I had a VERY trivial viral infection in October 2014. After a few days I noticed very mild high-pitched hissing tinnitus in both ears....initially infrequent and quiet. I went on to develop symptoms of Eustachian Tube Dysfunction....ears very difficult to pop, pressure pains in my ears and muffled sounds (like hearing sounds through fluid). Also post nasal drip and thick nasal discharge. GP diagnosed sinusitis and ear infection.....antibiotics did nothing. The tinnitus gradually worsened and became continuous and the ETD symptoms worsened, too......unable to pop ears at times. ENT referral....mild high tone hearing loss.....pat on the back (essentially 'Go away and deal with it, it's not that bad). Tinnitus worsened, developed severe panic attacks.....then suicidal depression (never had any mental health issues before). Multiple visits to GP, hospital, emergency services etc. and felt myself to be in the darkest and most desperate place I have ever been. Grommets for the ETD Feb 2015....pressure symptoms eased, but tinnitus worsening and deafness increasing. Pulsatile tinnitus also, now, both ears. Not sleeping, even with sleeping pills, not eating, not coping, no confidence, wouldn't go out or drive,i.e going downhill fast. Eventually (late Feb 2015) admitted to hospital for my depression. First antidepressant caused anaphylaxis and nearly killed me. Eventually stabilised on venlafaxine. By end of April depression lifting and panic attacks abolished totally. Grommets dropped out and replaced by T-tubes for persisting ETD. Tinnitus (both types) unchanged. I was given sound generating hearing aids for my (by now) significant hearing loss in September, and learnt about mindful meditation, maskers etc. So by the end of the summer of 2015 (about a year since the tinnitus started) I began to rediscover the old me. Now I have high-pitched tinnitus 24/7, as loud as it has ever been, and pulsatile tinnitus, mainly when I first go to bed. I sleep fine without sedation, have regained my lost weight and confidence, and do everything that I did before (apart from swimming....T-tubes). I have not modified my diet nor do I take supplements(didn't find that they made much difference anyway during the time that I would have lived on kale and swallow eye of newt if it was supposed to help tinnitus). I drink alcohol in the same amounts as I did prior to the Big T. Probably all that has happened is that I have 'habituated', but, whatever, I am a transformed individual. I am happy to go to places with loud music, cinemas, theatres etc and no longer dwell on the noises my brain generates. My life is back to normal. What I would say is, that if I can return from That Place, anyone can with time. It's not an easy or quick road for many of us, but it can be done. So I have tinnitus, I no longer SUFFER with it. Tinnitus can be tamed if not cured. Fungus.