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Hello, I've had Tinnitus for about 15 months now, 99.5% of the time on my left ear, occasionally I can sense some very very minor ringing on the right ear.
I got my third audiogram done yesterday at UCSF Medical. The previous two were done at a local audiology center and at Stanford. The first two tests only measured frequencies up to 8 kHz.
The results, per the audiologists, was that I'm within normal hearing range.
On this last test, they tested up to 20 kHz.
On my right ear, I was able to hear up to 20 kHz.
On my left ear, I was able to hear only up to 16 kHz. I could not hear 18k or 20k.
They performed a Bio-logic Otoacoustic Emissions test as well.
Seems like I had normal hair function on my left ear and near normal on my right ear.
I would assume I'd do worst on this test on my left ear than my right.
I'm 38 years old.
#1. Would you consider not hearing 18k and 20k frequencies on my left ear, which is my problem ear, the reason I have tinnitus? I've been told that most adults don't hear these frequencies so that it's not the problem.
#2. My left ear, dipped a bit more at frequencies 3.5k and 4k than on last year's tests. The audiologist said it was not enough for her to consider it hearing loss or damage. She said she could do second test and I could test better. Is it normal for tests to fluctuate and what would be a normal decibel fluctuating range?
#3. Based on these results, can my Tinnitus be 100% attributed to ear problems? I feel I hear normal.
I'm attaching my results, any advise or suggestions would be greatly appreciated; hopefully just positive.
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