My Complete Auditory Evaluation: Audiogram, Extended Audiogram, Tympanogram, Otoacoustic Emission

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    1. Eric N

      Eric N Member

      Location:
      Montreal QC
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      For anyone who is interested to compare their results with mine I have decided to put this up, the best evidence on why I may have tinnitus is from the slight damage I have @ 3khz in the left ear but even this is inconclusive as I don't know if I had this before tinnitus.
      I have multiple pure tone tinnitus in both ears and a constant buzzing in my left ear.
      Tinnitus tones are as a low as 1 khz - possibly about 10khz

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    2. amandine

      amandine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      july 2014
      @Eric N

      Love what you have posted
      Know this is an old post but please if you are still on this forum, could you explain what each picture means as otherwise it is completely non understandable to me and possibly many others looking at it.
      Or anyone else looking at it if they understand it.
      Many thanks
       
    3. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      You have 15db hearing loss at 1 kHz - and without reverse ski slope hearing loss - which is unusual. The 1 kHz frequency tone is normally easy to hear by almost everyone.

      Unilateral hearing loss, with asymmetrical dips of about 20db around the 1 to 2 kHz frequencies is seen in about two-thirds of people who have experienced a head injury. Sometimes the hearing loss may be more pronounced - in which case the person will notice automatically. But in the above cases, where the hearing loss is not pronouned, the hearing loss may well go unnoticed until it is picked-up by an audiology test many years later. And by that time no on will even begin to consider the possible relationship between the hearing loss and the head injury.

      You have no sign of NIHL; you have no sign of presbycusis. Excellent hearing at 12,5 kHz. Really good.
       
    4. amandine

      amandine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      july 2014
      @attheedgeofscience

      I have had a hearing test up to 8hz.
      Doc said hearing normal for my age..whatever that means.
      Also said that i have jaw misalignment due to mising teeth in upper set. Need to go to dentist for that he said.
      Also said that i have a problem with my brain and not my ear - he said the T was due to stress (he does not know me at all) and that my brain was suffering from brain fatigue.
      I asked why it goes up and down( ie yesterday was practically non existant) (and had for the first time switched ears from right to left) (and today it is really high but back in the right ear) and he said the brain gets tired so switches it off for a while and then re starts it.
      He told me to take ATARAX for calming and sleep (1 pill a day) and after a few days that should sort it out together with some dentures.
      Well what do you think of that please? I so respect your opinions on this subject and that is why I address my questions and concerns to you.
      Also i have the hearing test result on paper. It is one small page with 3 boxes. Shows obviously left and right ear and the hearing test, the bone conduction test and the verbal test. However i dont understand it at all. Would it be possible for me to scan it in and please ask you to tell me what it means - please?
      thank you so much for all your informative responses to this and other posts by me and others on this forum. You are indeed a huge source of help insight and intelligence in this problem of T.
      looking forward hopefully to your positive repsonse
       
    5. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Nonsense.

      Of course, I am not a doctor. But... it is still nonsense.

      And here is how such nonsense comes about: doctors - with their significantly inflated ego - like to appear "in charge" and "all-knowing". So when faced with a question to which they really have no answer, they will invent a diagnosis/reason/cause/etc rather than lose-face. Such casual explanations of the causes of tinnitus is also what I commonly refer to as "kitchen-table" talk. Tinnitus is almost always due to some kind of damage to the inner ear. The problem, in terms of a diagnosis, arises because doctors assume their simplistic understanding of a standard 8-kHz audiogram can diagnose tinnitus. It cannot. An audiogram can provide an "indication". And that's about it.

      "Brain fatigue"...? More kitchen-table talk, in my opinion. To the extent that this term can even be used as a diagnosis, it would require some kind of objective measure/examination eg. a scan of your brain that ascertains certain diagnostic data or a thorough examination of various psychological parameters. You cannot just look informally at a person and say "you have brain fatigue". Stupid. You may have stress or anxiety or something else - and that's fine, if your doctor wants to offer his opinion on that and/or diagnose you with it. And from reading a couple of your posts, I can sort of sense that you probably are under some amount stress. But brain fatigue...?!?

      I am not a doctor. I have no opinion on medication.

      If your tinnitus has a somatic component then, be aware that tinnitus as a result of injury/inflammation/poor posture/etc is the last of the symptoms to appear. Which also means you potentially have been ignoring certain other symptoms for a while. It is therefore a cause for concern. So see your dentist sooner rather than later.

      Feel free.
       
