Just a brief hello. I have had tinnitus for many decades; i'm not sure when or why it started but guess i've been troubled by it since the early 1990s. I've habituated and coped OK - part of my strategy was to give it as little 'acknowledgement' as possible so i didn't seek treatment or really discuss it with anyone. But it has become much more intrusive in the last 2-3 years and i have been using the in-ear masking therapy offered by the NHS for several months. So far it has been unsuccessful. The development over the last year is the most disconcerting. The constant albeit ever-louder ringing has been tolerable, but now i get quite violent and loud noise 'spasms' occasionally accompanied by a flash of light. They only seem to happen when i'm on the edge of consciousness and are becoming louder, more frequent and interfering with getting to sleep. It feels as if it is not tinnitus as such; more the tinnitus is a marker for something else. My audiologist has referred me to my GP and he's referred me back to him, so it's very much ongoing and frustrating as well as distressing. OK - not that brief! Apologies, but if anyone has any experience of what i'm talking about or has any comments - or indeed questions - i'd be happy to hear them. I shall take some time to explore the forum which seems to have a lot of information and optimism which i hope to exploit. Thanks for taking the time to read.