Hello, I wrote a long (probably too long if I'm honest) introduction to my tinnitus a few weeks ago. Even though I have now had it for over 18 months, I am still really struggling to cope - especially with sleep. The main reason for the sleep issue is that I cannot sleep effectively sitting up and lying down makes it a lot louder. As I have explained to the ENT and my GP (and anyone else that will listen), this isn't instant, it isn't a blood pressure issue as exercise doesn't affect it and it takes around half an hour to an hour and I can feel pressure increase in my sinuses, my nose blocks and then my ear blocks up as well and every time I swallow, I can here these strange cracks, pops and vacuums being created in that ear and the ringing just gets a lot louder and I am forced to sit upright for around 15-20 minutes and the noise eventually damps back down again. As I'm sure you can appreciate, this also makes habituation extremely difficult. The real point of the post though is to ask a rather strange question. Does anyone else have tinnitus that placing their little finger slightly into the affected ear and then pulling out gently, creating a tiny vacuum causes their tinnitus to go? and when I say go, I don't mean a bit quieter and whilst doing it, or for ten seconds, I mean sometimes it can be gone completely for an hour or more and I can hear... nothing. However, when lying down, this technique has absolutely no effect, I have to be upright. N.B. Gently performing the vasalva maneuver has the same effect, although less reliably as my right tube often seems to simply not open and I don't wish to pop them hard, but this can be fixed and it opens easily enough if I have recently washed out my sinuses with a neti-pot and neilmed. I would be indebted to anyone that has had a similar experience and could offer me details.