Are CT Scans Useful for Finding a Potential Cause for Tinnitus?

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Are CT scans useful for finding a potential cause for tinnitus?

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    1. Bjjwal

      Bjjwal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hi everyone,

      I have had tinnitus for approximately 3 months now. Not sure what caused it, but one morning I woke up with a whooshing sound in my left ear that would get louder as my heart rate increased. After a few days the whooshing sound went away, but has since been replaced by ringing in both ears (two different tones). I have been to an Audiologist - have perfect hearing. MRI came up clear. I did an OAE (Otoacoustic Emissions) and my hair cells are not damaged.

      I am now considering doing a CT scan, as I am really determined to find out what the cause of my tinnitus is. Has anyone managed to find the cause of their tinnitus by getting a CT scan done? What questions should I ask my GP when I talk to him about CT scans?
       
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    2. Exit

      Exit Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      MRI is most useful according to 2 ENTs I've seen.

      No harm in getting a CT.

      I would try physiotherapy.
       
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      Bjjwal

      Bjjwal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      My ENT actually brought up the idea of getting a CT scan to me. Going to see my GP in a week and talk to him about it.
       
    4. Momma28

      Momma28 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Dec 18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I’ve only ever had a MRI for my tinnitus. It would be interesting to see what your CT scan shows should you decide to get one! xx
       
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    5. GregCA
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      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Yup. Otosclerosis (among other clues; it's not "this alone tells me it's Otosclerosis").
       
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      Bjjwal

      Bjjwal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Interesting. Thanks for the information!
       
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      Bjjwal

      Bjjwal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I will make sure to post any findings if I do get one!
       
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    8. GeorgeLG
      Lonely

      GeorgeLG Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Leaf blower after yrs of rock guitar, constr & comp shooting
      A CT scan is a lot of radiation so make sure that it is of diagnostic value.

      George
       
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      Bjjwal

      Bjjwal Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Quick update. I saw my GP and he is referring me to an ENT unit at a nearby hospital.

      It could be a while before I get an appointment, but hopefully something is found.
       
    10. Momma28

      Momma28 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Dec 18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Good luck!
       
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