Hi Folks. I am a 66 year old Scottish male and have been recently diagnosed with tinnitus, although I suspect I have had it very slightly for several years. About three months ago, I started to get a loud high pitched sound like a dentists drill in my right ear, which I put down to having a cold at the time and feeling a bit choked up. However, once the cold had gone, the sound remained and got increasingly worse. I visited my GP and she referred me to the ENT dept at the local hospital. I had my hearing tested and I was shocked when the consultant told me, based on the test results, I would need two hearing aids. When I asked about the tinnitus, he said there was no cure but the hearing aids might help mask it! Other than a suggestion to put olive oil in my ears at night and a prescription for amitryptyline, that was the only help and advice I was given. He also added that if I had never worked in a noisy environment, the condition would most likely be genetic. I have it in my right ear and as recently as yesterday, it has started in my left ear, so now I have the damned drill noise in stereo. The volume seems to fluctuate and some days, when it settles down a little, I can just about bear it but when it spikes, I feel as if it is overwhelming me. After doing quite a lot of research on line, I understand the condition and it's causes and I am heartened by the various coping mechanisms fellow sufferers employ but I have yet to find something that works for me. I am having my hearing aids fitted mid February and I sincerely hope they will help reduce the tinnitus volume but I rather think they might not be that effective. I was wondering if anyone on the forum with tinnitus, has had a positive outcome with hearing aids as I really need some good news! I would not wish this condition on my worst enemy and silence now for me is a thing of the past. Sorry for being a bit long winded and I look forward to reading some success stories soon!