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    6. amandine

      amandine Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      july 2014
      @attheedgeofscience

      thank you! and so promtly too came your repsonse!
      I wish that we could discuss on many subjects and not on this horrible subject as you are indeed i feel a most interesting and intelligent person and someone with whom I would enjoy many hours of delightful and insightful conversation. Whether you would enjoy my conversation is of course another matter - I may not be as learned as you.....or maybe more so on other subjects....dont know.
      However you and I are afflicted with this and it has had such a profound effect certainly on me.
      In all your researchings have you come across any reason as to why the T sound reduces out of the blue for a day and then goes back up for a day or two and then goes down again?

      I understand that you have undertaken 2 courses of stem cell therapy but as far as i can understand it has not yet had a positive result? Or has it improved if only slightly? I hope you wont object to me asking you.

      Thank you for telling me to go to the dentist. I shall go but how good or useful it will be I just dont know.
      I just dont know because of the examination carried out by the ENT doctor. Then telling me that i have jaw misalignment? Just cos I have missing teeth in the upper set - taken out by the dentist this year due to gum recession and they were wobbly and painful and made it difficult to eat correctly for ages. Of course it is still a little difficult to eat cos i dont have all my teeth now but I have no jaw pain.
      What the doc did was to tell me to sit or lay down, then asked me to open my mouth. He saw the missing teeth and sort of uttered AH! Then he took his index finger and pressed really hard on the inside of my mouth at the top of the jaw (just above the jaw bone) in the corner. He pressed really really hard. I winced. He said yes you have jaw misalignment. Then he did the same thing on the other side of my mouth and I winced again but it was due to the pressure that he was exerting and also he was pressing against the top of a tooth that has gum recession and hurts a bit where the gum has receded. He said, you see it does not hurt so much on that side. I was skeptical so after my hearing test, when i was back in his room, I asked him to repeat this jaw test which he did with a smile. And said the same thing. That I had inflammation in the (dont know what it is called) bit where there is a sort of entry hole (on a plastic model of a jaw for example) just above the jaw bone. He said that the prednisolone that i had taken worked temporarily as it had reduced the inflammation which had returned when i stopped taking the prednisolone.
      Well there you have it. Any comments on the above I really do appreciate and value. Thank you
       
    7. Eric N

      Eric N Member

      Location:
      Montreal QC
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      Hi ATEOS,
      It is safe to say I have not suffered hearing loss from ototoxicity because I can hear well up to 16Khz?
      If my problem is not NIHL then I have no clue what is the cause and why my T keeps getting worse with noise accidents that would not be harmful to most people -I am going through a really bad spike after some jerk went full throttle with a loud car muffler next to me.
      I did knock my head falling off a bike once when I was around 6 but that is more than 22 years ago so I am not sure if the 15 db has any significance but then again I never checked my ears since ;).

      I also want to ask you a few things, I know you are not a doctor but you probably know more about this topic than them from what I have seen, if from the below data you can make any kind of assumptions about why I have T and or possible things to follow up on I would be grateful because I pretty much gave up on trying to find the answer.

      -I can change the pitch of my T if I clench my jaws down hard or open my mouth really wide, doing this will cause a slight temporary spike - usually in the high T frequencies - but it's gone as soon as I relax my jaw, apart from this I don't have any really issue with my jaws I don't grind my teeth during sleep and the dentist does not think I have TMJ.

      -Also sometimes moving around causes T to react so I guess I have somatic tinnitus.
      -A recent X-ray of my spine revealed that I have a facet arthritis in cervical spine between C7-T1 not sure if that can contribute but I may have gotten this issue from years working in computer support with my neck bent down.
       
    8. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Agreed.

      That is precisely the problem that I mentioned.

      People who can modulate their tinnitus with jaw clenching and/or neck movements is quite common. Regardless of the etiology of their tinnitus. Many people will have pronounced trigger points around the jaw bone and temporal area. It's common and (probably) not a cause for concern in most cases. But like all trigger points, it is a good idea to get rid of them, nonetheless.

      If your dentist does not think that you have TMJ disorder, then you probably don't. My gut-feeling is that oftentimes TMJ disorder is considered the culprit behind tinnitus simply because doctors are unable to find the actual cause. Or patients will self-diagnose themselves with TMJ disorder because they have tender facial muscles - which is more common than not.

      I think many people have a somatic component to their tinnitus ie. it may be influenced by head posture such as when lying down for sleeping. But I don't believe that means you have somatic tinnitus. It is probably more due to pressure build-up when eg. lying down - but again, it depends on what you mean by "moving around"...

