In a nutshell, I've had T for 15 years and hyperaccusis for about 5. I've lived with both and still function well as a teacher and father of 4. Until the last week. Unbelievably, 3 days before I was finally about to get myself some hearing aides to help mask my T, I wake up with a major problem. My normal T is between 8-10,000 H and at 60-65 decibels - pretty bad. Then last Monday I wake up with a massive loud low noise in one year. It's far and away louder than anything I've ever experienced. It's between 125-250 H and I have no idea how loud but so loud I haven't slept properly for a week (and this is from someone who is well used to T). My GP said "your tinnitus is getting worse - sorry." My ear specialist said u have a virus and has hit me with a 10 day course of steriods (Prednisone) a few months of Betahistine and an MRI scan in case it's a tumour.It's been 3 days on the roids and it was at its worst today. I'm basically deaf in my left year the hum is so loud. If my other ear started up like this I couldn't function. In fact I'd rather be deaf, and I'm not joking. My quality of life has plummeted. I'm very worried because I'm not actually convinced it is a virus. I have no balance problems whatsoever, have no other flu symptoms...if it is just a new cruel T progression....I shudder to think... Has anyone experienced anything like this?