Hi, I just found this site and hope someone can share or help. I have had tinnitus for a few years, 2 years ago I had a hearing test and right ear was worse than the left so the ENT ordered an MRI which I never did. Now, 2 years later, tinnitus is so much worse, I get headaches a lot and it almost makes me feel sick sometimes. After another test, hearing in both ears has decreased more than what is usual for my age (41) unless I am exposed to loud noise daily which I am not. It has decreased evenly now though so he no longer thinks a tumour is possible. They seem to think it could be autoimmune related, my blood work came back ANA positive, but nothing else. Now I HAVE to go for the MRI he says but I am very nervous and worried about side effects of the contrast. I am not sure what he is looking for since Lupus can not be seen on the MRI from what I understand. Has anyone else had tinnitus and hearing loss as the first sign of an autoimmune disorder? Additionally I have had some numbess and random other symptoms too but nothing major just annoying. I didn't even realize my hearing had decreased so it was quite a surprise. I just know lots of noise - my kids all talking at once, tv on etc was really bothersome!! Thank you for any responses! Or reassurance the MRI w/ contrast is a good next step.