My sister (70 years old) went to bed one night a month ago with her hearing perfectly normal and the next morning woke up almost totally deaf of the left ear. She went to the otolaryngologist the following day and by his recommentations did a head scanner and other tests which yielded an irreversible 50% deafness. She asked for a second opinion which confirmed the diagnosis. She then started having a very strong and invalidating tinnitus that is driving her crazy, to the point of not wanting to do anything and saying that life is not worthwhile to be lived this way. She does not know what to do. I would appreciate comments, opinions, anything please, she is desperate.