Hello! I've had tinnitus since 2000 or 2001, I don't remember exactly. I was on the bus after school, I think it was the last day of the year, and a kid behind me stuck something in my right ear. It like a blade of grass, but stronger, like wheat. To this day I'm not 100% sure what to call it, but I remember it, I saw it often in the school yard, and I can probably find it again. It hurt pretty bad, and I think the ringing started immediately. Being a kid though, I didn't want to show my rising sense of panic while on the bus. Boys are like this: we get hit, we shrug it off. Ignoring the consequences, this isn't close to the worst thing that happened to me at school or on the bus. But when I got home, I started to panic. Being either 2000 or 2001, and poor, I don't think we had the Internet. At this point, I'm not sure we even had a computer. So I couldn't look it up or try different things that might have helped. I remember flushing my ear out with water and then slamming my body into the bed multiple times to get the water out because it wasn't draining. Once I got the water out I gave up. The next year was spent learning to cope. I think I had an outburst in class shortly after where I was at my wit's end because of it. After that mom took it seriously and had me seen by an ENT. They prescribed the usual for ear infections, which did nothing, and on the checkup he basically told me that there's no cure and that I'll just have to learn to cope. He was very kind, and told me that he has it too. So looking at him, and knowing that he's managed all these years with it helped me understand that it's something I can learn to live with too. And so I did. I did very well, I think. It didn't keep me from sleeping (in fact I slept a little too well), studying, or doing anything that I wanted to do. Long stretches have been spent where I didn't even acknowledge that it was there until it was mysteriously not there. (That hasn't happened in a while.) I grew up, moved out, lived my life. Then I moved into my current apartment and things started to happen. First I noticed that I was more short of breath than usual. Then I noticed black rings forming in the sink drain and the toilets (including the toilet I almost never use). There's an orange ring on my shower head as well, and earlier I had to scrub my shower curtain down to get the stuff off (mostly black/gray). The apartment management says it's mildew, not mold, and that I should be fine. But I'm allergic to the stuff anyway (I have seasonal asthma - basically mold and mildew set me off, usually in the fall). So I knew then that I should probably move, but I took my time. Then I got an ear infection in my left ear... Then a year later ringing started in that ear and worsened in my right ear. I had trouble sleeping a couple nights recently. I didn't know what to do. Thankfully it varies, but whether it's because of something I'm doing or nature I can't be sure... Since then I've tried: Cleaning out my ears with baking soda and water. Visiting an ENT. Reducing my intake of caffeine. Taking decongestants. Taking antihistamines. Keeping the moldy bathrooms closed. Listening to a ACRN beeping treatment thing. Drinking more water. Eating lemons. Lemons seem to help. I've had a couple days where it was really hard to notice the ringing in my left ear, and it reduced in my right ear, but it ever went away. I've coupled it with reducing my intake of salt, but sometimes I'm hungry and get something against my better judgement. I regret it about an hour later when they start screaming again. I've read lemons and low salt diets can help people if they have cochlear hydrops. I guess it helps me, but I'm not 100% sure yet. Right now the ringing kinda sucks but I ate something I shouldn't have yesterday so maybe that was it. That said, I often feel pressure in my right ear (the first to fall), and I felt it in my left before it all started. Since then I've intermittently felt something in both ears as opposed to just the one. I feel like it could be the hydrops thing, but I don't know. I find reading people's posts here to be helpful. The sense of hope is comforting. The ACRN beeping thing linked above and the lemons were found out about in places like this. Both are helpful to me, though the lemons more-so. So, here I am. Maybe if there's a breakthrough I'll learn about it here, or maybe share it with you if somehow I find it.