Hi - I've been gone from this forum for a few months as I completed the structured program and then ended up doing 12 weeks of therapy with a TMS therapist and made a lot of progress. I had been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis as well as back issues, had really limited my diet and in general been consumed with illness and reading Dr. Sarno's book as well as this forum really helped me. I have almost no pelvic or back pain and can now exercise even daily. I'm eating and drinking what I want and when I get twinges I remind myself its TMS and they go away. Each time I've had pain issues its been related to various transitions in my life - having a child, changing jobs etc. Recently I got sick with a stubborn respiratory virus and had an ear infection and at the same time had to decide if to leave my long time job and retire. I made the decision to retire, got better from the virus, but ringing from the ear infection stayed. I checked with a specialist and today was told I have mild hearing loss that is probably causing the Tinnitus and/or its residual from the damage from the ear infection - but I only had an infection in one ear, but the ringing is in both although stronger in the ear that had the infection. The specialist suggested hearing aids although day to day I don't need them for the hearing loss. I am really confident this is a TMS symptom, but I'm so FRUSTRATED. It feels like each time something good happens in my life, my mind/body sabotages the good feelings by presenting me with a new symptom. I realize this is classic TMS - trying to distract me from my emotions with physical symptoms. I've tried ignoring the ringing and just moving on with my life, but its very hard to do as its always there. I'd appreciate any words of support and ideas on how to proceed with this new challenge.