Hello everyone. I created an account here because I'm quite worried about my left ear that has been ringing for a week and three days now due to an ear infection - or rather an eustachian tube dysfunction caused by the infection (I think). I guess I should be as thorough as possible when explaining my situation so I'll start by telling a bit about me: I am a 19-year-old boy and my hearing has always been quite good even though I have attended many concerts/gigs and listened to loud music a lot (especially in the last few years). I have not worn earplugs to most concerts, but I don't think that has really caused any problems to be honest. Not sure if this information was relevant to my situation, but anyways. Without further ado... On February 25th this year, on my nineteenth birthday, I was feeling a bit sick, like I was coming down with a cold or something. Despite feeling a bit under the weather I had already made plans for the evening with my friends and I was going to stick to those plans so I went to a bar with them that night anyways. I knew I was going to be sick when we left the bar and what do you know, next day I had lost my voice and I had a real bad flu. Anyways, what I had was laryngitis and the bastard lasted for a whole month, all the way till March 29th. I did not go see a doctor about it since I was 100% sure it was laryngitis and there really isn't an instant cure for that so I figured I'd just wait it out. My voice was very wheezy and almost entirely gone for around three weeks and it sucked really bad. Anyways, when that finally passed I was well for around a month and then on April 22nd or 23rd I realized that I was - once again - sick with something. Swallowing felt a bit strange and I was feeling a bit feverish, the following days my throat hurt even more, I had an on-and-off fever (this is where "T" comes in I guess) and my ear was hurting a bit. I was mostly concerned about my throat because it was pretty painful to drink and eat, especially when I had just woken up/hadn't drunk water in a while. I was pretty stuffy and I sneezed and tried to cough/spit up mucus(?) frequently but all this thankfully went away in a few days, the ear, however, was now hurting a bit. So, finally onto the ear itself... I scheduled a (normal) doctor appointment for April 26th because my ear felt all locked up. Before the appointment, I took a shower and I think a bit of water went into my left ear and I noticed the ear started ringing (disclaimer: I'm not sure if the water actually caused all this, probably not honestly) but I think the water came out though, at least I recall something dripping out of my ear before I went to see the doctor. Anyways, when I went to see the doctor he said it was definitely an ear infection and quite a bad one at that - he was even a bit surprised when I said my ear wasn't really hurting, ha - and he prescribed me amoxicillin for a week (the antibiotic itself was called Amorion 500mg if that is important, probably not but anyways) as well as some medicine that helped with congestion (called Duact). The fever as well as the throat pain were completely gone after I had finished the antibiotics, but my ear was still blocked and the damn ringing was still present. I went to see the same doctor today, on May 9th, and he said my ear was looking a lot better and the infection was pretty much gone (great!), but the eustachian tube was still blocked up (or something like that) because of some liquid that's stuck behind the eardrum in the middle ear. I asked him about the possibility of the tinnitus being permanent and how long it could last and he said that it's common for this type of tinnitus (as in tinnitus caused by an ear infection) to last many weeks which wasn't exactly a relief to hear, but right now I'm just hoping this isn't permanent. He said that if the ringing is still there in early June I should go see an ENT doctor. So, that's about it I think, I might have forgotten something but I think you can get the gist of my case from that. I've been feeling a bit down because of the constant ringing, but I can ignore it almost completely at times. I try not to think about it too much. It's hard to describe the noise, but it's kind of like a quiet, high-frequency "white noise" type of sound and, like I said, I can only hear it in my left ear, my right ear is all fine and dandy. Does anyone have any general tips and/or possible remedies for this situation? I read that yawning, chewing and swallowing can help with the ETD. Thank you for reading!