Hi I developed tinnitus around 5 weeks ago. Initially my GP thought it and the loss of hearing in my left ear were linked to a blocked eustachian tube after a cold on holiday, but after a hearing test it was clear I had lost most of my hearing in my left ear. I've had an MRI and await a follow up appointment next week, but have been told I could have nerve damage due to a virus as there seems to be no other obvious causes at the moment. I have had a long stressful year previously, and I do wonder if it has been involved. Sucks that something so invasive has not already got a medical cure and that by the time I was directed to a private ENT, the window for taking steroids effectively had pretty much disappeared. I've seen some positive comments on the internet about habituation, but also some horror stories and I can't help but feel that the latter feed into peoples anxiety and exacerbate the problem. I remember hearing a story years ago about someone who committed suicide due to tinnitus, and I think that is lurking at the back of my mind, winding me up! Any positive stories would be very much appreciated.