Acoustic Reflex Measurement

Discussion in 'Support' started by Amelia, Mar 17, 2014.

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    1. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      I had this done this morning and I'm now freaking that is going to spike/make my T permanently worse. Gosh it was so loud it was almost painful.

      Anyone had one of these tests with no effect to their T?
       
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    2. Maithe Marshall
      Gloomy

      Maithe Marshall Member

      Location:
      New Mexico
      Tinnitus Since:
      Last week.
      What kind of test is this? And I'm sorry that you had a spike it should go down. I had a spike today to and didn't have a good day. :(
       
    3. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Measures your acoustic reflexes :)
       
    4. cullenbohannon
      Thinking

      cullenbohannon Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2014
      Was there a spike? Or are you worried about having one.
       
    5. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Edited to say / now I'm home, yeah - seems louder :(
       
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    6. cullenbohannon
      Thinking

      cullenbohannon Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/2014
      I think you'll be fine if you have not yet. Try not to stress you might male yourself thinl you have one if you focus on it to much.
       
    7. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      How did you do on the test?
       
    8. here2help

      here2help Member

      Amelia, the test you took measures the way two tiny muscles in the ear, the stapedius and the tensor tympani, contract following the presentation of loud sound. Your ears (and the ears of anyone with tinnitus) are built to withstand hearing a loud sound for a short time. The test will not permanently impact your tinnitus. Hang in there. You will be fine.

      here2help
       
    9. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      On the lower end of normal, which she said would indicate some EDT ... But she had a lot of trouble getting the ear plug into my ear (even tried the child size)

      I really appreciate that :) thank you for explaining it
       
    10. Neenie
      Depressed

      Neenie Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2013
      DW! The ART are specifically designed to stop at 105dB (in Australia anyway) and if your acoustic reflexes are normal, which im sure they are, they'd respond at around 90dB. It's nothing that'll give you tinnitus promise. And if you are experiencing a spike it is likely it is just caused by anxiety. I don't mean to minimise what you're saying, but try to chill out. Even if it does seem louder, it wont last. There's no way an audiological test would ever be designed to give you NIHL or tinnitus!!!
       
    11. Johno
      Dreaming

      Johno Member

      Location:
      Slovakia
      Tinnitus Since:
      6/07/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      I know this test, i dont like it. It spikes my T for several hours, maybe day, but then it went back to its "normal chronic volume"
       
    12. Kerry H
      Balanced

      Kerry H Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago, IL
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      I've not had the Acoustic Reflex Measurement test, but I have recently had an Auditory Brain Response test (ABR). It was a series of very loud continuous clicks in both ears. I was so scared that it was going to permanently increase my T, I was about to tell them to stop the test. They told me to just sit back and relax, but that was very difficult. Good news is that once I left, I didn't notice any increase in T.

      Anyway, like Neenie said I'm sure these tests are designed to be safe, even for those with T. It is scary though, I know.
       
    13. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Thank Hun! I asked the audiologist if it would increase my T, and she said. I, but "T is all about perception anyway" which didn't give me the greatest confidence!
       
    14. Amelia
      Daring

      Amelia Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2013
      Sounds similar .... Although mine weren't clicks they were high pitched T like noises. So horrible!
       

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