Suddenly developed tinnitus after a series of emotional shocks of unfathonable probability. One of the shocks was medical in nature and led me to have an MRI of my abdomen. The MRI turned into a somewhat stressful event. After getting out of the MRI machine it was like I was drunk and my ears were ringing at a low frequency similar to what I suppose everyone experiences transiently every now and then. I attributed the drunken feeling to the fact that the breathing detection device that I had to wear in the MRI machine was not working properly. This device was supposed to detect the movement of my chest and abdomen so that the MRI would not take pictures while my chest and abdomen were moving. Since this device was not working well the MRI went for a much longer time than expected and eventually they had me breath real heavy so the device could sense properly. After a while I became rather lightheaded from hyperventilating. So that's what I figured the drunken feeling a n ringing were from when I got ot of the machine. I left and went to work and continued to feel this drunk feeling off and on over the next 2 weeks. I also started feeling an incredibly tense feeling which made me wonder if I was experiencing high blood pressure. I checked my blood pressure and it was way high ( I normally run on the low end of the scale - doctors always told me I had great blood pressure). Anyway after several days of high blood pressure I began to worry and eventually called doctors exchange one night. I could not sleep from the anxiety and worry of what was going on, and the doctor encouraged me to take a Xanax which I had only taken 3 of over the prior year. I fell asleep and woke up about an hour later with my ears screaming. Because of the ringing I could not sleep for more than a couple of hours over the next two nights. I contacted my doctor and said I needed something to sleep. She said take more Xanax. My ears have continued to ring at a very high frequency (about 13000 hz) ever since then. Currently taking Xanax and an antidepressant to deal with it. The Xanax helps reduce the irritation and anxiety that the ringing causes for a couple of hours after I first take it, then I live with the anguish for the next 6 or 7 hours when I take another dose. The antidepressant has elevated my mood and reduced the anxiety somewhat, but has not done anything for the ringing. I'm particularly interested in other peoples experience with tinnitus starting from anxiety or taking drugs like Xanax, or episodes of high blood pressure.