I've been through the tinnitus threads, and gleaned a lot of info. What I'm looking for is some experienced opinion to aid in my making a decision. I'm a 47 year old late bloomer who has been playing mainly alto sax for three years now. I play in my house strictly for my own enjoyment-I never play with anyone else. A year ago, I developed tinnitus in my left ear after two longer than usual practice sessions, and it never went away. I've been to the doctors, had the MRI, and they basically said "nobody knows much of anything certain about tinnitus." At first, both the audiologist and the doctor both said to keep up the sax as a relaxing hobby, but then the doctor said the noise level of a single horn "might" be loud enough to aggravate it. When I mentioned the vibrations from the mouthpiece through the upper teeth and skull, he said that might aggravate the tinnitus as well, but there wasn't any way of knowing for sure. I've tried the ER-20 earplugs, but they don't affect the vibrations. Plus when you play only for your own enjoyment, why bother if you have to mute the sound? If I keep playing, will the tinnitus get so bad in a few years that I will regret it? Opinions?