Hi, I've posted a few things but thought I'd do an intro here. I've had T for about 11 years now. I first got it from going to too many clubs and listening to music using headphones too loud. All that hearing damage added up. My T started after going out to a loud bar one night. I eventually habituated to it, and the intensity did go down (or at least my perception of it went down). I went to tons of ENTs, and no one could make it go away. But I learned to live with it, and after some time only noticed it if I was in a quiet room and listened for it. Since then, I've always been VERY careful about exposing myself to loud sounds. I avoid concerts and anywhere that I know will have a lot of amplified sound. If I know the decibel level will be too much even with ear plugs. I just stay away. It's not worth it. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. I went to see my doctor about a health issue and they found out I had UTI even though I had no symptoms. Doctor prescribed Cipro 3 times daily with each dose being 275 mg. I'd taken it before so didn't think it would be a big deal to take it again. I've taken several rounds of antibiotics over the last few years, and I believe each time they did some damage to my ears that has built up, and this was my ear's way of telling me they were at their breaking point. After the first dose, my ears felt stuffed up the following day. I kept trying to pop my ears. After the second dose I noticed a big increase in my T just a few hours taking it. The sound of the T was the same, but the volume was just louder. A whole host of other side effects hit me, and I stopped taking the drug. After a week, the volume seemed to go down a little bit. The doctor then had me try Augmentin which I had read was much more easy on the ears. After one pill of 625 mg my T spiked again and was louder than the spike with the Cipro and much higher pitched. It's not quite a pure tone but sounds more like a tea kettle whistling in the background. That happened this past Saturday, and the T has not subsided since then. After the Augmentin incident, I totally panicked again and then sunk down to a low I haven't felt since I first got T 11 years ago. I feel like after reading posts here, I have more hope. But I worry about the future and what will happen I will need antibiotics again. So here are the next steps for me... 1) I went back to the doctor for one more UTI test to see if the few antibiotics cleared up the infection. I have only very mild, transient symptoms of UTI at this point. Still awaiting results. 2) I'm going to see an ENT tomorrow and ask about taking Prednisone. After reading some posts on here, it seems like that could reduce the severity of the tinnitus. However, I worry about taking it if I have UTI. Will probably have to wait for the infection to clear or I could make things worse . 3) I'm going to a Chinese herbal medicine place over the weekend to see what they can do, mainly to see if there's an alternative to treating my UTI since I want to avoid antibiotics. Will also ask to see if they can do anything to reduce the intensity of my T. At this point, I'm exploring all options. So, that's my story. Sorry it's long, but I wanted to spell everything in case others have had a similar experience. Will post updates so people can see any progress I make.