I've had T for well over a decade now, maybe even longer. But recently it's gotten much worse. I used to have a mild whistling in my right ear, but it's now in both and much louder. Why? Based on what I've read on this forum, it could be a number of things. Otoxic drugs (e.g. aspirin), drinking, dehydration, too much caffeine, not enough exercise, a high fat diet, massive amounts of self-inflicted stress. Unsure if any or all of these have caused it to get worse. But it's worse, and I'm struggling to focus on anything else. Work, home life, friendships; they're all suffering. My medical history isn't very interesting, but certain things could provide a pointer as to why I'm suffering now. I suffer from very waxy ears, and have needed to get my ears syringed on several occasions. I also have a feeling of my ears being full, and they pop regularly, especially when I go through train tunnels and fly. Has the trauma of the syringing caused it? I have clinically diagnosed hearing loss in both ears, and I wear a hearing aid for certain activities (e.g. going to the movies). When at home I have earphones that are plugged into the TV so I can hear what's going on without deafening my family. Has the increased volume of the earphones and the hearing aid caused things to progress? Like many of the people on this forum, my only relief comes from sleeping (when I can get to sleep, as it takes some time) and when I have a shower. The noise from the fan and the water completely masks my T, and I feel an immense sense of relief. Being busy also helps, especially when I'm outdoors doing things like mowing the lawn. But it's always there. I'm not expecting miracles from being on this forum, but it helps in a small way to know I'm not alone. I'd be happy to correspond with other T sufferers to share experiences and understand what works for other people in terms of managing the impact of T. All the best, Duncan.