I have always had slight bit of tinnitus. But it tampered up a few weeks ago to unbearable levels. I had a bought of anxiety and had tries BuSpar, but stopped it after a few days. I have also been taking gabapentin for nerve pain for about six to seven weeks 300mgs three times daily. I also used Ativan (lorazepam) from July to the beginning of this month .5 mgs daily, but stopped because of the addictive nature. I am scared....could the gabapentin cause this? If I go off might it stop, or ease up??! I feel so alone. At 39 years old I have always had a low tinnitus, ringing. It never bothered me. But a few weeks ago I developed this awful screeching.24/7. I went to an audiologist last week who did a hearing test and it came back as just slight hearing loss. All he offered me was it was probably medication caused and told me to download some apps and sent me on my way. I had been on Ativan half a mg daily from this past July to Oct.7, and quit cold turkey. Tried BuSpar for a few days, stopped. Now an on gabapentin 300 mg twice daily and metformin for diabetes. I am a wife and mom...I hate this. I can't function. I have no health insurance, so the test and trip to the audiologist was expensive and I am pretty sure the apps were the best he knew I could afford. But I can't do this any more. The screeching sometimes gets so loud it makes my ears hurt. All I can do is go in a room by myself and cry. Please, if anyone has walked in my shoes where they are lower income and helpless feeling...what did you do to come to terms with it? I also feel like the medication thing was a blow off since I have pulsing or twitching in my right temple and above my ear there where the screeching is the loudest in my ear. Just need encouragement...I have posted a few times with no replies. Thanks.