I've had tinnitus since I was in first grade. At times I have balance problems, vertigo, mostly caused by meds-acetaminophen simulates an inner ear infection-which I've had. The navy said that I had diver's ear. I also surfed, and liked to do laps beyond the surf-swimming parallel to the beach. Does anybody know what diver's and surfer's ear problems turn into as a person ages? I also have had lots of ear abscesses, the sinus surgeries, the smaller bronchi caused by this life style- but it was fun-