I've had T since 2008. It has absolutely crippled me in the past - the noise actually "felt" like pain. I have complained about this pain on this forum in the past several times. I now realize this was an extreme reaction to the T that is most likely explained by the Jastreboff feedback model. I can't stress how bad it was for me - I could not do anything and the noise pierced through every single thing - it was and still is unmaskable. Yet, since April I have lived life as if I don't have T at all. The noise is no longer an issue and I don't "feel" the pain anymore. It has been almost 3 months of living without the despair of tinnitus. I finally understand - I can hear my T now but because I know that most of my time is spent being unaware and unaffected by T, I don't monitor or fear it. It has lost it's power now that I'm aware of how benign it is. The noise is still there, but I just don't care about it. This is a place that I thought I would never get to. It is still early, though - 3 months of relief is only a fraction of time that I've spent with 7 year old T - but it is a milestone for me. All I can say is, believe that you will get to this place of relief, too. It takes a leap of faith to believe that you'll get relief even though you still have T. Especially if it "feels" like pain. But as my T blares right now (I'm wearing headphones so it's extra loud) - it is benign and no longer an issue. What used to sound and FEEL like an electric saw in my ears is now just a noise that I don't care about and eventually fades into the background. This forum has helped me so much, but when because I've been doing so well, I have not felt the need to re-engage with my T by reading about it on forums. However, it can be extremely beneficial for support/ Just reading the success stories lifted my spirits and got me to this place. Dr Nagler's wisdom and guidance has been a godsend for me - His posts have literally saved my life. I don't really go on forums anymore for T, but I wanted to post something positive for you all. For anyone struggling: You will get relief in time! Listen to Dr Nagler and the success stories to get to that place of relief - don't spend 7 years in agony like me! Bye!!