Despite doctors telling me my tinnitus is due to eustachian tube dysfunction as a result of allergies, I keep going back to the fact that my ear troubles began just a few weeks after starting Lexapro. I started it on Oct. 26th, I believe, 5 mg, and then that dose was increased to 7.5 mg. around Nov. 1st. Some time in Nov. I had 2 pinging sounds in my ear after I woke up one morning. Then not long after, hissing in both ears. Several other noises have joined in since then. Both my psychiatrist and the pharmacist have told me that the ear pain/ pressure I have felt would not be a Lexapro side effect, but there are anecdotal posts in forums online to the contrary. (Both for Lexapro and Celexa, which are similar SSRI's.) Part of me wants to lower my dose of Lexapro to see if the tinnitus changes any, but I'm afraid of tinnitus worsening. I've read things online about lowering or quitting medications worsening tinnitus. Also, if I need to go back up to the dose I started at, apparently that can sometimes increase tinnitus as well. I feel kind of stuck. Whichever direction I go in carries risk. If a med does cause tinnitus, does it usually subside as you lower your dose?