Could Intracranial Pressure Cause Tinnitus?

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    1. Ricky81
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      Ricky81 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 14, 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault/Contusion/Ear Infection
      Here are my brain MRI results.. looks like my optic nerve is acting up and there seems to be pressure due to more fluid around brain since I was assault on the head... but over all doc said my brain is healthy.

      What do you think? Could this pressure be the source of my Tinnitus?
      My T is down since past month.. maybe due to NAC pills?

      BRAIN:

      There is bilateral distention of the optic nerve sheaths, with
      flattening of the posterior globes and bulging of the optic nerve
      heads, suggestive of papilledema and elevated intracranial pressure.
      There is also an expanded, partially empty sella. Meckel's caves
      appear slightly prominent.

      Brain parenchyma appears normal. No mass lesion, abnormal
      enhancement, infarction or hemorrhage is identified.

      Ventricles are normal in size.

      Paranasal sinuses and mastoid air cells appear clear.

      IACs:

      Posterior Fossa:
      Brainstem and cerebellum appear unremarkable. No cerebello-pontine
      angle cistern mass.

      A vascular loop of the right anterior inferior cerebellar artery
      slightly enters the right porous acusticus.

      A vascular loop of the left superior cerebellar artery abuts the
      medial cisternal segment of the left trigeminal nerve near the root
      entry zone.

      Temporal Bones:
      Seventh and eighth nerve complexes appear unremarkable, without
      evidence of mass. Otic capsule structures appear normal in signal.
      Mastoid signal within normal limits. No other temporal bone signal
      abnormality is identified.
       
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member

      Location:
      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/1994
      @Ricky81 -

      Elevated intracranial pressure (sometimes called pseudotumor cerebri) can sometimes be a factor in tinnitus, but it deserves attention regardless of whether or not such is the case. My suggestion would be to see a neurologist about effectively addressing your elevated intracranial pressure and consider any resultant tinnitus improvement (if any) to be a bonus.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler
       

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