Finally Figured Out What I Actually Got Tinnitus From (Acoustic Reflex Test)

Discussion in 'Support' started by Tim Hogan, Sep 26, 2016.

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    1. Tim Hogan

      Tim Hogan Member

      UK, England
      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold/Flu (Minor) >>> Botched Acoustic Reflex Test (Severe)
      So for the past 4 Months ive been in disbelief that i got Severe Tinnitus from a Tympanometry which many people say is almost impossible.

      What it actually was is the Acoustic Reflex Test, what device they used was a 2 in 1 they did both tests at the same time.

      This is from the Manual they give to Medical Students about using ART (If ur about to have a hearing test u may wanna give it a read)

      Commercially available diagnostic bridges for testing ARTs are capable of producing high intensity stimuli (e.g., 120 dB HL and higher) and there is documentation in the literature that ART testing can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus (e.g. Hunter, Ries, Schlauch, Levine, & Ward, 2000). Although some authors have recommended a maximum presentation level of 110 dB SPL (Wilson & Margolis, 1999), there are no standards for safe presentation levels for pure tone stimuli. OSHA (1983) recommends a limit of 115 dBA for brief duration noise, but a pure tone results in a greater amount of energy concentrated over a smaller area of the basilar membrane compared with noise. In addition, some individuals are uniquely sensitive to the effects of loud sound. Therefore, clinicians should exercise caution in the presentation of loud sounds as well as be familiar with the literature in this regard.

      I suggest anyone with Tinnitus or any kind forgo this test unless you want to end up in my position. And go from something that was kinda annoying at night to i want jump of a bridge into a pit of lava level.

      So yeah my ears a fucked , i guess i was one of those individuals, but at-least i know why and don't have to spend any more money on figuring out why, thats some peace of mind.

      Im curious, for those of you that may of had this test, were you given the option or did they just do it.
      • Hug Hug x 1
    2. Mario martz

      Mario martz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Lets hope it settles soon,
      and warn everyone about this test

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