I would like to start this by saying that I still have tinnitus. This isn't a letter to say it goes away or whatever; all I want to say it gets better. The last time I posted on this forum, I was attacked by people who want me and others to live as miserably as they do. Truth is, they were probably miserable before tinnitus. So if you don't like me or what I have to say, I politely ask you to turn around and go on as you were. Thank you. This is a letter to all those who visit this forum without joining in the hopes they'll see some positivity - there is. When I first developed tinnitus, I was so scared. I cried every day because of this noise in my ears. The doctors said it was probably an infection, took the treatment, etc. Nothing changed. I had steroids injected into my ears; did not do anything either. Didn't even bring my hearing back (Hearing loss dip at 4500 hz). Anyways, I don't want to go into a ton of details. My point is that things will get better for you. YOU just have to make things better for yourself. Get some exercise Learn to cook new recipes Do crafts Learn a new language Whatever floats your boat I always thought, "I just want to go back and live my life again like it was!" Now, I say Fuck that! I am going to live an even better life! I treat myself now! I used to second guess everything, especially when I bought myself stuff. Now, I get massages, eat good food, I wear nice clothes, I get good haircuts, I bought bath bombs... basically everything and anything that I can do to make myself feel better about myself. Tinnitus is just a tiny part of who I am. It's there, I can hear it most times. When I watch TV, when I am cooking, when I am working, in loud restaurants, during conversations, I can still pick up on my tinnitus. I am 5 months down the road and I can't say it's any less or louder than it was before. It's just there. What caused it? Not sure, I don't think I'll ever know. But why do I need to know? It's been pretty much established that this is a condition that will not go away; so I should just accept it as part of my body and carry on as I was. I only visit this site to access the tinnitus tracks (which I'm very thankful for, the birdsong and water gets me through work so beautifully). Here's the other stuff I do (aka treatment). So over the past 5 months, I've tried just about everything to 'cure' me. I've done: Acupuncture Reiki Holistic remedies Meditation Traditional Chinese Medicine Chiropractic work Diet Here are my thoughts Acupuncture - definitely worth a shot. When the guy touched the needle on my left hand I heard a "ting-ting-ting!" in my left ear. It definitely is a cool experience. I am actually due for another treatment soon. Reiki - definitely worth a shot too; it definitely had some effect on my ears. I felt sensations throughout my body that were very cool/ weird. I haven't continued this because of the cost factor and it's just not my thing. Holistic remedies - Not sure if they work or not. Can't say and won't say, but I don't do this anymore. Meditation - do this. It will make you feel better by coming to terms that you have this condition. Back to Silence technique is great. I tell myself (out loud), "I hear it, it makes me feel _____". Don't question how it works, just do it. Traditional Chinese Medicine - I feel like it has some sort of effect on me. I take Er Ming Zuo Ci Wan, 16 pills dissolved in water 3-4 times a day (twice the dosage, but then again I'm a very tall and burly guy). However, this is a very very very slow acting medicine; you have to take it for at least a few weeks for you to start to feel the difference. I'm only on week 2 and have some hope but not relying on this to "change my life". Chiropractic work - so I was hit by a car last year at the end of August. My tinnitus started at the end of December. Not sure if they're related, but I have somatic tinnitus, meaning that if I turn my head, look down/ up it gets louder and sharper. I had an MRI done and I have degenerative joint disease in my neck (I'm only 25). The chiropractor definitely helps my back a ton. I have been sleeping great and feel less heavy. When I get work done, my tinnitus spikes that same night; then the next day it goes back down. My chiropractor is convinced he can resolve my tinnitus, but I'm not holding anything against anybody. I have mentioned before that my family has tinnitus. Most recently, my sister joined the club. It doesn't bother them so my point of view is that it shouldn't bother me. I used to think, "I want to die, I can't live like this!" I say, fuck that. I have so much to do on this Earth. I will live and do everything to make me happy and the people around me happy. Yea, sure it sucks that we have tinnitus but once you start to do stuff that makes you happy, you just become happy! My point is that if you dedicate your life to becoming a better person, you will become a better person, regardless of our condition. Sure, you can spend your life and years trying to cure yourself; but for me, I did not want tinnitus to define me. I did not want my life to be full of "Oh my God, will this work? Let's try this! Let's do that, I can't do this, I should do that!" Nope, that is not the life I want to live. I guess in all of this, I want to say that it all gets better with time. Let go and just be happy! I hope it helps someone out there peeking looking for a sign. I might not post much on here, but what's the point of bringing each other down?