MRI — How to Prepare?

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    1. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
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      Unidentified
      Dear all

      My MRI scan will finally take place on Wednesday. I'm planning to use foam earplugs to protect from noise? Wanted to wear some headphones too but would they interfere with the scan? There is a long list of things containing metal that do but this wasn't mentioned...any recommendations much appreciated...

      Thanks!
       
    2. stophiss

      stophiss Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      April 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      too full a life
      Can somebody who understands the physics of each...a CBCT scan versus MRI, please comment on which type of imaging provides the greatest clarity/resolution and therefore insight into the internal anatomy of our head?

      Thanks

      PS: Candy, what it your objective with your MRI...what do you expect to discern or validate? Good luck!
       
    3. Pleasure_Paulie

      Pleasure_Paulie Member

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise..no idea.. unicorns?
      An MRI provides the most detailed imaging available.

      Call the place that is the scan and check if they provide plugs. Most places offer up foam ear plugs, and ear muffs you can use over the top.
       
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    4. Zeneth
      Hurting

      Zeneth Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Very Unknown At This Point.... most likely loud sound?
      Candy, please please please do whatever you can to lower decibals by at least 40db... I just had an MRI with 30db reduction plugs and it was still SOOOOO loud! Since the machine is usually 120db, it's still 90db for the whole time of you used -30db earplugs... Try and get as much ear protection as possible
       
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    5. GregCA
      Crappy

      GregCA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      They show different things, so it's not a case of "one is better than the other". A CT scan will show bone structure/density, so it's a good tool to look into conditions like superior semicircular canal dehiscence or otosclerosis. Conversely, an MRI shows water/fluids and fat in the body, and can be useful to diagnose an acoustic neuroma.

      When you have no clue what you're looking for, you can do both to see if either one will reveal anything abnormal.

      CT uses ionizing radiation. MRI uses a strong magnetic field (so if you have metal in your body, watch out).
       
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    6. Jkph75

      Jkph75 Member

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      2/27/16
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      Unknown
      I have just had several done. If they are scanning your head, they won't let you use headphones. Bring your own plugs because the ones they provide aren't very good.
       
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    7. SoulStation
      No Mood

      SoulStation Member Ambassador Team Tech

      Location:
      New York
      Tinnitus Since:
      2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise / Possible Medication
      Get strong foam plugs and practice inserting them in.
      They will also put padding over your ears. You'll be fine. Promise!
       
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    8. Tayla Kriel

      Tayla Kriel Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Definitely take your own ear plugs with you because the ones provided by the hospital aren't the best and don't block much noise. You won't be able to listen to any music, I don't think you'd be able to hear it anyway even if you were allowed to because the MRI machine is really loud and noisy, it sounds like construction work in your ears! The radiographer knows it's not a nice situation to be in, so they will definitely be there for you and make you feel comfortable and better! There was also a small mirror above me facing the radiographer, so I could see her while I was lying down and she was able to talk to me the whole time, which made things a lot better and easier! You are given a little button to push if you feel uncomfortable during the scan and wish to stop, but I'd say don't push it! Just get the scan over and done with because it takes quite long, but they do the scan in intervals (like she will scan for a minute, then a minute and a half and so on. I think the longest scan was about 10 minutes and that's right at the end! Good luck, I wish you well!
       
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    9. volsung37

      volsung37 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      2014
      Had an MRI a couple of months ago. In the UK they will let you listen to music or radio over headphones however the noise of the MRI machine usually pretty much drowns this out. Bringing your own earplugs is allowed and can be helpful if the noise worries you. I was quite anxious about going and had previously cancelled an MRI out of fear. In the end I had a 70 minute spinal and head scan and didn't find the process uncomfortable at all. The staff at the centre are well used to putting people at their ease.
       
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    10. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2016
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      Unidentified
      Thank you all so much for your comments, very helpful!!
      @stophiss - good question, basically here in the UK it's standard procedure through the NHS if you have t - they are just ruling acoustic neuroma...
       
