hi all. im new here, but have been aware of the site for some weeks due to sudden onset of high pitched ringin in my right ear. The onset may gave been caused by a cold which became a sinus infection, which in turn caused ETD blockage in my right tube, fullness of ear and unequal ear pressure causing muffling in right ear. There is a possibility the infection has just damaged my inner ear or cochlear, I'm just not sure. There could also jaw or neck issues at play. Anyway, when the ringing started, saying my life turned to crap is an understatement. I actually looked at my gun safe imagining that was my only way to ever be free of the ringing. And I have a wife and young daughter. pretty distressing. I sought help through this forum reading success stories and possible treatment options. I tried and continue to take ginko, and am now on a anti depressivecalled tryptoline or something. I ccertainly have been suffering anxiety long before t started up in earnest, and no doubt have been in denial of depression induced by massive amounts of stress both st work and home. It took me till today, when I got the anti depression meds preccribed to realise, that I have already been dealing with t long before this recent apparent increase. I spent 6 year in the army as s tank crewman. I recall now lyingin my ssleeping bag as a 18 year old after 18 hours of operations each day for weeks at a time, wearing a gentex helmet, listening to the hum in my ears of the noise cancellation and feedback whistle from the intercom. I have been a clubber, and remember myears ringing for days sometimes after a big niight. I am also a hunter, and have had high powered rifle s go off just beside my head. I then remembered, that because of all these things I put my ears thror I have always had ringing in my ears in silent environments, but I could always focus away from it, like if I heard a car pull up outside in the middle of the night in bed. The buzzing just disappeared when I needed it to, and I could listen over it. So,before I actually took my first anti depression med today, I actually realised I was either starting to habituate, or the t was subsiding. An epiphany? As I write this, I'm in bed beside my wife, and yes I have t in both ears, and just slightly higher in my right as it has been since my flare up. But you know what, I don't seem to care now, because I realise I gave been dealing with it for years and each time I have habituated. So I realised, his time WILL BE NO DIFFERENT! The difference is that this recent onset has come at a time I was sick, stressed and anxious, and had some family issues at home. I started dealing with these things, and it made acceptance of t easier, and reminded me, "hey, this is something you actually already had why are you stressing about a minor burst in intensity that will probably go away or your brain will start ignoring". I will continue the meds and also be far more protective of my ears around loud noise, but I'm also going to let my brain do it's thing, and not expect the magic bullet in the form of a pill or procedure. I am also going to work on my relationship, my stress at work and my health. These things definitely affect t, and how you can deal with it. Anyway, thanks for reading. I hope this does help someone out there.