So I finally went to the ENT after 5 months of having Tinnitus. The man had a look into my ears and heard me out, as soon as the word "concert" fell, he was quick to conclude it was "cochlear damage" and there is nothing to do. I probably could have told him a lot about what I read about the hypotheses of Tinnitus etiology in the past 5 months, but I figured I was paying him for a consult and not the other way around. So I played the patient and tried to hear him out about the level of ENT understanding. I was somewhat pleasantly surprised. The man couldn't help me of course, but he did offer me the option of psychological help (which I refused for now, but he said I can always call him directly if I feel the need). No sentences like "just live with it" or "it will never go away" were spoken, and he even mentioned the research and experimental trials going on to remedy this, but quickly added that most of these trials are rather inconclusive; "what works for one, doesn't work for another". He put me on a hearing test and we discussed it afterwards (I attached my audiogram for reference). He took the time to answer any questions I had and concluded with saying "I can't help you for now, for which I'm sorry. Maybe in a few years time I can". I viewed the visit as a rather positive experience. He took the time to discuss my concerns and even spoke some hopeful words regarding ongoing research. He couldn't help me of course, but at least I didn't feel the urge to jump from the window when leaving his office. It felt different from the ENT visit I had in 2010 (during my first bout of T), I was quickly dismissed back then. Maybe some shift is taking place in the field? ... Let's hope so. Did anyone else visit an ENT recently and had a more positive experience? EDIT: Regarding the audiogram, strangely enough there appears to be a small dip in the right ear, while my Tinnitus takes place in the left ear. It could be possible there is hearing loss above 8Khz of course in the left ear, or there is "hidden" hearing loss going on there. I also thought it to be strange that it's at 2Khz, while most noise damage appears at 4 or 6Khz... But well, of course we know how much an audiogram can tell regarding Tinnitus; which isn't much.