I know the thread is about hearing aids, but since people have brought up tinnitus...I started a thread here: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=111525&highlight=TINNITUS Nobody was yanking anyone's chain, people do suicide over Tinnitus. When I first realized I had it, I couldn't sleep for days, it was all I could hear, it can drive ya crazy. I'll swear I've always had it since I was a kid, but the unmuffled exhaust, concerts, guns, machines, sure didn't help. I don't like preachers and I'm not a safety nazi but I beg people to wear hearing protection so they won't get the 'nitius. It's an F'ed up thing to have.