As a doctor who has tinnitus and treats patients with tinnitus, I posted this as a reply to an ongoing thread which had several T patients blaming doctors for their tinnitus: "Clearly, some people don't want to give up what they strongly believe but let's look at the logical conclusion of their position: If all these drugs are ototoxic and tinnitus can occur with both short-term or long-term use, doctors should stop prescribing all these drugs - now what? I would like to hear what is the alternative to antibiotics, antidepressants, cardiac and blood pressure medications. anticonvulsants, anti-cancer drugs, etc......... Doctors don't go and kidnap people and force them to take medications. People come to see doctors because they are in distress or discomfort and want treatment. We do the best we can given the knowledge we have. Benefit has always got to be weighed against side-effects. I always discuss potential risks with my patients but who really knows how to evaluate a 1.2% or 0.4% or 4% risk of any given side-effect? I have significant bilateral tinnitus and have to take a medication for a medical disorder and this medication has a 2% chance of causing/worsening tinnitus (according to the FDA). Not taking this medication could lead to my sudden demise....what should I do?" So, let's have at it !!