The sad part is that many humans don't sympathize with something unless they go through it themselves, then they start to understand the pain. For example, when I was a little kid I was taught that other kids went hungry and were starving and I thought well that sounds bad but I didn't realize HOW bad it was until I was starving myself one day. Fortunately, for me it it wasn't for long. Now, when I hear about starving kids and I think back to that time it hits home. Its like the old adage, "when the shoe is on the other foot". Now about the tinnitus and how to help people understand better...... What you can do is use a software program called Audacity or something else like a frequency generator, white noise generator, etc. and record the tones and static and buzzing that make up your tinnitus. Put it on a LONG playing mp3 file, for example, 24 hours long. Then put it on an mp3 player and tell them to listen to it all day on headphones. (Of course it should be at a safe level). I would imagine more people than not, would take those headphones off before 24 hours was up. I think this is a great way for them to understand what you go through. Thumbs up if you think this is a good idea.