Hello all. I joined a few weeks ago and have read many of the posts. My tinnitus has stayed about the same for 5 weeks now. The anxiety has diminished quite a bit since then. I went to my primary physician and he prescribed xanax in a low dose to help that. Its .25 mg up to three times a day as needed. I only take one about an hour before I go to bed. There is one thing that confuses me however. The hissing always seems louder than the masking. I started with rainfall sound which covered the hissing but brought out a high frequency tone which is always louder than the masking. I then found that music worked better for me. The problem is the volume I need to cover the tinnitus seems very loud. My wife couldn't believe how loud I was using. Now it gets really strange. The masking volume is loud enough to make conversation hard and the T is still always a little louder. But when there is no masking the T has no effect on my hearing. I went to an ENT, had hearing test and the results were severe high frequency loss. My biggest problem is getting to sleep. I have two fans on full and an air purifier on full which provide hardly any masking. I listen to music using earbuds at a volume that may be too loud. The ENT said 80 db should be maximum safe volume. Of course I have no way of knowing what the db is. Anyone else have symptoms similar?