      Exercises and therapies that promote good posture is actually something I mentioned a while ago in this post:

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/thread...-etc-possible-treatment.500/page-2#post-50344

      It's probably a good idea to look into it. But I would assume that the doctor who ordered the x-ray also followed up on the diagnosis...
       
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    9. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      No. But, I am aware that it is not uncommon.

      I got approximately 50% reduction in the severity of my tinnitus. I was unable to complete the 2nd stem cell treatment due to an apparent acute allergic reaction to the stem cells by the 3rd injection. I therefore only received half the planned amount of stem cells. Would it have made a difference? Who can say...

      It is well beyond me to comment on any of that. I am not a doctor. Sorry.

      My own approach in such situations would be to go by a trial-and-error method. Fix the problems causing the inflammation and see if that doesn't help, somehow. However, the following is definitely true: tinnitus is always the last of the symptoms to appear when "something" is wrong. Oftentimes, there will have been other symptoms which - we humans - conveniently decided to ignore. Which means that you eventually receive an "invoice" - with interest.
       
    10. Eric N

      Eric N Member

      Location:
      Montreal QC
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2012
      Hi and thanks for your response, when you say you got a reduction does that also include the T you have from a long time or just the one from 2013?

      I am asking this to see if the theory that tinnitus gets locked in the brain after sometime is true or not.
       
    11. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      Both.

      My left ear "EEEEEEEEEEEEE"-tone changed to an "eeeeeeeeeeeee"-tone, and is now on some days what I would refer to as a thin- or flat- "eeeeeeeeeee"-tone.

      My right ear tinnitus (which I have had since childhood/birth) has several components (morse-code + noise). What has changed is that I will go entire days without hearing it now. I can pretty much tell from when I get out of bed in the morning if it is there or not - and if not, then I will usually not hear it for the rest of the day...

      I will (hopefully) be sharing some insights on this by the end of the week after seeing a specialist in Switzerland.
       
    12. Dan77

      Dan77 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      This is a false understanding that most of the people has, tinnitus is always due to specific brain activities in the auditory cortex of the brain and it's because that's the only area it processes sounds whether it comes through your ear or even if it simmulates in other methods and relative to the activity you will perceive the type of Tinnitus that you have or what you hear through your ears.

      Tinnitus - The Loud Silence


      You may check what Eddy Temple says by listening from 9 minutes onwards...
       
    13. attheedgeofscience
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      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
    14. Dan77

      Dan77 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2013
      Hi attheedgeofscience,

      Thanks for your comment. We are all here to help each other to get rid of this devil. I'll try to explain you on why you are wrong here. So, do you think your ear itself can hear Tinnitus? or your ear itself can know about sounds without sending these signals to auditory cortex? Assume you use some hearing aid device and that device send signals to visual cortex rather than auditory cortex, do you think we can still hear? or if that signal goes to some other part of the brain can we still hear ? or can you perceive hearing by any other part of the brain at all? So therefore, to peceive any kind of sound or any kind of Tinnitus there should be a brainwave in your auditory cortex always and non of the other areas of the brain will give you a perception of sound. Assume you have a damaged ear and this damage ear still should send a signal to auditory cortex to perceive Tinnitus or this high/low pitched sound. Now then again there are so many people around the world saying that their Tinnitus goes away while diving or swimming. You may refer to below,

      http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/divers-disabilities/352391-any-divers-tinnitus-ringing-ears-5.html

      I have tinnitus and mine too disappeares while Im diving. This perplexed my ent doc. I thought with it being do quiet it would be especially loud.

      http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/divers-disabilities/352391-any-divers-tinnitus-ringing-ears-5.html

      March 21st, 2013, 10:40 AM
      I've been diving since 2000, and I know that my two tone tinnitus disappears underwater. After over 250 dives, it's a fact, as far as I'm concerned. What I'm wondering is the medical..

      http://www.thespiritscience.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5285&p=68188

      My uncle has suffered from tinnitus for over ten years, and the sound is so loud he sometimes can't hear what other people say. Then last fall he was on a walk and suddenly the tinnitus just stopped for about 10 minutes and my uncle was in awe. After that it came back though. My point here is that if it's somehow subconsciously or even consciously possible to get rid of the tinnitus...

      So how can these damaged ears gets cured temporarily? Underwater or after having this for ten years cured for just 10 minutes in above cases?

      So therefore, it should not caused due to damaged ear...
       

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