Hi, I am a retired lady from the UK, and I just wanted to say hello. I have had tinnitus now for a year. I have a history of frequent fungal infections in my left ear, and strangely only in my left ear. I have often seen doctors who have said that they didn't know why I was in such pain, when my ear didn't look that bad, but I am convinced that at least much of the time the infection was real enough. After all it repeatedly cleared up after being treated with a "wick" covered in anti fungal creme. This time last year the tinnitus started. Usually this has been caused by the ear canal being blocked with medication and debris and once it has been micro-suctioned it has gone away, This time I had it cleared and the pain and the tinnitus remained. In the end the ear was treated with six weeks of Canesten ear drops. It got a lot less painful, but the tinnitus still remained. I saw an ENT specialist privately who said my ear was definitely not infected, checked me out under the microscope, and sent me for a CT scan. Thank God, everything came back completely normal. One year later, I still have very loud tinnitus in my left ear, and occasional mild pain, but I am assured there is nothing wrong with my ear. So, where does that leave me? The ENT specialist said I could have neuralgia of the nerve to my ear, or possibly it was being affected by the herpes virus, which I get frequently on my face. I suspect that whatever is going on, playing around with my ear is maybe what has caused the frequent infections, and maybe, just maybe, there is something else going on as well. I have been coming to this forum for a few weeks now, and have found it very helpful. I am trying to "habituate" myself by keeping a fan or a radio going, and ignoring the tinnitus and going out and getting on with life, and it is certainly helping. I love the free tinnitus masker the forum supplies, and by running it quietly and constantly through headphones I am now able to read books again in bed, without disturbing my husband. I hope I will succeed in my efforts. When I get down about it I read the "Success Stories," which never fails to cheer me up. So thank you to all of you that post there.