Hello Tinnitus talk forum! I don't want to take up too much of your time, so I'll make this short. I have had tinnitus for about 4 months now. It is incredibly quiet, as I can only hear it when I am in a room with sound lower than 30db, and even then I have to listen for it. It has gotten louder on occasion though and I'd like to prevent and permanent worsening. I am having a cyst surgically removed from my lower back tomorrow, and I'm certain the Doc will be using some sort of local anesthetic. Is it possible the anesthetic injected into my back could worsen my tinnitus?? If so, are there any alternatives to the local anesthetic?? My biggest fear in life at this moment is a worsening of my T, so I want to be cautious. Thanks in advance for your responses!!!