Hello, Two Days ago (on 17 of July 2010) I had an MRI for my shoulder. Unfortunately I did it without earplugs. It was about 25 minutes of very loud noice but I didn't feel ear pain. After the MRI exam everything sounded muffled for a while (about 10 minutes). Now two days after, I think that my ears are more sensitive in louder sounds and I hear much louder sounds like aircondition, cars, etc. I'm a afraid If I have a permanent problem like hyperacusis!!!! Please, could anybody WHO DID MRI TEST WITHOUT EARPLUGS had an experience like that? Was this experience temporary? or permanent? Thank you....!
I can't believe the tech was that FOOLISH to let you do the MRI WITHOUT plugs or ear protection; that is an ABSOLUTE NO. Usually, the MRI would be cancelled if a patient does not comply with wearing ear protection and the ordering physician is notified. I have never heard or seen such a situation as a medical professional.
I would be getting to an ENT Specialist ASAP to sort out your situation; assess if any damage was done. I can't say whether this is permanent or not. For you sake, I hope it is not.
Hi thank you so much for your answer.
In fact, the physician told me to wear ear protection but I refused because in the past I had an MRI in a diferent MRI Machine and the sound was not loud or disturbing.....so I thought that I would have no problem with the sound. After I refused the physician told me "Ok, If you don't want, don't wear earplugs." I didn't know how strong was the sound otherwise I wouldn't refuse the earplug protection. Today (4 days after the MRI examination) I can say that the problem I have is that I find anoying the loud music...I mean before the MRI I was listening to my stereo on Volume 5, now I prefer listening to volume 3 because I find volume 5 anoying. The first 2 days the problem was biger. I also noticed that my ears ar more sensitive in specific frequencies, like bell ringing....metalic noices....I prefer listening to music with higher "bass" level than "treble" level. Higher "treble" level is a little bit anoying to me.
Anyway I red in www.mrisafety.com the following: "Transient hearing loss may occur following exposure to loud noise, resulting in a temporary threshold shift (i.e., a shift in audible threshold). With regard to acoustic noise associated with MR imaging, Brummett et al. reported temporary shifts in hearing thresholds in 43% of the patients scanned without ear protection and patients with improperly fitted earplugs. Recovery from the effects of noise occurs in a relatively short period of time. However, if the noise insult is particularly severe, full recovery can take up to several weeks. If the noise is sufficiently injurious, a permanent threshold shift at specific frequencies may occur."
I would like to visit an ENT specialist to check my ears, even If I feel ok but I'll do it after two weeks in order to see how the symptoms will continue.
Thank you so much for your help. I think that the physician shouldn't have left me do the MRI test without ear protection. If she had told me that wearing earplugs is mandatory, I should have definetly worn them.
My psychology is very bad after that MRI test...I feel something like phobia with the sound as I love music so much and I don't want to have problem in my ears. I red about hyperacusis and I'm so afraid about that.
I hope everything goes fine and not to be so unlucky.
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