Ringing in left ear after ear infection.

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Greetings all. About two weeks ago I had an ear infection. I am a swimmer and I shoot at a firing range. Well, I didn't know I had the infection and went shooting. I had double ear protection on, the inner ear sponges and ourter ear muffs. After the session I noticed the ringing in my left ear. I went to the doctor the next day and they found a mess of bacteria and redness in my ear. I used ear drops (cortisporin otic) to clear up the infection, but the ringing persists. I cough up phlegm, I have overly watery eyes, and I sneeze and my left ear will not pop. I sometimes feel dizzy when I get up in the morning. The latest exam by the emergency room doc shows I have no blockage and all looks well, but I have scheduled an auditory exam and will see the ENT doctor shortly, hopefully. At present I'm trying to find a way to cope with this. I don't know if it's temporatry or not since I've dealt with the ringing over the years and it generally silences after a few minutes or so.  I'm tired and concerned.

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    Hi. Im currently dealing with tinnitus too. It started due to a viral inner ear infection. Its been a month for me. The start of it turned me in a mess. I wasn’t sleeping, eating or living. I have noticed it fading slowly once i got my anxiety under control. I have my appointment with my ENT on Wednesday to get it all checked out and to get a better look at it as my GP was useless in terms of explaining and treatment. My advice would be to just relax and dont let anxiety take over. It will make it sound worse. Mask it and don’t listen to it. All day. I usually have waterfall sounds on beside me all day and even at night. I ignore it to avoid it from spiking up my anxiety. Protect your ears and dont let water get inside of them. They say tinnitus usually clears up after the infection goes away and ears take a while to heal. I spoke to alot of people who have had the same issue and they said their tinnitus cleared up after a few months. Now it all depends on how loud it is and if it has damaged your hearing. Even though , it can still go. Hold on to hope. Stay positive. Im hoping mine goes away soon. 
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