Hello all! I'm Pamela a 49 yr old semi-retired professional musician who recently developed unrelenting Tinnitus & brain zaps during withdrawal from Cymbalta. Aka the user name X-zinger (ex-singer lol). Sorry - no sleep from the pounding shocks of anxiety & the constant song of their people "The Tinnitus Tribe", have left my humor kinda whacked. ;p I also have hearing loss due to young n dumb LOUD unprotected music playing, so add this in & it's TV captions & alotta "huh? what'd u says?" Lol together I feel pretty hearing handicapped. I was told the Tinnitus was a withdrawal side effect & should be gone by now, but I think it's worsening. I have been suffering with this for a couple of months and finally decided to try to talk to others who are going through similar symptoms/feelings because this added to my other problems is literally driving me crazy! So...here I am, ready to read/learn & hopefully make some friends. Saw my Dr. Again yesterday because he's afraid I have more permanent than situational hearing damage. I am scheduled for more testing so at this time I'm unsure of just HOW much my overall hearing is compromised. I DO know this is relentless and along with the ringing/screaming "zaps" "zings" and actual total dead silence at times I'm worried, scared, and it is really breaking me down. Hard when you can't shut it off or drown it out. Gonna do some more reading here as soon as I can. My own situation is a bit hectic but should settle some soon. For more info on me I'll be updating profile soon. From the little bit I've seen so far looks like a nice community.