Hi All, I would like to give my story to offer help and hope to others. I went hunting during October of 2007 and had a great day hunting. I actually brought earplugs but in my anxiousness to get a few shots at the first bird of the day neglected to wear them. Fired around two boxes of shells, some shots were in very close succession. Usually when you fire a gunshot, you experience what is known at a temporary threshold...your hearing fades out and rings and comes back. Unfortunately after firing at a few ducks; my hearing never came back. I went home and complained about ringing to my brother and family. I was told; wait, it will go away. Never did. That was seven years ago. I fell into a deep depression. I was extremely depressed and slept many hours of the day. I was prescribed Effexor. Over time the Effexor allowed to me to recover somewhat. I became used to the symptoms and was able to live again. Antidepressants really do help with this illness. The illness causes anxiety, stress, and depression. Antidepressants work on the brain (where tinnitus is perceived), and can help many cope with it. I am no longer on the pills, I have been off of them since 2008. My symptoms are as follows: A very high pitched solid tone...accompanied by a "whistling". This tone/whistling is occasionally complimented with very high pitched "electrical" chirps and squeaks. In addition to my tinnitus I have something else...I am not sure if it is recruitment or hyperacusis. Certain frequencies at certain loudness levels cause "static" feedback and kind of hurt my ears. It sounds almost "buzzy" when I hear certain things (including my own voice and my loved ones). This is more troubling than the tinnitus itself. I was doing pretty good with my symptoms until I went to a club a couple weeks ago and aggravated things. I had really become desensitized to the symptoms and I'm sure it will happen again. My conditions change with stress, the weather, and fatigue. I've stopped by here to see if anything had changed in the past seven years since I developed my hearing issues. It is very hopeful to see the various research news and clinical trials taking place for both hearing loss restoration and tinnitus medication. The key with living with this stuff is to be positive. Someone always has it worse than you do. Trust me. My girlfriend has severe meniere's and on times cannot walk. Tinnitus really isn't that bad, and I am sure that much more of the population has it then what is reported. Pink noise, the sounds of rivers and rain will provide me the relief I need right now. For those of you who are truly struggling in the initial stages; antidepressants are a viable solution. They DO quiet both the hyperacusis and the tinnitus. Habituation is a slow process. It does NOT happen overnight. I will be trying hearing aids soon enough. Stay positive people. I have finished two degrees between the onset of this illness and present day. I am striving to become a medical professional myself and help others who have suffered hearing loss. I know that we will have new therapies (probably within my lifetime). Hair cell regeneration looks and sounds (excuse the pun) extremely promising. If they can fix the inner ear, I have a very strong suspicion that the tinnitus and recruitment will dissipate given adequate auditory nerve stimulation.