Hi to all, First of all, I would like to thank everybody on this website as I have been reading several posts in the last few weeks. You have given me some hope that it is possible to overcome tinnitus and hyperacusis which have been part of my life for the past 6 weeks. Those have been the worst weeks of my life (to say the least). Second, I would like to thank (in advance) all of you that will take some of your time to read my post and try to answer some of my questions. I need some support as I am very anxious being a young man of 29 years old waiting for his first child to be born. Here is my story. Coming back from a research conference in South Carolina (I'm a French-Canadian from the province of Quebec), I went to a concert in Philadelphia as my plane was overbooked and I needed to stay in the city until the next morning. After the concert, I had "ringing in the ears" but I thought it would go away as usual as it had already happened to me before. I took the plane (with a cold) and when I arrived in Quebec City, I still had the "ringing in the ears" but I thought it would go away and I did not panic yet. After a few days, I started getting anxious reading some posts over the internet about the mighty tinnitus and I went to the doctor. They gave me the usual medications (corticoïds, vasodilatators, antibiotics as my ENT thought I might have a sinusistis). While the "ringing in the ears" got better over time (and I think it is still get better or I'm getting habituated), it is still very bad as I can often hear it over the television and music even if I try really hard not to think about it. I also experienced "fullness in the ears" as my ears seemed to have some problems to find some pressure equilibrium (this seems to be get better also but they keep on popping when I do some exercise to relieve stress and anxiety). On top of that, I'm also experiencing some kind of hyperacusis (especially for high frequencies from background noises such as the fridge, fans, microwaves, neon lights, etc.). I am a language teacher/graduate student and I worked during the last couple of weeks even if it was really hard with all the background noises at the university as I can't afford to stop working since I am waiting for my first child. So, that was my story (sorry for the length, but I thought it would help you to understand the "full story"). Here are my questions: - Regarding hyperacusis, I have been told not to overprotect myself to get used to the sounds again even if it is uncomfortable. I have noticed that my ears seem to be very tired if I expose myself to "high frequency" background noises for extended period (especially when I am teaching) and that my tinnitus seems to be worse at night and the next morning if I do. Should I protect myself if my ears start to get tired and that the noises because really uncomfortable and even painful? Also, I have read on several posts that hyperacusis will fade away with time, so should I continue to try to get "habituated" to the uncomfortable sounds? Finally, should I worry about the baby's cries of my newborn as I am really anxious about that? -Regarding tinnitus, it is not so bad during the day as I am not hearing it while I am busy doing something and not too tired. However, I have some spikes several times a day and I can hear over everything (even over TV and music). Should I expect those spikes to lower over time? -Finally, I have final questions about the AM-101 experimental trial. I have contacted the company as they are doing trials in Quebec city and they told that I am eligible for the study. I'm really willing to "take one for the team" as I'm a researcher and that I want to encourage research on tinnitus. However, I've always been really scared of any "intrusive" medical treatment and getting some "gel" in the ears looks kind of scary to me. I don't want this to worsen my condition as I believe that I might get used to it over time (even it takes a lot of time as several posts on this website gave me some hope). I also would like to know if it would be better to try some other methods (natural supplements, acupuncture, etc.) to lower tinnitus and hyperacusis before trying AM-101? Basically, I would like to know what would you do in my situation? Would you try the AM-101 experimental trial or would you stay away from it and wait to see if tinnitus and hyperacusis are getting better on their own (or with some "usual methods")? I'm "very very" sorry for the long post and thank all of you who will take the time to read it. I waited and reflected a long time before posting it but I really need some support right now. Many posts have been helpful to me on this website and I want to collaborate with you guys. Hope that it may help some other newcomers! Thanks again.