    11. Tweaker
      Sad

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

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      UK
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      05/2010
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      Noise exposure
      Make sure you wear decent foam plugs as sound levels can reach 120 decibels. They gave me rubbish ones and I believe my hyperacusis started the day after the scan. Decent foam earplugs should do the trick. The scan should only be 10 to 15 mins.
       
    12. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

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      06/2016
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      Unidentified
      Oh my goodness, that was LOUD!!! Louder than the sound that first gave me T.

      Now my ear/ head is screaming...please tell me it hasn't damaged the rest of my cells...really scared.

      Love to you all
       
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    13. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

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      England, Stoke-on-Trent
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      2004
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      Meniere's Disease
      I'm sure you will be fine as I was .
      Have a relaxing evening and any spike should be short lived.
      They are loud with the banging .
      Hope your results are fine too....lots of love glynis
       
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    14. gotyoubynuts

      gotyoubynuts Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concert
      Drink one bottle of red wine and you will be good
       
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    15. Tweaker
      Sad

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

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      UK
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      05/2010
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      Noise exposure
      The anxiety of the whole process will be contributing to your ears screaming. Perhaps take some NAC and B vitamins to help the ears. Try to put it behind you now and focus on relaxing. It's over now.
       
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    16. william adams
      Wishful

      william adams Member Benefactor

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      S Jersey
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      one week after leg surgery plus hearing loss in higher freq.
      Why are MRI s so dam loud to begin with? The foam plugs they gave me were as good as nothing.... Had a spike but it did subside....If I had it to do over I would have brought quality earplugs with me...
       
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    17. Samantha R

      Samantha R Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Geelong Australia
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      07/2016
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      Unknown
      @Candy How are you going now? Hope things have settled down for you... xxx
       
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    18. Hopeful1
      Depressed

      Hopeful1 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Hope you are ok now
       
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    19. Candy

      Candy Member Benefactor Team Awareness

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      06/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unidentified
      The initial screaming seems to have settled, but still seems loud...don't know if I'm just having a loud week or not - my sound is all over the place anyway.
      Thanks you for asking it truly brought tears to my eyes, that a group of people whom I've never met in person have been thinking of me. x
       
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    20. Hopeful1
      Depressed

      Hopeful1 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      It should settle down....spike is expected as per my ENT...in the mean time try and keep yourself busy

      ...I am happy that you find comfort in this forum....we understand the value of kindness when someone is pain...as we all have first hand experience with it

      ....i wonder why doctors dont give magnesium few days before it is know to helpful if taken prior to noise exposure....

      You might want to try magnisum for a few days....nothing to loose i guess...
       
    21. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I had an MRI a month ago. I used foam earplugs in addition to the ear muffs they provided. You can opt for music in the ear muffs to pass the time if you want, however I personally did not want more noise. I also asked my dr for a low dose of Valium to relieve anxiety during the test. It is LOUD. I mean, it vibrates through your bones so despite the plugs you're still going to hear the noise. The foam plugs and
      Muffs should be enough to prevent hearing damage and I didn't have a spike from the test. I actually have another MRI/MRA scheduled on Tuesday and I am doing the same, plugs, muffs and Valium! The benefit of the test outweighs the risks for myself personally. Good luck!
       
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    22. danieluk

      danieluk Member

      Location:
      Birmingham, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I hate MRI its extremely loud forcing me to wear ear plugs, which also forces me to listen to my tinnitus.

      I strongly advise people to take for ear plugs with them, and also wear the ear defenders they put on you and ask for music to be played through them.
       
    23. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      If it makes you feel better I've already had two MRIs, an MRA and will have another MRI in 6 months . I take diazepam and use foam ear plugs in addition to ear muffs and I've not had a spike from them. I will likely be required to have multiple MRIs my entire life :( just make sure to use adequate protection!
       
    24. Dominic1955
      Depressed

      Dominic1955 Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Waverly, Pennsylvania
      Tinnitus Since:
      4/2/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Idiopathic hearing loss
      @Natalie Roberts why so many MRI ?
      I just read why cavernous hemangioma
      Sorry
       
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    25. Natalie Roberts
      Depressed

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Yes, they have to monitor it for changes and any other lesions.
       
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