I have never experienced tinnitus but -- boy Oh boy -- I can relate to the itching!
Both my ears are so itchy. They also feel as if something is draining out of them ... sort of like there is oil slowly draining out. Nothing appears on Q-tips. It drives me nuts!
I also stick things in there just to try to quench the itch (Q-tips, my car keys, my fingernails, LOL)! I know that's not a good thing to do but I can't help it.
So many people have looked in there and said "Nope, no infection." Can an infection go un-noticed?