Hello, I would appreciate any help. I'm recovering from a severe head cold. I have blocked ears / muffled hearing (6 days) and intense tinnitus (past 3days) The left ear is the most problematic. I can't sleep at night... I visited the ENT (too late?) and he checked my throat, cleaned my ears (it kinda hurt on one side) and did a tympanogram test. He said it is a viral infection and that there is no fluid. The tympanometry results were different for each ear but "normal" type A. He prescribed an antihistamine (bilastine), an anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen) and a nasal spray (budesodine). Both medications list tinnitus as a side effect and the topical is well... a steroid! So I haven't began taking or using any of it just yet... What do you think? Also, could this be permanent? I'm so scared Thank you.