Hi all, My Tinnitus started a month ago completely out of the blue. As I recall it, I lay down to sleep and noticed a much increased "level of silence". I asked my wife "do you hear anything in silence?". She gave me the puzzled face. That was the beginning of the nightmare. There's probably worst cases than me but it just seems freakishly loud. It's like having an old TV emitting static in your head at max volume 24/7 (other descriptions that resemble are "crickets" or a very high pitch hiss/grind sound). On top of that it's pulsating. Every time I do some exercise (even just walking) I can hear it go even louder in sync with my pulse. I can literally count my heartbeats when running (no need for a heart beat monitor anymore when running...). Even at rest the pulsatile is there but almost imperceptible. Been to the ENT done the usual round of steroids and anti-virals with no results. I think the first 2 weeks made it much worse because I couldn't get any sleep (literally) and was having the usual why me/it's not fair/end of life thoughts. It really is a vicious cycle. Finally got some benzodiazepines prescribed and managing to get 5-6 hours sleep but the intrusiveness is all still there. Went to work finally for a few hours last 2 days but it's such a challenge. I used to love going to work and now I feel like a zombie just watching everyone relaxed and chatting about at lunch time, cracking jokes, etc. Concentrating is nothing short of torture. As with many I really hope it gets better because everything is such a challenge at the moment. The only moment of peace is in the shower (water and gas bills must be going through the roof but who cares). I don't want to sound whinny but it really is a tough nut to crack and this point I just don't see how I can ever ignore this horrible sound and just be the old me.