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Anon_233971 posted:

I recently had a VNG test. The caloric part of the test has aggravated my tinnitus. I am wondering if this test has made the nerves a little more hyperactive or if it might be inflammation. I'm wondering if steroids might help or if I should take klonopin or xanax to settle things down. It has been about a week since the test. Please tell me what you think.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Those tests have the tendency to make dizziness/vertigo worse, but usually not tinnitus, However, tinnitus is so mysterious and unpredicatable that I guess this can happen as well.

You would need to discuss the use of steroids with your doctor in this case. I am not sure they are indicated, but the Xanax can help settle down that disturbed vestibular system.
nanf8 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thank you.
Do you think the Xanax would be better than the Klonopin to help settle things down. I'm not sure the difference between the two. My doctor asked if I wanted another steriod pack because it has worked for me in the past, but it was prescribed for fluid in the ear, which also helped the tinnitus. My feeling is that you think something to settle things might be better as opposed to the steriod pack. I'm concerned about going on a dose pack again because over the past 12 months have taken those four times. I'm not sure when taking those steriod packs how much is too much. Again, your thoughts please.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to nanf8's response:
I prefer Xanax based on my experience with other patients, but I really don't know enough about your case to select Xanax over the Konopin. Your doctor would have more insight in this matter. As far as the steroids or concerned, I think it would be fine to wait and see if the Xanax settles down some of your symptoms.