My tinnitus started a little over 4 years ago. My right ear rang for 3 weeks straight. It started after being on the phone (with my right ear) on high volume talking too long about something very upsetting with my sister. It was about my mom passing away and all the family problems we were having on top of it. I waited for the T to go away and it did not. It was a night mare. I suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks from it. I allowed it to scare me to death. I actually made it worse by reacting the way I did but I could not help it. I normally would not react so horrified about something but this was different. It was noise that I could not turn off. I felt trapped in my head. My doctor said my ear was healthy and clean and there was no medical reason for the ringing. He then told me to get therapy for my high stress and anxiety level. He said because I had been grieving extremely for my mother who I had loss to cancer that I needed grief cancelling. He told me the noise should lower in volume once I calm down. He said if the noise did not lower or subside after therapy then go to an ENT and they would be able to help me. He was absolutely right. I chilled out during therapy and the T faded away. Since that 1st T experience I have had T flare ups. For me it is triggered by stress and anxiety with out a doubt. I have learned not to panic from it. I think it takes time to learn not to panic from it. As you T people know freaking out over it does not help the volume go down. BUT this is my current problem. I want to know if this is something that happens to us veteran tinnits sufferers from time to time-------Recently I have been dealing with very stressful things. My 85 year old dad has been sick and my husband is sick. They are okay but it kind of through me for a loop this summer. Plus I had to decorate a dinner party for 100 people at the same time of taking of my sick loved ones. Plus I have 3 kids and pets and my household to run. Plus something else happened that I dont even want to share. It has not been easy for the last month. But life gets like that sometimes. Everything hit at once. Of course my left ear this time, is feeling muted some after feeling stressed. The static is turned up of course. I also feel a little numb near my left ear.. I usually am able to not let this bother me BUT I became scared of it again because I have been like this for 4 days now. I almost feel like I did back after my mom passed and I got T for the first time. I feel severely anxious and feel like screaming "NOT THIS AGAIN"...." I AM SICK OF THIS' " I AM SICK OF MY EARS' I have lost 5 pounds from losing my appetite. I have to make myself eat and drink. I am walking around my house with my favorite blanket wrapped around my neck and ears so I dont have to notice the hearing change. I even thought I was going to have a panic attack when I took the blanket off. I feel like I am down spiraling over something that I know about and have had before. What am I doing.???????I know better.