Hi, I am 57, male. I just registered but I've been suffering from T since April 24th 2014. I know the date very well because that day I had a sort of burn out/breakdown from a long stretch (months) of high stress/anxiety/insomnia, and that particular moment I was freaking out 2-days sleepless etc. It started then, out of blue, a very loud ~9KHz hissing in both my ears. I thought it was because I was exhausted etc. so I wasn't overly worried. After a week, still there. After a month, same. After a year and a half (now), still louder than ever (and yet I have managed to reduce my stress, moved to a better house etc.). Notice that one or two weeks BEFORE it started, i.e. early April 2014, I was so stressed I got into cigarettes again (tobacco smoker for decades - never any effects on my ears - I "quit" cold turkey in June 2013). The situation now, after 16 months, is that it is still literally driving me insane (it's extremely loud, I can hear it when swimming, in crowds, cycling fast etc.), but certain days it's less loud (perhaps 3/5 days in a month). Whatever I do, alone, socializing, "happy", sad, food, no food, exercise or sedentary, rested, tired etc. it's still there and for the life of me I cannot find a pattern. Of course, thinking maybe it was because I had started smoking again, I tried to quit of course. But after 2 hours with no cigs it gets even louder, after six hours I get suicidal. I haven't seen any specialist, just told my GP, he said it's quite 'bizarre' and changes topic. I would like your opinion to understand why 1) certain days it's quieter (my days are all the same!) and 2) could be tobacco the reason (never given me T though), and 3) why does it (almost always) start in the left ear when I wake up and then it spreads to the center of my head during the day, up to bedtime. Thanks!