I 've had bouts of tinnitus off and on for quite a few years now, but it seems to have been a more regular visitor since June, 2010. Currently i'm experiencing more of a high pitched ringing in both ears but it's not too loud or annoying. At other times it seems to be more like a chorus of cicadas and is quite annoying. Over the years i have experienced occasional sinus infections, sometimes coupled with noticeable sensation of pressure in my ears--similar to those experienced in rapid changes in altitude - which also seem to be associated with more intense tinnitus episodes. Also, i've had several episodes of intense vertigo, enough to lay me up for a day or two complete with spinning room and nausea. Tinnitus is usually comes with that package of symptoms. The first time that happened was sometime around 1995 or 96 at which time i went in for a complete workup with an ENT specialist. Assessment indicated i might be a candidate for Menier's Disease which is something one of my siblings does have. So far i seem to have dodged that nasty bullet. That was also the first time i was told tinnitus had no existing treatment and that it might come and go on it's own accord. Most of the time i choose(?) to ignore it which seems to work pretty well. Don't know if this means i have relatively milder case or stronger ability to put it out of my mind.... Bottom line: it's a subjective phenomenon anyway, isn't it? My current plan is to continue educating myself on this condition and to investigate the various approaches to mitigation. Meantime, i intend to stay as positive as i can about this and try not to buy in to the victim mode. (Not that i'm beyond indulging in that from time to time...) One last thing i might mention: I've played in an African Marimba Band for about 8 years now, and find it essential to wear earplugs in this environment as much as possible. I've noticed lately that i am more sensitive to high pitched ranges, something i understand can also be associated with T. Cheers to all!