Hi guys, I have had moderate/severe tinnitus for 2 years from sensoneural hearing loss in industry. I got used to it after a year or so and went back to quieter work. All was going well until a few days ago. I had a bad cough infection for a few weeks, which clogged my sinuses over the last few days too. Woke up 2 days ago with sudden extra hearing loss in my bad right ear and my tinnitus greatly increased. Saw a random GP ( mine had since retired) who prescribed cephalexin antibiotic for next 5 days and said hearing should go back to normal after infection subsides. That's fine, and may be the case, but I need to hedge my bets here. Is there anything else I should be doing right now to prevent risk of permanent hearing loss, permanent increase of tinnitus? Its been two days and I still feel much 'deafer' than normal.... Should I present myself to an ENT for immediate hearing test, checkup, steroids, anti-virals? Please suggest anything you think. I have read time is of the essence for hearing loss like this?