I'm 33 years old. On 11/30/08, I woke up with a ringing in my left ear that hasn't left since. It came out of nowhere, for no reason. It is constant and VERY annoying, and I've been to several ENTs who have yet to give me any real positive news. There was one who told me that my left eardrum didn't move well because there was fluid behind the ear. Another doctor said that the "left eardrum has an oblique angle and the umbo is not clearly visible." But most end up saying that there's nothing that can be done.
Over the past weekend, I developed the WORST COLD I'VE EVER HAD. I saw yet another ENT doctor two days ago (4/13/09), who told me that my left ear drum is now "as red as a cherry." He prescribed Amoxicillin, though he said that my current ear infection and my tinnitus have nothing to do with each other. According to him, it's just a coincidence that they're both in the same ear.
Can someone out there please shed some light on this for me? What is going on with my left ear? Is there anything I can do (based on my symptoms since the tinnitus started) to make the tinnitus go away? Please help!