I'm a long term (6 years) tinnitus sufferer and I would love to find out if anyone else has been on the same sort of journey. Mine started with a very quiet sound in one ear but I went into total panic and became really phobic about it. I used to go into quiet rooms and put my fingers in my ears to see if I could still hear it! Why do we do that?! I would give anything to have that quiet sound again. Everything I have read about tinnitus seems to be the opposite of what's happening to me. Yes, I did go into complete panic to start with and have suicidal thoughts and take antidepressents for a while but 6 years along the road I now live what appears to everyone else, a normal life. Yet, my tinnitus is far louder and only on rare occassions am I unaware of it. Most things I read say tht the first few weeks or months are awful then you gradually learn to live with it and is decreases in volume over time or you have longer periods where you are unaware of it. Not so for me. It has got consistently louder and more intrusive over time but I have just learnt (with the help of several therapists) to live with it but most days wake with dread that it is still there and I'm still reduced to tears on a regular basis. I try to go about life as normal and not give it any credence but the stress seems to build up till I have a good cry about it again and then I worry that I have made it worse by reacting to it. I'd love to hear from anyone with the same problem who is managing to cope with it. I wish you all peace and happiness, Beth.