Hello, my name is Zaur and i am from NYC. I have developed ringing in my ears (i would scale as 6/10) about 4.5 months ago. I dont know what exactly caused this but week prior i got sick (cold/flu) and felt that left side of my face was feeling a bit weird (a bit numb?). I generally think i got sick because i was sleeping under AC for few nights, no other ideas. Then few days later i started experiencing cough and runny nose. on 4th day i started noticing slight ringing but thought its because of headache i had that day and it is normal. on 5th day i felt a bit better but i think ringing was still there, headache persisted and i ringing was still there (i think) but i haven't paid attention to it. I went out with my friend and end up going to a gun range (we worn ear protection, as always) and i haven`t noticed any ringing after a gun range. We were there maybe about 20min and shot few pistols, then repeated. Again, as i said after gun range i haven't noticed any discomfort in my ears/head and etc. Then we went to see few movies and went home. When i got to my apartment, i noticed that ringing that i have in the morning increased and when i tried to lay down in my bed - ringing went crazy, super LOUD. I freaked out, called my friend to get me to ER because i thought i might had a stroke or something. Went to ER and they checked what they could, said i had high blood pressure and gave me IV. My friend is massage therapist (well he is in school) and while we were sitting in ER and waiting for me to "soak" in the IV he said i have tight neck muscles. He massaged them a bit and then grabbed my trap muscles and asked to move my head left/right. When i moved my head ringing was same however i felt discomfort in my eyes. Anyway, they discharged me after 3 hours and my buddy dropped me off. Next day i had craaazzy headache, pain in my left eye and of course ringing in my head. Within next few days i noticed something flying in my vision...looked like a bunch of flies. After washing my face and looking at white wall in my shower - i was terrified, i saw eye floaters in both of my eyes. Cold/flu - whatever it was in my body for next 1.5 moths...i went to my doctor only after two weeks when none of this was not resolving. He checked me, did blood work and said it will all go away. Since my vision has changed i was told to see eye doctor which told me that floaters are normal and my vision needs a little correction now. I expressed my facial numbness (left side only, which mostly went away) to him as well and he asked me to get MRI because it sounded like MS to him. Well, MRI came out clean (no contrast though, it is not needed for MS diagnosis). I then went to ENT - he said nothing can we done and i have to get used to this condition. Got checked by neurologists and they have tested my hearing - no hearing loss within ranges they test (one test was up to 12500). Just recently i went to another ENT (reputable place in Manhattan) and they did test my hearing too, no loss as well. I have explained to him what is going on and he gave me Prednisone to see if it will do anything. Interesting to know that he has tinnitus too (he hears crickets) and said that unfortunately there is not much in research filed for tinnitus... ordered me to see him in two weeks though. Right now, 4.5 months in - i cannot "habituate". Ringing is all i hear and it is so stressful. For all this time i haven`t had a moment of silence nor anxiety free. This is totally ruining my life. I am hard working guy and young (26 years old). My work (IT) requires constant knowledge refresh and i have to be on top of technology to get things done. Tinnitus is not allowing me to do so. Masking does not always work, not even on busy streets some times, however i enjoy walking in Manhattan because random noises mask my T somewhat. What should i do ? There is no joy in life for me anymore, i am just trying to make it through the day. Thanks, Zaur.