I am reading alot of helpful posts on this site. Thank you. It really matters that other people are experiencing and coping with this T that I've unfortunately become acquainted with myself. About 1 month ago I returned from a long overseas flight. I'd had a virus/cold while over in Europe. After getting home here to the USA, I developed a swollen ear and took antibiotics for it. Then an ENT gave me steroids. After stopping the steroids at one week, I had extreme vertigo, tinnitus and hyperacusis. I've also lost much hearing in left ear. The vertigo was severe and landed me in the emergency room. But it hasn't returned after that. The other problems have hung around, though. The only thing that helps is ear plugs right now. I am trying to keep busy and optimistic. Many of you describe your tinnitus as low, high or medium, etc. Question: How should I know how to classify my sound? It goes higher, lower, softer, louder, etc. Thank you for your interest.