Hello everyone, My name is Branko, I've had tinnitus for about a week now. It all stated about 3 weeks ago when i felt a soreness in my throat. I was taking some echinacea to fight it off and it started to subside after a few days until one day at work, my ear almost popped closed (if that makes sense). It was immediately plugged and a little sore so i went to the walk in clinic after work. The doctor explained to me that the cold i seemed to be fighting off made its way to my ear and had caused an infection. He prescribed me some anti-biotics and painkillers as well as some ear drops. I have had an ear infection about two years prior to this and was prescribed the exact same medicine and it healed fine so i thought nothing of it really. The medication was: azithromycin - 250 mg ciprofloxacin - small bottle ibuprofen - 600 mg After taking the medication for two days everything seemed to be going as i thought it would be until friday morning August 1st. I woke up that morning with ringing in my left ear where i had the infection. It hasn't gone away since. I went back to the walk in clinic to see the same doctor, he told me i had Tinnitus and he set me up an appointment for an ENT. I just came back from the ENT today, we did a hearing test (no signs of hearing loss), then she used the laryngoscope and otoscope and was able to tell me that there was still some fluid behind the ear drum and thats what is probably causing the T, although she couldn't be totally sure because there are lots of things that cause T. She told me the T could last up to 3-4 months, maybe longer and prescribed me two Nasal sprays to help drain the fluid. This medication was: Apo-mometasone - small bottle Hydra sense Gentle mist - 135 ml I am trying to remain optimistic about this whole situation but this is really hard for me. This T has already started to greatly affect my life. My sleeping, my relationship, my job and just enjoying life all together. I know the ENT said it would dissipate in around three to four months but i simply cannot have it be any longer then that. It is all i hear all the time and Im starting to feel like its controlling my life and its only been a week! I work in the trades and am very cautious when using machinery. I always wear earplugs when necessary. Same goes for playing music as i am a musician and always wear hearing protection when practicing and playings shows. I take good care of my body and I'm not sure why this T is happening.. When I had that ear infection a few years ago, it all cleared up fairly quickly, using the exact same medicine and there was never any T. I apologize for the rant and long entry but Im sure you can all understand where Im coning from, being new to this and all. But my main worry is that everything i seem to read about tinnitus seems to point in the direction that it is usually permanent. All the personal experiences I have read about people with the same situation as me just say that it has not gone away but they cope with it. Im just very confused and anxious along with some other emotions and any advice right now would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading.