MRI Needed?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Kevin W, Jun 11, 2015.

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    1. Kevin W
      Frustrated

      Kevin W Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      I've had tinnitus for about 2 months now in my left ear.. Over the past week, it has occasionally made its way to my right ear, as well, but lasts only seconds there. I have never had any issue with headaches, balance, etc. Do you guys feel that a MRI would even be warranted if I show no other symptoms which a tumor of some kind might bring on? I saw mention of an MRI of the middle ear. Would this be recommended? Thanks for your time.
       
    2. Ricky81
      Worried

      Ricky81 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 14, 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault/Contusion/Ear Infection
      Mri won't hurt.. make sure you have good insurance to cover the cost.
       
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    3. adam2525
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      adam2525 Member

      Location:
      London, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      2001
      Sounds like fleeting tinnitus. Even people without full blown tinnitus get that. So if thats whats bothering you I wouldn't worry about it.

      Regarding the MRI, I would hate to put you in the wrong direction. If it was me and I was concerned I would have a chat with my GP and take it from there.
       
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    4. Mad maggot
      Breezy

      Mad maggot Member

      Location:
      New zealand
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I agree with john Lemmon. Let an ENT see you and they can evaluate you and let you know if they think an MRI is necessary. I've had a few because my symptoms were suspiciously like brain stuff such as tumour. But results are normal. Save your money if it's not necessary - you might need it for something else.
       
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    5. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I never once had an MRI, they only do it to rule out tumours. It is noisy so get some NAC as it protects the hair cells from sudden noise damage.
       
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    6. The ATA advises against MRI's.

      and my answer is No.
       
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    7. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Well, it's up to him really. But I do agree, MRI's are noisy.
       
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    8. Yes I should say the ATA just recently revised their " advice " on how to proceed when diagnosed with T..They now advise AGAINST mri's..

      and my OPINION is no :)
       
    9. Danny Boy
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      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      Well, I wonder what the BTA's position is on this?
       
    10. Kevin W
      Frustrated

      Kevin W Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2015
      Thank you all for your words of advice. I'm trying to be careful because I don't won't this sinking me further in debt if it is something I'm just going to have to live with. Today a loud noise raised both ears many levels higher..first time that has happened.
       
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    11. Ricky81
      Worried

      Ricky81 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      July 14, 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Assault/Contusion/Ear Infection
      I think CT scans are quite.. but ask your ENT and do research if you indeed have money to get CT scan and maybe ask your insurance company how much they will cover.
       
    12. Nucleo

      Nucleo Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2011
      I guess it depends on what caused your tinnitus. If it was after an acoustic trauma then MRI or CT almost always come back negative.
       

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