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Can MRI show inner ear problems
My husband has been having headaches, vertigo etc and had an MRI of his brain.  Will this show anything related to inner ear or sinus problems?
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I don't know about sinuses, but an MRI (WITH contrast) can rule out the possibility of an acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor of the inner ear (hearing nerve).

Acoustic neuromas usually cause gradual or (more rarely) sudden one-sided hearing loss and/or ringing in the ear, and can also cause vertigo or dizziness, although I think only about 5 or 3 percent of cases of unilateral hearing loss turn out to be acoustic neuroma, and dizziness/vertigo have many, many, MUCH more common causes than acoustic neuroma.

The MRI will likely not show anything--headaches and vertigo have many causes, most of which are not due to tumors or anything scary like that.

With headaches and vertigo, one possibility could be "migraine-associated vertigo." Check it out.

Best of luck to him,

Nancy T.
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