My doctor suggested I join a discussion group to share experiences of my tinnitus with other fellow sufferers. I have had tinnitus for about 4 years (hissing in both ears after an earth shatteringly loud ACDC concert. I have good days and bad days with it. The key for me is to keep busy and focus on doing something positive to take my mind off it. Exercise helps too. The hissing flares up when I'm stressed and makes me weep at times. My hearing is mildly to moderately affected - high pitch sounds escape me and I watch TV with the subtitles. Do they all mumble on TV now or is it just me?? I long to experience silence again and appreciate quiet moments to myself without my hissing enemies disturbing me. Would it be worthwhile looking into hearing aids or do they make the tinnitus even worse?