Hi everyone, Chronic ear problems lead to my tinnitus. Namely, I had ETD with a lot of stuffiness in my ears. My ENT told me I could relieve my pressure by gently "popping" my ears. Last August, while popping my ears, I heard a deep, harmonic sound from my left ear. And I felt a lot of pressure release. I just knew this was not good. Several days later, I began to hear a piercing sound from my left ear. At first, it was brief and intermittent. Over the next few weeks, however, it became constant. I really panicked, not understanding I had damaged my cochlea. I focused instead on my ETD and began popping my ears several times a day, probably causing more damage--which I realized only later. Long story short, I've visited three ENTs who told me about the necessity of habitation. I understand this and am working on it, but it's so frustrating to be told to "heal yourself." Anyway, I've read many posts on this board and I've been impressed with the knowledge and strength of its members. It's comforting to know you are not alone, and that things will get better.