Tomorrow will be two weeks that I have had Tinnitus. I am 56 yrs old, occasionally attend live music events, and have been exposed to loud things on occasion, the Tinnitus started in my left ear at 9pm sitting on my couch watching quiet television. A few days later I went to a doctor because I suspected a clogged eustacian tube, because that ear seems to clog up easier and I had swimmers ear about 18 months ago in it. My primary care physician thought that it looked a bit swollen and I was given a steroid shot, and an expensive prescription inhaler for allergies. 5 days later there was no improvement so I went to an ENT last week. The hearing test showed normal hearing in my right ear and only slight hearing loss in my left ear at one high frequency - my estimate is maybe at 8000-9000. They were unimpressed with the hearing loss. Because I mentioned a clogged feeling ear and because it is unilateral T they ordered an MRI with and without contrast which I will probably get this week to rule out "a benign tumor". (I freak out a bit with MRI's and will probably opt for a valium for this one.) The ENT also gave me a 5 day, 40 mg per day oral steroid. I took the last today and it hasn't seemed to do anything. When I was filling my prescription the owner of the pharmacy asked if I had any dizziness and I told him no - he then shared with me that he has had Menieres disease since 2001. So I am very concerned and worried as I know everyone was at this stage. Do I have a tumor? Am I developing Meneires? Will this T ever end? This morning I woke up and for about 15 minutes my ringing was down about 50%, but as the day progressed it got louder. It seems that it is loudest for me in the evenings. Tonight I am feeling a bit like it is spreading to my right ear too - but who knows?? Do my symptoms sound common for any of these diseases or does it sound like regular T? One thing is for sure - without experiencing this firsthand I don't think anyone could realize what it's like and I have a new respect and admiration for people that suffer from it.