Found this site while searching for information for a new device to reduce tinnitus. My ENT tells me my tinnitus is caused by otosclerosis. The T started as only a very faint hum and has gradually increased in loudness over the years. I have had two episodes where it had gotten so loud, it was as if it was my first day with tinnitus and I was ready to jump off a bridge. Normally, my T is about equal volume in both ears, which I think has allowed me to cope with it. On those bad days, the sound changed and the "direction". I perceived the sound as coming from my left and from the rear. It was as loud as a low flying jet (what I remember a low flying jet sounding like). So, I go to the ENT... it had been nearly ten years since my last visit... to tell them of my new situation and get some relief if possible. Mind you, I clearly explained that I'm an experienced T sufferer and I'm about to lose my marbles... The response I got? Try some ginkgo?! I didn't try the ginkgo. I was so damned mad it took my mind off the new T sounds. My normal T resumed in a few weeks, thankfully. The struggle that I have with T is that family and friends have no clue what it's like. My wife left the room shortly after hearing the audio clips of typical T sounds just before I started to write this. We discuss it maybe once every 6 months. She usually listens but just blinks her eyes till the subject changes. But to get a response from a professional audiologist that T was somehow banal and not of concern? I think they should have some experience with T by putting some earbuds in and listening to T sounds 24/7. Just one week. That's all. Anyhow, I might have a slim chance at reducing or eliminating my T with surgery to fix the otosclerosis. (Replacing the stapes with a prosthetic) I haven't had the courage yet. There is a chance of complete deafness with the surgery and balance issues etc. Hearing with T is better than no hearing in my book. If anyone reads this far... thanks for allowing me the rambling rant.