Hello. My name is Josh and I am seventeen years old. I have had Tinnitus since October of 2014. It was not a problem, in fact, I was oblivious to it up until May 2015. Until that date, life has become much different. I have visited several doctors, that being three, and all of them have assured me that my Tinnitus will go away within time and proper treatment. The first doctor told me I had fluid in my middle ear, which there was nothing there. The second doctor told me there was inflammation in my ear and I was prescribed Prednisone to reduce inflammation. I did notice a slight decrease in the pitch of the ringing, but it did not solve the problem. After I finished taking the medication, my ears were tested. I scored excellently and the doctor was dumbfounded as to why I could have Tinnitus other than TMJ / TMD problems. So, there is no room for acoustic trauma causing this uninvited condition. Then, a few days ago, I visited the third doctor, whom was testing me for TMJ / TMD. I tested positive for said condition and I am scheduled to return by next week to receive further treatment. During the tests to affirm that I have TMJ, the doctor put slight force on some of my muscles and bones. The bone / muscle within the mouth that can be affected by TMJ / TMD and correlated to Tinnitus was the most painful. I noticed that the ringing intensified and my ears felt even more cloudy, pressured, and annoyed after the doctor did that one action! | --- Note --- | I have Tinnitus worse in my right ear than in the left ear. That is a positive correlation with my TMJ / TMD. The right side of my jaw is worse than the left. | --- End Note --- | In my personal life, I am an avid headphone user (I use the Astro A50s for both gaming and music). I have noticed that the volume of my music can be a bit too high at times, but it is never too high to create a sensation of discomfort. I have been listening to music frequently for about one and a half to two years now. At least six days a week for eight hours at a time. I was never warned about the terrible nature of having Tinnitus, neither was I aware that Tinnitus is a condition. My step-dad has extremely bad Tinnitus, from decades of band practice (without ear-protection) and avid concert attendance. He has informed me that it took him at least six years of ear-torturing to attain Tinnitus. I know everyone is different physically, but I feel I have not been exposed to Tinnitus-inducing conditions for an extended period of time, and the yield of Tinnitus due to ear damage is highly unlikely. I do have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and it does not help in swaying my mind from the ringing, neither does it help soothe my mind that my Tinnitus will go away, as doctors have constantly reassured me with. There is one more problem, I...am...am... a frequent *ahem* masturbater (2 - 3 times a day for the last three years). I have noticed that my ears ring at times when I finish my "exercising". I am worried that there maybe some connection between obsessive masturbation and the development of Tinnitus. I would talk to my parents about this problem, but I cannot deal with the awkward nature of the conversation, let alone having to explain that I do not watch porn, which they would assume. Can you please help assure me that I will be cured of this hellish condition. I have a life ahead of me and ambition greater than the forces of nature. I want to be so much more, but Tinnitus is crushing my reality and making me want to bang my head against a wall. Thank you.