Before I got tinnitus, I didn't know much about it. I remember reading a novel, "The Emmigrants", where one of the characters was kicked in his ear when he was a kid, after which he had tinnitus the rest of his life. That was about all I knew about tinnitus: A character in a book. I have read that 50 million people in the US have tinnitus. That's a lot of people who must not be talking very publically about their tinnitus. Maybe it's no a big deal to most people. They seem to just get on with their lives. Is their's not as loud? Or is it a subject they avoid talking about? Or are they not as sensitive...? Why is that some people with tinnitus cope better than others?