Imagine it's 1865 (150 yrs ago), and you've contracted an annoying, painful, and (albiet uncurable) but ultimately unfatal disease. Imagine your thought pattern at the time. "How could I be so dumb, this Syfilis is destroying me!" Your throught would be, "All this technology, they have to find a cure someday"..and they do. Now remember, we are passing through history, not prehistoric, not futuristic, the present is the only reality any of us know. There will come a time when people with tinnitus/hearing loss will go to the dr and rx that mess completely gone, but remember, AIDS didn't show up until 1981! There will always be some parasite, virus, etc that will haunt the human conditon....tinnitus is minor! Maybe in 2085 they will be saying "Damn I wish I lived in 2005 when they didn't have this Mars virus! It's so annoying!"