It was while I was in the Navy, working around noisy equipment to grind the floors, and the inside the 5"38 gun while playing war games, that the noise caused me tinnitus. I began noticing it as a high pitched sound seemingly coming from my ears, similar to the sound of crickets. In fact, recorded crickets I now use to help mitigate what I hear every day 24/7, at various decibel levels. What I eat can tend to increase the sound -- usually salty foods like chips or prepackaged foods, most of which I try to avoid. Eating out is seldom not a salty meal. I tried various methods to gain relieve apart from sound therapy, including laser treatments in Daytona Beach that cost me $1500 and the purchase of a $5200 Neuromonics unit. What I've spent on remedies is proof of the hopeless state I once was in. Today, after years of sound therapy and xanax, I'm doing much better -- not cured, just doing better.