I first got tinnitus in 1996. It started in one ear, progressed to the other, and then filled my entire head. Sometimes I had many overlapping sounds, other times a single air-compressor sound. I initially went to see an ENT, who prescribed steroids, which sent my tinnitus into the stratosphere for many months. I would wake up in the middle of the night with my ear blasting, and many times I would go down to the emergency room at 2 in the morning, nearly hysterical. As you all know, most medical people do not "get" tinnitus, at least not the severe kind. It took me many years to learn to deal with my tinnitus, but I live a productive life now with lots of laughter and fun. Initially, my tinnitus was so bad I could not lie down because the noise would get so much louder. I couldn't nap, now matter how sleepy I was. I was always exhausted. I had to take medication to sleep at all, and I would wake in the wee hours of the morning and just lie there suffering. I was so very depressed. Antidepressants made my tinnitus unbearable after just a few doses. Xanax helped some, but too much can make tinnitus worse. Because of the severity of my tinnitus, I lost a career track job and had to go on disability. For three years I could not find relief, despite going around the country to anyone who said they could help me. Then I found the Moses-Lang cd, which helped take the edge off the tinnitus. The very high-pitched sounds of band 6 and 7, not available on maskers, seemed to mitigate my tinnitus. It was no panacea, but every bit helps. I won't say that I'm not longer bothered by my tinnitus. It still can be difficult, but I manage all right. I no longer have the emotional heartache I had when I first got it. I accept it now. I deal solely with the physical symptoms. I have mild days and bad days, but I've learned to function well even on the days when the tinnitus is very intrusive. There are times when the bad days last for weeks, but then my tinnitus returns to "normal" and I am grateful. I don't stop my life on the bad days; I do whatever I had planned. I use Bose noise cancellers for airplanes and going to the movies. Once tinnitus made me so miserable I was ready to call it quits. Back then I would never have guessed that my life could get so much better. With tinnitus, time is one's friend.