Hi everyone - this is my first post but I have been an occasional visitor to this forum for a few months. I've had tinnitus since a mild head injury (MTBI) in early December 2013. The first 2 or 3 months were a very difficult time but things have definitely improved recently. When T first starts, it is distressing but you hope that it will just be a temporary thing. When there is no change and no improvement in the T after a few weeks, you start to get worried - I certainly became very worried, to the point where I was unable to eat or sleep properly. The first sign of improvement came when I started on DIY neuromodulation using sound samples downloaded from this forum. I put the files on an MP3 player and found that a few minutes of listening to ACRN would turn the high pitch tone into a slightly metallic hissing sound which (although not pleasant) provided some temporary relief from the tinnitus. I considered the ACRN treatment offered by the Tinnitus Clinic here in the UK but decided it was too expensive. My DIY experiments with ACRN have not produced any permanent change in the T but the temporary effect is encouraging and I still listen to the ACRN tones when lying in bed most nights. I find that it quietens the T for a while and helps me to sleep. I was referred to ENT and then to an NHS Tinnitus specialist where I was given PureTone in-ear noise generators. I don't find myself using these very often but the white noise they generate is OK for occasional use when I need a break from T. I'd read a lot and heard a lot about habituation but it sounded like a fancy way of saying that the noise isn't going to get any better but you will get used to it. I was not greatly re-assured by this because I deperately wanted to get rid of the T and I felt that it would ruin my life if I didn't get rid of it. For the first few months, I felt that I couldn't enjoy listening to music any more because the T made all music sound trebly and tinny. This was particularly worrying because music has always been a very important thing in my life. The good news is that after 5 months I am realising that I can still do all the things I used to do before T and I still enjoy all the things that I used to enjoy. The noise is still there but I am no longer troubled by it to the same extent. I find I am using ACRN and sound generators less frequently than before. I don't seem to need them so much now. My message to others who are going through the initial (most difficult) stages of tinnitius is hang on in there. You may find it hard to believe but things will get better if you have patience and maintain a positive attitude. Nobody chooses to get T but you can choose that you are not going to let it ruin your life.