Hi, just registered. Have had fullness in ears and ringing, both sudden onset in April 2002. Ringing eased up, and I habituated, but fullness never left. Three ENTS find nothing wrong with my ears and last hearing test (years ago) was at level of a person never exposed to noise pollution - meaning, it was perfect, surprising doctors, as I was 40 years old then. Reason I'm here: tinnitus volume increased suddenly, likely due to my attending outdoor event with loud speaker and unexpected fireworks, but I DID have ear plugs in my purse, mercifully, or who knows how bad tinnitus would be now. Although I am a therapist and life coach who possesses a lot of self awareness, I found myself feeling those feelings many of you speak of: Panic, anxiety, loss of control, depression, a sense of needing to escape, low quality of life, etc. I do have appointment with audiologist as I have long suspected I have cochlear hydrops and/or my TMJ causes tinnitus as all other conditions ruled out by ENTS. I saw my chiropractor yesterday and my C-1 (Atlas) was out. I did notice today I feel better in every sense since adjustment and could sleep with my ear on pillow, which ringing prevented me from doing past few weeks, even with sound masker on. I am reviewing posts here and will have questions in future. I am reducing sodium in my diet as I do notice too much sodium increases ringing, which again suggests I have cochlear hydrops. Other possibility: Exacerbated hypothyroidism: High TSH of 67 (!) due to sudden sensitivity to synthetic thyroid that i had to go off of due to heart concerns. On bioidentical thyroid now but tsh will take a while to come down. Lastly, I suspect my tinnitus may be somatic as I can make it louder if I clench my teeth. Are there methods for reduction of somatic tinnitus that others here know about? Best, TOB.