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I suspected a minor hearing loss in my left ear. I went to

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I suspected a minor hearing loss in my left ear. I went to an ENT. He ordered a Cat Scan followed by a hearing test. After the hearing test the clinician siad "While you are here you might as well get an ABR Test."

I got the ABR Test. About 2 weeks later I was told that my hearing test was normal, my Cat Scan was normal but my ABR had a slight abnormality which could be a benign acoustic neuroma. I was told to get an MRI. On the day of the MRI I had second thoughts as it seemed odd to me. Had I just had the hearing test frist and it came back normal that would have been the end.

Today I got a call from the nurse asking me why I did not get an MRI since they suspected an aneurysm. I said I thought they suspected an acoustic neuroma...

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Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 3 years ago.

DR HASAN :

HI

DR HASAN :

Thanks for your questio n

DR HASAN :

i am an ENT doctor and wants to help you

DR HASAN :

Do you have ear ringing?

Customer:

Great. Thanks for your help. Obviously I have many concerns not the least of which is the order in which the tests were given and the conflicting comments

Customer:

I do not have ear ringing

DR HASAN :

Do you have vertigo?

DR HASAN :

or imbalance

Customer:

Nope.

Customer:

Would an abnormal ABR indicate an aneurysm??

DR HASAN :

No

DR HASAN :

Thats what i am coming to

DR HASAN :

ABR is very much specific for acoustic neuroma

DR HASAN :

Your report must be showing acoustic neuroma

Customer:

My wife had an acoustic neuroma and had brain surgery about six years ago

DR HASAN :

because in the scenario of hearing loss, ABR abnormality, MRI should show acoustic neuroma rather than aneurysm

DR HASAN :

acoustic neuroma origantes from nerve responsible for hearing so causes ABR abnormality

DR HASAN :

oh i am sorry to hear this, hows she doing

Customer:

She is doing great.

Customer:

Some tinnitus and minor hearing loss

Customer:

Had I just had the hearing test and it came back normal, why wiould I have had ABR or Cat Scan?

Customer:

Should i rule out aneurysm and not lose sleep? I am going to an ENT at the Cleveland Clinic on 3/22 for a second opinion

DR HASAN :

in initial stages hearing test can be normal so thats why your doctor ordered an ABR , and that shows problem so he went straight away for MRI

DR HASAN :

I think you should get your report reviwed

DR HASAN :

thats how you can get confirmation

DR HASAN :

but so far in this scenario, its likely to be acoustic neuroma

DR HASAN :

if they suspect aneurysm, suppose, then you will be in need of MRA rather than mri

DR HASAN :

so i think donot worry about that and relax

DR HASAN :

for your knowledge, donot worry about aneurysm either, its treatable

DR HASAN :

too

DR HASAN :

so relax

DR HASAN :

your thoughts

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if you want to ask anything else please feel free

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