John, could you please elaborate on the virus being more active "for a time"? This period most likely varies a lot between individuals but what intervals have been reported to you? I ask because when I started taking valtrex, I actually woke up the next morning w/o the low-frequency tinnitus in my bad ear and over the course of 5 days, my hearing actually recovered to normal levels, at least in the low-frequency range. Another 5 days later, though, my hearing started to fade away again and after about another week it dropped to being even a bit worse than before starting with valtrex. Some time around that point I even additionally started with lysine. Still, for about a month now I'm struggling with increased symptoms like daily series of small vertigo attacks, prolonged dizziness and even additional tinnitus in my better ear of a kind I never had before. Unfortunately, your post also suggested that at least in some cases, symptoms won't subside again so I'd like to get an idea when to give up, especially as the prescribing physician is getting nervous about me being on valtrex for such a long time (as you probably know, normally one would only take a high dose for at most a week).