Tinnitus and MRI scan

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Hi,

I am a 33 years old female. I started to have this static sound in my ears from December 2019 and I have been referred to the ENT doctor, he checked me and I have done an audiology test and both ears where in normal hearing area but he said that the left ear how I get the sound it has a different shape (the line which shows on the audiology test) and he said that I need an MRI scan for the acoustic neuroma. I don't have any other symptoms apart from the tinnitus which drives me crazy in the night. Is it MRI safe? Are they gonna scan the whole head to check for tumor? If any of you experienced something similar please let me know. What are the chances to have a tumor? is it very common to be send for an MRI scan to exclude the tumor?

If you found any remedies for the tinnitus please let me know too. I am very anxious as I have another problem apart from this, I am high myopic with astigmatism and it was enough with the eyes, now I have this problem, it's never ending 😦((

Many thanks,

Suzana

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    Hi, I got tinnitus 4 years ago when I turned 40, I jumped up out of bed to open window and that was when tinnitus started, the first few months were the worst because I was like this isn't going away and I was really down, went through everything you have been through MRI scan was safe and it showed no tumour, 4 years later and I have discovered that i get an unbelievable amount of wax build up in my ear and when its blocked my tinnitus is at its worst, I'm getting it syringe on monday as its blocked now, all I can say is try olive oil drops in ears to try and loosen the wax build up, hope this helps

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    Hi Suzana,

    when you have one sided hearing loss they automatically check for acoustic neuroma- this happened to me. The MRI is very quick 10 minutes - and they only scan the brain around your ear canals. it is a bit daunting- but is very quick. your head will be put in a frame to keep you still - but it is a few minutes in the machine for peace of mind. if you have no balance issues that is good. Acoustic neuroma is very rare - so do not worry yourself - they are very treatable if found. they found nothing with my scan - and unfortunately the tinnitus is something they can't do much with. mine is like white noise- was just in one ear to start with - but is now in both.

    Hope all goes well for you.

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      Hi Glennie,

      Thank you for reassuring me. Now I am much calmer. The doctor said that it's no sign of hearing loss the only thing he mentioned that the left ear is different in shape, how I hear something like that but both ears are normal and no sign of hearing loss but because of this he said to have the MRI done. Hopefully nothing wrong is going on and the tinnitus will go away. It's so annoying especially at night when I am trying to sleep 😦(.

      Suzana x

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      Hi Glennie,

      I just received the letter for the MRI scan and it says "MRI IAM with contrast both". Did you have the same thing? Is it safe to have it with contrast? How was yours done?

      I am really scarred 😦(

      Thank you xx

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      Hi Suzana,

      Please don't worry. You are being checked out by a really good Dr. I was told I was to have a contast MRI - but they didn't do one - and that is bad as the contrast can show minuscule changes a normal MRI cannot. It will mean you are there a little bit longer ( not so much in the scanner) as they will need to sort out the contrast. Just think of it as a positive - they care enough that you are checked thoroughly. Let me know how it goes.

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