I have been living with tinnitus for the past six or seven years now. I first developed it when I had bad allergies, and a stuffed eustachian tube putting pressure on my ear. I hate that, and was steaming my ear frequently, trying to get it to go away. This was the same year mom came to California after breaking her neck. Anyway the tinnitus started about the same time the stuffed ears went away. I concluded it must have been related. However the ear doctor did not agree, and says it was the consequence of loud noises, Del Monte when I was young, and loud music when I was older.
When it first developed it drove me crazy. It triggered great anxiety. I received a blessing from Brother Rod Tueller. The tinnitus didn't go away after, but my ability to live with it has increased. I hardly notice it any more, except when I get too tired, or when it changes tones which happens every once in a while. If I listen for it, it is there. But if I am busy doing something, I don't even realize it is there. It still bothers me I really don't have silence any more. However if I don't think about it, I'm OK.
The only worry is the doctor says it may portend hearing loss, which may be progressive. I hope not, but Sheri worries my hearing is getting worse. I have a hard time hearing something from the other room, but if people get my attention I hear fine. I also hear fine on the phone. So I'm good for a few more years yet.