Hi guys.. I've had tinnitus since early 1980 and I'm 50 years old now... My tinnitus started after doing many drugs years ago, which I stopped doing not long after the tinnitus happened. Over the years I got used to it and accepted tinnitus. My tinnitus is in both ears and is a high pitched sound with a low rumble mixed in. It often gets worse with stress etc. I also suffered bad mental health for the last 15 years but my tinnitus never really bothered me and I haven't focused on it for many years. So it just does its thing without bothering me... But recently 2 weeks ago I noticed a very loud ringing high pitched in both my ears, so loud I could hear it over everything, the tv, outdoor sounds. It was so loud it scared me to death... I went to the doctor and he said I have a lot of wax in both ears and that would be causing the extra ringing. So for 7 days I put oil in my ears. Then 7 days later I had them cleaned... The moment they were cleaned the ringing went back to norm... I was so relieved and happy. But I kept thinking it might return, so found myself listening out for it and unable to stop focusing on it... well because of this focusing on it, its now loud again, not as loud as it was while the wax was in my ears but louder than norm.. So now I'm worried it's going to stay at this new level. I have to sleep with the tv on and I can still hear it... I've never had to put the tv on... So now I can't take my mind off it and don't understand how focusing on it has made it louder. I'm gutted because after I had them cleaned and it went I was happy and didn't give it any attention for that day. But from the day after I started listening out for it... What can I do to stop focusing on it through my day and forget about it as I have done for many years to a point i never noticed it...? Can focusing on it make it feel worse...?