Hi, I was able to resolve my chronic pain issues by using the mindbody approach several years ago and have, in many ways, change the path that my life has taken. From a mental and physical perspective I feel fantastic. I'm doing things now in my 40's that I never would have conceived of doing. There is one thing,however, that just very recently, I have come to the conclusion is also a mindbody symptom. Since I was a young boy I've suffered from tinnitus in my left ear. It's not so loud that it causes me distress, but when it's quiet or when I turn my attention to it, I can hear it. And sometimes it's louder than others. I believe it all started after a firecracker exploded near my ear. I must have been between 8 and 10 years old at the time, I can't really remember exactly, but in talking with my mother, we agreed I was around that age. I was living in El Salvador at the time and almost all little boys played with firecrackers or "cuetes" as we called them. They were sold at the local market and anyone could by them. One day I was being a boy and experimenting with I could blow up with some of the larger firecrackers and one went off near my ear. I was very afraid that I had lost my hearing. I remember having that sensation like when you go to a loud concert and your ears feel clogged. I also heard very loud ringing. I don't remember if I cried, but I know that it was quite a shock and I think I quit playing with cuetes on the spot. I don't remember if that ringing went away and came back later... it's all kind of fuzzy in my memory, but I do recall going to hearing tests as a boy and sitting in the quite room while the hearing test was administered. You know the one where they play tones of different frequencies and loudness in your ears and you have to acknowledge that you've heard it. I recall that when they put the headphones on, I heard a ringing in my left ear. I didn't know what tinnitus was, but I heard the ringing. I knew that when they played a tone that matched the tone of my ear ringing, that I couldn't hear it. The test results showed that I had hearing loss in my left ear. Ever since then, I've believed that I have hearing loss in my left ear. However, now I'm not so sure. I wonder if the hearing loss isn't really a loss as much as it is the ringing in my ear caused by TMS/PPD and that ringing masks the tones from the test. This is one thing I'm not sure of. But one thing I am sure of is that this tinnitus can go away. I've read of other people's successes and I am very hopeful that it can go away for me too.