Not Sure What’s Causing My Tinnitus: Can You Have ETD If CT and MRI Show No Fluid in the Middle Ear?

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    1. Cole.S

      Cole.S Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2024
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Hit by wave
      Hi all,

      Is it possible to have ETD even though CT and MRI show no fluid in the middle ear? My tympanometry assessment was also normal. The MRI shows severe maxillary sinusitis (see attached). I’m not having the sinus surgery as I can breathe perfectly, and the ENT says it doesn’t explain the tinnitus.

      I’m also undergoing Watson Headache® Approach treatment but applying it to tinnitus. My colleague is trained in this. My tinnitus definitely gets worse after the sessions.

      I don’t want the tinnitus to get worse with the insertion of grommets if, given the above, there is no chance of ETD.

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    2. MiaVIL
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      MiaVIL Member

      Location:
      Underworld
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2023
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      infection
      ETD (Eustachian Tube Dysfunction) will show up on an audiogram with a Type C tympanogram, indicating very negative pressure (below -100) and conductive hearing loss. Since your audiogram and imaging were normal, I highly doubt you have ETD. I was misdiagnosed with ETD because I have Type A tympanograms and slight negative pressure. When grommets didn’t relieve my suffering, I researched on my own and realized I didn’t have ETD and was misdiagnosed. However, my CT scan is not clear; it shows mucus/fluid in my middle ear spaces. This still doesn’t mean I have ETD, and there's no guarantee that it is causing the tinnitus. I wouldn’t get grommets if I were you.
       
    3. Supersix
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      Supersix Member

      Location:
      California Dreaming
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mild hearing loss ETD Left Ear,Profound hearing loss R
      What concerns do you have about getting tubes?

      What are your thoughts on balloon dilation?
       
    4. Varda
      Brooding

      Varda Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2024
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Azithromycin Z-pack
      Did you not get a spike from the MRI noise? Do you know what kind of machine they used?

      Did you get a contrast with your CT?
       
    5. MiaVIL
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      MiaVIL Member

      Location:
      Underworld
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2023
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      infection
      I have tubes, and they’ve done nothing to help me. Balloon dilation doesn’t look promising, either. Not for tinnitus, at least. Tubes are used to drain middle ear fluid and regulate severe negative pressure. If you don’t have either, I don’t see why tubes would be recommended.
       
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    6. Supersix
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      Supersix Member

      Location:
      California Dreaming
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mild hearing loss ETD Left Ear,Profound hearing loss R
      I had a CT angiogram with contrast, and it didn't trigger my tinnitus. I also had an upper GI with Propofol, and it didn't exacerbate my tinnitus.
       
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    7. Supersix
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      Supersix Member

      Location:
      California Dreaming
      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Mild hearing loss ETD Left Ear,Profound hearing loss R
      I have tinnitus due to my Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). Any irritation from pollen, colds, or flu causes a spike in my symptoms for several days. I am considering getting a balloon dilation, which might give me relief. I will consider this option if I cannot deal with the symptoms anymore.
       
    8. MiaVIL
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      MiaVIL Member

      Location:
      Underworld
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2023
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      infection
      That is probably a better option than tubes.
       
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