Hi, I'm new to this forum but not new to tinnitus. I have had it since 1991. I am listed on the ATA website as a support person. I have been taking Xanax for it since 1991. I worked up to 8MGs daily about seven years ago. I stopped taking a number of antidepressants about six months ago and started slowly tapering off the Xanax a the same time. The ringing had become quite bearable on it's own. Then last week it came back with a vengeance. This is horrible. I used to use a masker and I would turn up the volume just enough to start hearing it but not trying to mask it out. That worked after three weeks of use. I'm going to try that again but this is the worst ringing I have ever had. I know it's common for benzo withdrawal. I'm down from 8MGs daily to 4.75MGs but this is horrible. The Xanax wasn't doing much for the ringing anyhow.