why it's worse first thing in the morning. It's got to be something physical causing it and it's got to be something that changes. I've thought about the fluid in the eustachian tubes moving around whilst asleep etc. but now I am absolutely convinced that my eustachian tubes are blocking and unblocking and that I have eustachian tube dysfunction and that this fluid/mucous blockage has caused my T. After reading everything I can find on it... it fits perfectly with my T. Years ago I had mild TMJ and since then I have been reluctant to open my mouth at 'full stretch' - every yawn has been suppressed to an extent - I've stopped a full yawn because I've been scared that my jaw would lock open. That's because it felt as though it would. Apparently, to keep the eustachian tubes opening & closing correctly to release fluid/mucous and keep balanced pressure you need to yawn, swallow etc. When suppressing these natural actions you are not fully opening your eustachian tubes which can cause a build up of fluid & pressure inside them. This can cause tinnitus. I can't feel the fluid - although sometimes I've had all the strange feelings in my ears that we all seem to get with T. For weeks I have been sucking extra strong halls menthyl and it actually does make my T go away... yesterday was absolutely amazing. It went away and I felt back to normal... it's been a long time since I felt like that (didn't feel like that even when it used to go away) and I think it's because I believe I know what's caused it all. Of course I may be wrong but it feels good to have a reason for the T! They gave me a nasal spray at the start of this which I really didn't take more than a puff of. I've never liked nasal sprays because they seem to go straight to the back of my eyes. Did you know that you should really lean over at right angles and then spray - so that it hits the eustachian tubes? I didn't and if my previous GP suspected blocked eustachian tubes then she should have advised me to spray at that angle - thus missing the back of my eyes and hitting the right spot. I'm now going to give it a few more weeks, try some benylin (which breaks down mucous) to see if it goes completely. Sudafed and some other meds that people take when they have T apparently 'dry up' the mucous which can make the whole thing worse if you have blocked eustachian tubes. Many nasal spray etc. also do this. If mine doesn't go away I'm going to register with a new GP and take information from the net to show him. I'll tell him the reason for the T and ask for new medication to get rid of the fluid.. medication that breaks down mucious rather than providing relief by 'drying it up' - hopefully it will work. If it doesn't then I'll begin again, try to find another cause & another remedy. It's not freaking me out anymore... I don't hate it... I'm pretty used to it... but I want it gone - horrid horrid T _________________________________________________________________________________ Added by Tinnitus Talk's administrative team: Please register to Tinnitus Talk. It is free. We are a nice group of knowledgeable individuals and you will certainly benefit becoming one of us.