Hi everyone. My tinnitus has spiked massively recently following an ear infection. It has steadily got worse over the past 2 weeks. It seems to get worse when hearing loudish sounds as well. I’ve been so panicky over the last few days, barely getting any sleep (despite using white noise sounds) and having severe panic attacks and feelings of hopelessness. I keep telling myself that it wlll get better and pass, but I’m terrified that I’m stuck like this forever. I’m now worried it’s going to affect my work and social life, such is it’s intrusiveness. My family keeps trying to reassure me but since they’ve never had it, they can’t relate.
I’ve been to the doctor’s today and they’ve prescribed me some Mirtazapine to help me sleep and combat some of the anxiety symptoms. I’m trying not to moan about this but it’s the worst I’ve ever felt with the condition. Will it get better? Either through habituation or the natural course of things? I’m at such a low ebb. Sometimes I can’t see a way forward, but I’m reaching out because everyone on here is so kind and supportive and I feel it’s the only place I am fully understood.