Hello My name is Joella and was diagnosed with tinnitus following an ear infection 5 years ago.Having spent a small fortune on Doctors, Specialists, Ear Clinics etc, what they know about tinnitus could be put on the head of a pin with room to spare for the Declaration of Independence. My ENT specialist gave me an arbitrary ratng of 7 out of 10 for the level of sound, ability to cope, stress levels etc and told me "learn to live with it". Mine is 24/7 and spikes in time of stress, in times of happiness, anytime really. I have learned to accommodate this constant noise in my head (sounds like an ocean in good times, jackhammer at others) until last week. I go every six months to have my teenth cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner -usually no problems ( I wear ear protection which does not help with the bone conduction of noise). Last week following the procedure the sound spiked to 100 out of ten. With no sleep at all, noise that was louder than anything around me and fear that it would not reduce I was in tears, shaking and frightened. I also was told I had two cavities. I went to another dentist for a second opinion to be told no cavities (if there were I would have had my teeth removed - no drills) and he suggested that I see a DENTAL HYGIENIST . This person can clean your teeth MANUALLY - takes a bit more time but NO NOISE. After returning to the ear clinic to have my ears cleaned (i do this every six months) seeing my gp to get sleeping tables (never had these before) and booking an appt with another ENT specialist (he has tinnitus) the sound finally abated this morning to its normal level. My experience is that these spikes do abate to normal levels but you need to reduce the anxiety and stress that accompanies this. I am hoping that some time in the future we will not be told to " learn to live with it ". All the best fellow sufferers.