Had or Having Medical Tests for Tinnitus? Please Share!

Discussion in 'Support' started by calin, Sep 30, 2012.

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    1. calin
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      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      I thought having a thread to share what tests we have had or will have would be helpful for some.

      Please share with us here.....even if you have mentioned them elsewhere on this forum.

      Many here have had numerous tests and have shared with us what they have had and the results, but the posts are scattered throughout this forum.

      So.... if you feel like it, share what tests, when and the results of them.
       
    2. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      Tests I've had:
      1. Audiogram (by an ENT). Sitting a quiet room, listening to various frequencies at increasing volume; pressing a button to indicate when I heard the frequency. Resulting graph, showing sensitivity of each ear to frequency. Showed hearing loss a the frequency I hear my tinnitus.
      2. Audiogram (by my audiologist). Same thing as before.
      3. A special tinnitus audiogram by my audiologist. Special ear buds were placed into each ear. These were connected to a computer software analysis program. A frequency was sent into one ear and was received by the other ear. The data was anlayzed using a "tinnitus protocol". Verified the traditional audiogram results, but much more detailed information. "No work" on the patients part - they just sit there.
      4. MRI (ordered by a second ENT). Used to rule out certain possible brain related causes of tinnitus.
       
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    3. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      I have had hearing tests. All is well on that front. Just a normal high pitch hearing reduction in upper frequencies - they say my age is a factor and it is normal.

      Blood tests... just fine.

      MRI a few weeks ago. All is well in my brain and auditory loops.

      ENT took out small bits of wax.

      I am having an ultrasound for the carotid artery tomorrow because my ENT thinks he hears a heart murmur and that could be the cause of the pulsing T. He says I have vascular tinnitus.

      Next week I am having a VNG to see if my auditory and sight connection is troubling as I am experiencing some balancing / dizziness issues as well now. Not looking forward to having intentional dizziness with the tests.
       
    4. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Thanks Karl!

      Your explanation may help others as it was detailed.

      Question .... what did they hope to find out about the tinnitus protocol?
       
    5. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Tests I've had:
      1. Audiograms - At least 4 (I've lost count!) - ENT's, audiologists. Result: Hearing loss in right ear (same ear as tinnitus).
      2. CT Scan/Temporal Bones (without contrast) - Result: Findings unremarkable.
      3. MRI/MRA with contrast - Result: Findings unremarkable.
      4. Carotid artery ultrasound - Result: Unremarkable.
       
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    6. Molan
      No Mood

      Molan Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2005
      I've only had a hearing test which confirmed that I had hearing loss at the same frequency as my Tinnitus.
       
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    7. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Thanks for that Molan.

      Hmmm..wonder if that is typical...
       
    8. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      I have had too many tests to count but here is the major ones related to T:
      • audiogram (above average)
      • high frequency test (above average)
      • tinnitus frequency match (could not match)
      • tinnitus loudness match
      • extensive blood work (mostly good, low vitamin D)
      • MRI (no findings for tinnitus, other issue found though)
      • CT Scan (no findings for T, confirmed earlier MRI finding)
       
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    9. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      All sorts of tests,the only thing that came up was an MRI on my TMJ which showed arthritis and inflamation.
       
    10. Karl

      Karl Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Chicago
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2011
      I found my audiologist after reading about her in the local newspaper. She may be one of the best in the Chicago Land area. It took me over a month (of suffering) to get an appointment. I belong to a tinnitus discussion group, and it seems that a lot of people know about her.

      She uses a test in which you wear two ear buds that are analyzed by a software program. I heard frequencies, and somehow these earbuds produced a "tinnitus protocol". I just sat there like a lump, didn't have to say a thing or push a button. The results were very detailed.

      I don't think this test actually offered any better "fix" for my tinnitus. Habituation seems to be the only fix at present. I was offered two options: Neuromonics ("The $5,000 IPod", 7 months until habituation) or maskers ($1,800, 12 months to 24 months until habituation). I chose the maskers, choosing to tough it out for the extra bucks I will save.

      Sometimes I hate these maskers. I stopped wearing them for about a month. Today, I'm trying them again, and they seem to help. It's like an old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby movie: "The Road to Habituation".
       
    11. calin
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      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Nice sense of humor Karl!
       
    12. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      I think this is a good thread. Maybe we could find things we have not tried yet.

