Hello my name is Irene Whalen, I am new member to this forum, I posted my story on wrong forum instead of here. I joined this site some time ago but really was hesitant to post until I was ready to give people hope, today is the day. On 10/17/15 I had a choking incident about 4 pm which required my husband to do the Heimlich maneuver. Two hours later I was speaking to my mom on the phone on right ear and them moved it to my left ear and her voice was fading I moved phone to right ear and could Hear fine but moved to left ear and again could not hear well. On Sunday 10/18 I woke up in the morning with the room spinning and complete hearing loss in left ear. I started to get a little worried, the hearing loss was one thing but the vertigo was more scary. I told my husband I was scared but noticed vertigo was more so when laying down. I drove myself to urgent care where the dr diagnosed me with sudden sensoneural hearing loss SSHL. I had never heard of this, immediately the Dr. gave me a steroid shot and a Medrol dose pack. He recommended I go to ER in the medical center, see Houston has the best medical care so surely I could get some answers. After going to ER and getting CT scan I was told it was not due to stroke or tumor and was told told to followup with and ENT. I did just that and after MRI again was told it was SSHL, the dr explained to me that in some cases I had 50% chance of getting some hearing back but could take a year to know. Well I left the Drs office scared, hopeless and desperate. See with the SSHL came a loud hissing, high pitch tinnitus so loud that it over powered my ability to hear with my right ear the ENT had told me there was nothing I could do for the T. I am still unsure if the choking incident had anything to do with what happened to me or it was just coincidental. Well the days to follow became filled with the constant need to find out more, I was consumed with looking up treatment for T on the Internet. What I discovered is there was so much doom and gloom which filled me with anxiety, I felt like I was going to lose my mind and I was desperate for answers or a cure. I could not focus on anything else but the ringing and it was on a scale of 1-10 a 10!! I wouldn't leave my house . I could barely leave my room, my whole body was shaking uncontrollably -I guess it was my nerves and I started to have panic attacks when daylight would come. I have a huge support system in my husband, kids, family and friends but NO ONE could even come close to knowing what I was going through, on the outside all looked fine. Desperate times call for desperate faith I was in a pit and 3 weeks in found myself 15 pounds lighter and having a nervous breakdown, I prayed and prayed non stop I pleaded for some relief I put my sole focus on a scripture Isaiah 41:10. I then made the decision to get on anxiety meds and depression meds, this definitely has helped since I no longer have the shakes nor anxiety. I promised myself to stay off the internet reading doom and gloom about T. Then one day my son told me mom, I found you a positive website and he loaded the TinnitusTalk App for me. I admit I was so afraid to get on the forum simply because I thought I was more of the same ol' stuff. Well today I have to tell you that although I still have T but I am finally starting to habituate, all those times I heard the word habituate I never thought it could happen. I have regained some of my hearing in left ear but still have no high frequency hearing along with the Loud T. What has changed ? Well the tinnitus has not lessened but how I perceive the tinnitus and life has changed. My motto has always been "live in the moment" I made the decision that not only would I stay off negative website, I refused to let T control me. I realize its a sound and although annoying as heck I love my family and life too much to stop living. As I sit here and type this I'm in my quiet bedroom and I can hear the T but I'M NOT FOCUSED ON IT. What I want to say to all of you that have recently acquired T is Don't give up you have to have faith and hope you will get better. I have been in that dark pit feeling hopeless but take in one day at a time "live in the moment" don't think negative thoughts like "oh my gosh I can't live with this the rest of my life, or any other negative thoughts. I go to bed every night and wake up every day thanking God for my heartbeat. Don't downplay what you are going through (example: it could be Cancer , or MS) although it is not Cancer it is still traumatic and you have to face it. One thing I have learned is that this has made me stronger and I want to be the light for those that are new to this or going through what I went through. One thing I notice about my T is for weeks it had been a relentless high frequency hissing, whistling sound but I notice lately sometimes it stops for a second or two and starts again. I remain hopeful that one day it will go away completely but for now I'm gonna keep living and loving life. I will never stop praying for a cure.. ️Hugs to all.