Morning all, I awoke one morning in 2007 in the house I had just bought thinking there was a flock of screeching starlings outside in the garden. Got up, looked about, nada. Sat on the bed thinking 'crickets, is it crickets?' Since then the noise has got progressively worse. I can't pin it down to one particular thing but wonder if it's a combination of stress (I'd gone through a divorce and just bought a house on my own), years of scuba diving and even the side effects of a horrible Nokia mobile I had for work which burned my ear if I used it for too long! I was referred to ENT and told it was one of those things I'd have to learn to live with. Most of the time I can zone it out though the noise is loud, high pitched and incessant in both ears. However, I'm just getting over a bad cold and, for the first time, I've started to feel it is just too intrusive for any distraction. I've read about lots of therapies and treatments and am tempted to go for an assessment but wouldn't part with my hard earned cash unless I was totally convinced that there was some real evidence that they have a dramatic impact. Looking forward to connecting with people who understand just how debilitating T can be if you pay it too much attention. I've found I cope much better by accepting it as part of me (for now) and focusing on anything but the sound swirling around me.