It started about last Wednesday. I remember going to bed on Tuesday and hearing these loud humming noises, but I was able to go to sleep, and I woke up once more with the noises and fell back asleep. However, whenever I woke up there was nothing, no sound. Then later in the day about 5 or 6 in the evening it was the loudest thing I've ever heard. Louder than the TV. It seemed to be coming from both ears. The next day it was just as loud I couldn't sleep at all. Maybe got 1 hour of sleep. Then it seemed after that hour or so it drastically reduced volume. To where it's still loud but not "OMG! SUICIDE!" loud. It kind of stayed that while for 2-3 days. Then one morning I woke up and it wasn't that loud, I also felt much better sleep wise too. I noticed that I could shave and the tick of the clock could mask it. IT only seemed to be a faint buzz in the left ear. I wish it would reduce to this level, because it's a livable level. However, it got worse that day in the evening and came back in the right ear. It also doesn't help that I've noticed some slight sensitivity to sound. That's gotten better though and it only seems to be certain sounds and not a general type of hyperacusis where just going places bother the ears. The funny thing is that I can fall alseep without white noise, but I can't stay asleep. Maybe it's anxiety but I just cannot get more than two hours of sleep at a time. I would love to sleep 4-8 hours continuously. I'm full of anxiety, stress, and depression right now. I got a prescription for atvian to take at night to sleep, hope that works and I got zoloft for the depression. I have too many negative thoughts in my head right now. I can't help but think, "How am I going to live the rest of my live with this?" I could handle it if it went down to the level it was one morning, but I don't know about now. The right ear is just so loud. I just wish that this is something that is just stress, anxiety, and depression related and that once that's fixed it will all clear up. My fantasy is that once I can get 8 hours of sleep that it will fix itself. However, when you search online it seems that all you find are permanent cases and no one is like, "Yeah, I had it for 3 months and it disappeared." But I also don't want to create a self fulling prophecy where I just reinforce the negative views and they come true. I just don't know what to do. Should I call an ENT asap and try to get in? My doctor was more dismissive and was we will give it a little bit and go from there. I keep reading about prednisone and I keep thinking maybe if convince the ENT to do that, it will help, but I don't know. All I'm taking supplement wise is vinpocetine and fish oil. I've seen others recommended. I'm half tempted to go and buy niacin, ginkgo, and magnesium. Because of this I've realized I've abused my ears. I actually through away my headphones, because the last three years I've been using them way too much. I figure better not tempt. So my hearing probably isn't that great, but I just hope it's not due to hearing loss. Yeah, I rambled on, but I don't have anyone to talk to about this. I guess what I'm wondering is that, is the decrease in volume or fluctuations in a week a good sign or are these normal for people with tinnitus? I also wonder how loud is tinnitus for most people? Loud enough to be heard on the TV? Loud enough in the car? Sorry, I'm just really worried. It seems for me that when something good happens, then something bad has to happen too.