I just finished practical nursing school and am studying for my boards. I developed tinnitus two weeks after I finished the program. I can drown out the noise most of the time but sometimes it's very hard to concentrate. I cried my eyes out Sunday morning, it got to me so badly. I'm worried I'll end up on disability instead of pursuring a nursing career. I've been to my PCP who said I had swimmer's ear and put me on antibiotic/steroid ear drops last evening. I also started taking an old Celebrex prescription to try to knock out any inflammation. It seems to be a softer high pitched eeeeee now but I'm scared to death it will come back full force once I stop the ear drops and Celebres. My hearing hasn't changed since this happened. I had some hearing loss in this ear before this happened. I hadn't taken any new meds right before it happened. Was dunked in the water when I fell off a jet ski and water went up my nose. I had a virus just before it happened. Also had a fall on my rump when a chair broke.... yes, I heard someone saying on another forum that theirs started after a fall. Who knows. I'm having what feels like the beginning of a panic attack this evening. Has anyone been able to live with this and work as a nurse?