Hi, my name is Shiven and I suffer from tinnitus. Well I don't suffer from it, I suffer from it's symptoms, of which the worst is interrupted sleep. I haven't had continuous sleep of 4 hours or more for around 6 years now. When the tinnitus started, the ringing was so minor that it could be masked by the initial setting on a desktop fan; now I use the same fan on it's maximum setting in conjunction with masking noise, but I still wake up. I have been to an ENT and an audiologist and both have diagnosed me with hearing loss possibly associated with my bilateral, non-pulsatile tinnitus. I say possibly because obviously this diagnosis is based on my descriptions to these health care professionals. Another problem that I have had is that people do not take tinnitus seriously, which can be incredibly frustrating. This is the first online forum I have ever joined, let's see how it turns out!