Hi there! I'm a 21 year old female who has been experiencing ringing/hissing in my ears for the past week. Two weeks ago, I was having vertigo (becoming dizzy when I moved my head rapidly/when I was lying down). One week ago, I contracted a cold/flu that took me off of my feet for a few days; however, I wasn't quite stuffy in my nose, but did have a sore throat. I have a bit of left over congestion in my throat and nose. I recovered from the cold/flu fully last weekend, and started noticing the ringing/hissing on Monday evening. I visited urgent care and was told that- as I suspected- there might be something going on in my inner ear that may be worked out in the next weeks on it's own. However, the tinnitus is quite distracting and is all that I can focus on when I'm in a quiet room. I am very afraid that this ringing/hissing will be chronic. Of course, I do have OCD, too. I went off of Prozac 2 months ago and have been doing a good job in managing my anxiety. BUT, even though I've done a lot of work on managing my anxiety and obsessing thinking, I'm still really scared that (1) I have chronic tinnitus and (2) tinnitus will worsen and ruin silence for the rest of my life. Regarding the OCD, I have considered that when I first noticed the ringing/hissing, I was just being hyperaware of my body and continually focusing on ringing/hissing that has always been there (since I was young). Isn't it normal to have some ringing/hissing/staticky sounds in your ears? Plus, the tinnitus is only distracting when I focus on it- not so much when I'm occupied/sufficiently distracted. I'm really in need of a second opinion! Also, when ought I visit an ENT if this continues?