So, my tinnitus was caused from a number of things, firstly, when I was 10 I decided, whilst playing "guns" with a friend, I decided that I would "blow my own brains out" by firing a cap gun in my ear. Obviously, I was a bit of a dumb 10 year old. Secondly, I spent a lot of time in an army barracks as a kid, and always went down and watched the helicopters take off without ear protection. I also shoot a shotgun without protection (not now) and used to listen to very loud music. But I always knew the beginning was with that cap. When I was young, my T really bothered me, I can remember as a kid, crying myself to sleep some nights. But as the years went on, I grew to tolerate it, until the point where I pretty much was able to completely ignore it altogether. But, about a month ago (Dec 2015) it changed pitch...it used to be a dull screech, but now its a really high pitched almost headache inducing squeal. The main problem other than the fact I can no longer ignore it, is the impact on my sleeping pattern and, in turn, my relationship as I now find I cant sleep without some form of noise, which keeps my wife awake. Its currently 5:35am GMT as I write this. I cant sleep, and for the past month I dont even try. I go to bed most "nights" at 5-8am, then rise for work at 9.30am. Its getting a little bit grueling. Between the lack of no sleep, and the constant noise this renewed T is beginning to really get me down. I have booked a doctors appointment for next week, in the hope that its a build up of wax that has changed it, and getting it cleared out will help, but honestly I think I am stuck with the new noise. I have also started some enquiries towards Hypnotherapy...dont know what peoples thoughts are on the subject, but the hypnotherapist I have talked to has helped to treat those suffering T before, so I have a chat with him tomorrow. Anyways, thats a quick introduction, I look forward to chatting to people on here, I have already found many of the posts I have read on here useful and knowing your not the only one having these issues, concerns and thoughts really puts ones mind at rest. Thought it high time I joined and got involved Ryan.