Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum and I'm hoping that you can give me some reassurance. I've already read a lot of posts before joining which sound so much like my story ... I guess it's sensible words and advice I'm after really. At the moment I'm in a downward depression thanks to an ear infection. I'm menacing my doctor regularly to check this. The swelling on the eardrum has gone down but it's still red and angry. I was deaf for a week and now I can hear again, but I have an awful distorted booming vibration which comes on for about 12 hours, then it goes, then it comes back ... It kind of goes whir, whir, whir and feels like it's moving about if I nod my head. Is this fluid pressing against my eardrum? Is this causing the distortion? It's so loud, I don't think any amount of CBT or counselling will help me deal with it. It's not a whistling or whooshing sound, its more like an electricity sub-station humming/buzzing, or a plane flying overhead, and is louder than normal every day sounds. The one shred of hope I'm clinging on to is that it's the infection that's caused this (through me being stupid and over-doing it with decongestant sprays) and that it will go in time. I had this 7 years ago and it lasted 6 months, I was so unhappy. Ended up on prednisalone and the buzzing gradually went away after 2 lots. I live in fear of my ears going wrong. I know it's not life threatening but I lose my sanity, I'm frightened, I'm depressed, and an irrational fear takes over. I'm 43 and have suffered from ear infections my whole life. I really hope there's light at the end of the tunnel. Trying to be positive but very hard as everything is clouded and dark Has anyone else experienced this? How did you deal with it?