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Tinnitus (cont.)

Tinnitus Diagnosis

  • Initial evaluation will include a complete history and physical examination of the head and neck including the various nerves in the area.
  • A complete hearing test (audiogram) will also be performed. Depending on the type of tinnitus, either a special audiogram known as an auditory brainstem response (ABR) or a brain scan such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be required.
  • In some cases, your blood pressure and possibly some blood tests for hyperthyroidism may be taken. In very rare instances, a spinal tap may be performed to measure the fluid pressure in the skull and spinal cord.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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