Hi All. I started losing my hearing around 2002 (30 yrs old), 60% hearing in my left & 85% hearing in my right. I started out with a single hearing aid in my left ear and then both ears around 2008. The tinnitus started somewhere around 2003-2004, it's been so long that I don't remember now. I do recall that it would come and go initially, kind of like after being at a rock concert, but one day just didn't go away. Not sure what my hearing percentage is these days, but it's not great. I'm not up on all the different kinds of T, as I've come across (mainly acronyms so far) in this forum. My tinnitus fluctuates all the time, different volume levels, sometimes different pitches. There are times when it is roaring so loudly that I can barely hear anything at all. Up until I stumbled upon this website, I would check Google news from time to time, to see if there were any new treatments or breakthroughs in tinnitus. I've tried a few different herbal "remedies", with no luck what-so-ever. To be completely honest, I feel that tinnitus has stolen my life. I feel so lonely and isolated because I have such a hard time hearing people and being part of discussions. I can't hear conversations in groups of people because I miss most of what is being said, so I usually just walk away in frustration. Thankfully, I have a great wife who tries hard to speak clearly and loudly for me. My boss is good, in that he takes care of 98% of the meetings for me, and just reports back to me what needs to be done. I hope this introduction isn't coming out as too whiny, but I'm sure most of you will understand where I'm coming from. I keep asking myself - why me? What did I do to deserve this crippling hearing impairment? I sure hope there is a cure somewhere - some day (soon).