Hello good people! My name is Roy, I am 30 y/o and I need your help I got an idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss and Tinnitus just 3 weeks ago. I went to my GP, she misdiagnosed me but also sent me to an ENT Doctor. I chose to go to a specialist, he is the head of division of ENT in a major hospital in my country. He sent me to an audiology test. I had some hearing losses on some ranges on both ears but mostly on the left ear. I got back to the Doctor. he put me on steroids for a week. (starting 11 days after the hearing loss, tinnitus started after about 8 days from the hearing loss) I did an audiology test again and Hurray! Hearing got much better. almost like an ordinary hearing, although my ears still feels a little stuffed. so I was extremely happy to have most of my hearing back. I could feel it even before the second test. the Doctor said that my case looks typical to noise damage. I do play music and musical instruments but have always been conscience and sane about volume levels. I guess it has no rules. but.. The Tinnitus didn't go away (yet?). yesterday was the last day on the steroids, the Doc said there is nothing else to do because the hearing is back and the steroids treatment is for getting the hearing back and that The Tinnitus is a secondary symptom which might stay or leave but I should start "to learn to live with it" and that it's not a disaster or a disability. I asked about other treatments like Vitamins and other supplements, He said that it was all tried for recovering the hearing loss but I don't even need it now cause I got my hearing back but even though, he said that no method but steroids alone has shown significant success in trials and that is what they needed to see to make a method a conventional medical treatment. not supplements or Hyperbaric oxygen chamber or any other treatments were proved to work and doctors can't rely on personal hunches, they need to follow facts or else they won't be doctors. I also feel things happen in my ears. the Doctor said my pathology is active. which means stuff happens over there and if it wasn't for that the steroids might had less chance to work. I have made a lot of research about supplements that were used to try to cure ISSHL and found out many substances that have been found to have some benefit while given together with steroids over steroids alone. when I've asked the Doctor about what will happen if I'll try to take all of those for a while to treat the tinnitus while it's young, he said there is no point because there are no facts and I should leave it. so I asked him if it can do any harm, he said that even the "natural" supplements could have major impacts over our bodies, and no one knows how one body will react to any substance and if something goes wrong doctors won't be sure how to fix it in the contrary to a medicine that they give which they know a lot about. So as I said, I am very happy I got my hearing back but since today which is the first day with out the steroids (predinsone) the Tinnitus is going wild in my head! and it's driving me crazy! it's going up and down in pitch and in volume like a siren or a radio out of tune (but on very high frequencies around 8000hz). I also have some clicks sometimes, and sometimes some little cramps like feeling. all of that happens only on the left ear. the right ear is about fine. I want to know I am doing anything I can to try to kill it while it's young (even tough I am not sure it is possible.) I have asked the doctor about taking more of the steroids to make sure they'll help by a 100% but he said there was a reason that the accepted duration for taking the steroids is 7 days and that it has been tested to get to that fact, as they will not let someone stop the taking the medication even if the symptoms had passed after 3 days, they will also won't let no one take it for more than what they think is the optimal duration (7 days) although I read that on some cases steroids were given for up to 14 days (sure that is not good for the rest of the body). and intratympanic injections of steroids is out of the question too since I got my hearing back. so right now, I am thinking, what can I do to try to stop the Tinnitus while it's young? should I do anything else? should I go in to this "anti-oxidant" route I've seen mentioned here on the forum? from all the researches I've read about ISSHL I've found that there was a benefit for those who were given each of any of these following supplements with steroids compared to steroids alone, but again, this was all for recovering the hearing loss, and I got most of my hearing back. should I take this "crazy" list of substances for a while to try to fight the new born Tinnitus? I wish to know what you people know about the birth of the tinnitus and if there is anybody with experience giving the Tinnitus a fight right after its birth? would you take all or some of these supplements for about month just to make sure? should I risk it? any help will be greatly appreciated. Roy.