I have had Tinnitus for 10 (TEN!) years. It started the day I came home from the hospital after having my kidney removed. (Cancer) It started when I woke up that first morning and sounded like a thousand birds chirping. It changed after a few weeks to a set of two tones ...constant and unrelenting. I avoided pain meds and aspirin and nothing helped except the sound of water or traffic. I found that my fan at night in my bedroom helped mask it. Quiet rooms are the worst. I was fired from 2 jobs because they were heavy phone jobs with complicated tasks. (Law) and I snapped under the pressure. This was 2007 and 2011. The masking stopped working in about 2012 as the volume had increased and "crickets" were added to my hell. It seemed like the crickets came after long periods of quiet, like my ears were over-modulating like bad headphones or blown speakers. My doctor told me essentially that I just had to deal with it as there is no cure. My insurance has denied me any hearing aids for my hearing loss in my one ear. This loss was since childhood. They have denied me any therapy as well as it is experimental. They denied me anti-depressants and denied my disability. I am now destitute as I was fired from my last job and have been unable to work. Suicide seems like a blessing...the idea of silence is intoxicating as I remember what it was like. My ears are raging so loud now I can barely function.