      Among the tests I had:

      1. audiograms - all ok
      2. tympanometry twice - all ok
      3. tinnitus loudness/tone matching - 75 db in both ears, impossible to match
      4. head CT with contrast - all ok
      5. blood tests - all ok
      6. videonystagmography (VNG) - all ok
      7. spine RTG - revealed mild hypolordosis

      Suggested treatment - massage therapy, more sports, avoid sitting too much. Also I was accepted to try this electrical stimulation of cochlea I mentioned in the forum before. I had no guts to try it yet...
       
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    13. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Thanks for your contribution Fish!

      Why did you have a VNG test? Are you having dizziness or imbalance issue?

      And, what happened if you don't mind sharing. I have that coming up on Monday.
       
    14. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      VNG is a procedure that tests the middle ear function and some cordination with eye movement (I am not sure). I have no problems with dizziness or imbalance.

      Do not worry calin you will be perfectly fine! This test is absolutely painless and not that unpleasant either. First I wore a special kind of goggles and followed a moving red dot on screen with my eyes (without moving head). Next I had to lie down, the goggles closed themselves so I had my eyes open but couldn't see anything anymore. Then the red dot appeared for a moment and I was supposed to stare in that general direction. Next the doctor poured first cold, then warm water in my ears. Shortly after that I got dizzy and it became difficult to stop my eyes from moving, haha. Dizziness is unpleasant but it wears off quickly. Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes calin!

      I am sorry for my english, I am not good at forming long sentences.
       
    15. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Along with a CD of the ultrasound, I have a copy of the doctors report for my US carotid artery scan.

      Antegrade flow is seen within the vertebral arteries bilaterallt. No significant plaque is seen within the carotid sustem bilaterally. No hemodynamically significant stenosis or occlusion is identified.

      Impression:
      1. No evidence for hemodynamically significant stenosis or occlusion
      2. Antegrade flow seen within the vertebral arteries bilaterally.

      All is well there!

      Next up is the VNG on Monday.
       
    16. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Thanks Fish. I am not happy about the dizziness part!

      Why did they do that test if you didn't have problems?
       
    17. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      I survived! lol

      VNG test shows all is well. No Labrinthitis or any other physical cause found.

      My T was not even audible while I was having the tests. And hours after... only a mere faint whisper.

      The dizzy reaction to the hot and cold air was a good sign. Everything is healthy.

      She gave me exercises to do to acclimate my brain to compensate for the floating sensation or dizzy spells.

      She told me that this condition is frequently from stress. hmmm... no kidding. Try having tinnitus for a year and all the life issues we are bombarded with these days.

      I guess this is good news. I still for some reason cried .... could be from combo of joy and the fact that I was causing this myself.

      Haha.. she asked me if there was anything I didn't know about the test and tinnitus. Oh and ...to stay away from tinnitus searches and forums. Yea... like that is going to happen! ;)
       
    18. erik
      Breezy

      erik Manager Staff Benefactor

      Location:
      Washington State, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      04/15/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely hearing loss
      Great News Calin, congrats. I have to have another MRI in a couple of days. Not looking forward to the tunnel again, though this time it is not related to T.
       
    19. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      Gosh Erik... I wish you the best.

      Take an Ativan... I feel asleep a couple of times. Also try counting the seconds for each session. Keep your eyes closed.
       
    20. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Calin -- That is great news! I'm glad all is well for you. I had a lot of those not-all-here feelings for a long time, myself. It has finally gone away. Yours will, too, and the exercises will definitely help. Take care; and DON'T stay away from tinnitus forums!

      Erik --- Best of luck to you on the MRI. We are here for you if you want to vent. I agree with Calin about taking an Ativan or something calming; it will be over before you know it. Take care!
       
    21. Fish
      Balanced

      Fish Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Poland
      Tinnitus Since:
      July 2012
      Glad to hear that all is well, Calin! I am sorry for not responding to your last question, somehow I missed it :(

      I don't really have problems with dizziness but the doctors probably wanted to rule out every possible cause.
       
    22. calin
      Inspired

      calin Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Oct 2011
      No worries! ;)

      Thanks for getting back to me!

      My floating head thing has faded big time. I think it may be a result of the Reflexercise. It may just have been stress as the clinician suggested.
       

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