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PV
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   Posted 9/22/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I normally post in the Crohn's board - my husband has crohn's disease and takes Remicade for it. For the past 2 months, my husband has had sudden unilateral hearing loss (mild) and tinnitus. ENT has him scheduled for an MRI to rule out an acoustic neuroma. Outer and middle ear are fine. At the very beginning he had some ear fullness and very very mild vertigo, that passed within a day or two. That is the sum total of his symptoms - no vision problems, no confusion, no tingling or other motor issues, etc.

I've heard that hearing loss is an uncommon symptom in MS, and it is unlikely to be an onset symptom. I am of course, having trouble waiting until after the MRI on tuesday for the results. One other thing to mention is last year, he had allergies, and had a lot of congestion, and also had tinnitus and vertigo, and it just resolved itself.

What do you think? I know this _could_ be MS, but do you think it's likely? I hope not, and I guess I'm looking for some reassurance that there is lots of things it can be, and very unlikely to be MS.

Thanks,
PV

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   Posted 9/22/2011 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I forgot to mention one more thing. Both times (last fall and this time) it is the same ear with issues. Also, his vertigo last year was also very mild. The ENT thinks they aren't going to find anything, and that it is just another one of those cases for which they find no reason - he just said people with other auto immune diseases can have hearing loss as well as an extra-intestinal symptom.

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   Posted 9/28/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, hopefully I can provide more information that will help those of you experienced with MS guide what we do next. We got the MRI results back. The ENT said nothing to really note. The radiologist report said no neuroma, small sinus cyst, and bilateral ischemic gliosis secondary to small vessel disease. I specifically asked the ENT about this finding, and he said he spoke to the radiologist who read the report, and that it is part of the normal aging process and nothing to worry about.

The only symptom my husband has had is sudden hearing loss and tinnitus. Right now, the ENT is in the process of setting up my hubby for a steroid profusion of the inner ear to see if it will help give back some of the hearing (has had symptoms for about 8 weeks).

I've read that gliosis can be burnt out MS. However, since my hubby started showing symptoms only 8 weeks ago, I tend to doubt that this gliosis is caused by MS. However, I want to know from those of you who have experience with MRI and their findings if we have reason to follow up with a neurologist.

The ENT explained that gliosis was a very common finding on MRIs as people age (my husband is 46), and that we have nothing to worry about. They are now called the sudden hearing loss of idiopathic (unknown) causes, and proceeding with trying to relieve the symptoms.

Any advice you can give me will be appreciated.

Thanks,
PV
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