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hear my heartbeat in my left ear, blood vessel? (Page 1)

I have a question. A couple of years ago I had a corotid angiogram to find out why I hear my heart beat in my left ear 24/7. What the doc told me was that you have one vessel that carries blood to the brain and 2 that carry it out and only one of mine works, and the one that works is on the side where I hear the constant hear beat which means I am just hearing that vessel or artery work harder to carry blood out. Shortly after I lost health insurance and have not yet been able to see a specialist to explain this further. I cannot find anything on the internet as to why mine isn't working. He said it is not blocked (which would be corotid artert disease) as the dye went through it. It just doesnt work. He said it was probably a birth defect, although the pounding in my ear did not start until five years ago. No one was every able to explain what can cause this, what, if anything I need to do about it etc. The doc kind of compared it to only having 1 kidney, as long as the other worked. He made it sound like no big deal. I should also mention it has caused a 20% hearing loss and I am also suffering from extreme migraines.

DOes anyone know anything about this condition?
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First Helper Georgiesw
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replied February 16th, 2009
left ear hearing heartbeat
Wow! How interesting. Iam experiencing the same situation with the left ear. A couple of months ago, suddenly my right ear went almost deaf for a while. When I went to have it checked there was hearing loss. My insurance lapsed and I recommended to get an MRI because there was something not right when the hearing test was done.
I have longed for an answer to this whole "left ear-hearing my heart beat" issue.
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replied October 15th, 2009
Hearing heartbeat in left ear
I too am experiencing this 24/7. It varies in the intensity of sound. One doctor said live with it and another said need MRI. If I move the vein behind the ear or press on it the noise will stop. So it is something to do with the vein. Perhaps the vein has gotten larger or is distended therefore too close to the ear and that is why you hear the blood rushing and the heartbeat. I believe the MRI approach is the best to ensure everything is actually still okay.
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replied November 3rd, 2009
Hear Heartbeat in Right Ear
I have had the heartbeat in my ear for 2yrs now..started when pregnant with 2nd child.GP gave antibiotics said it was fluid on ear,did not work. Have had 2 MRI's found that have many non specific lesions on brain, too many for my age.Neurologist is doing a lumbar puncture to see if its MS.Now I am starting to have pain along neck from ear down also on the right side...still don't know what it is.
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replied June 6th, 2012
Hi there im replying to your post nov 3rd 2009 .I am going mad with this beating in my left ear it's scary and
can make you start panicking.I am seeing my doctor tomorrow and prob will get fobbed off with some exuse not
to worry, how did you get on ? i hope you found out more
thanks
cozzles
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replied October 6th, 2013
I understand. I have had this in my right ear for 2 weeks and have had 3 panic attacks. It's maddening. Absolutely maddening. Has yours resolved? I'm petrified it won't go away.
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replied August 2nd, 2012
Heart beat in left ear
You all need to ask your doctor about an MRA, it is an MRI angiogram.... it will check your vessel... if you are having neck pain along with it, there is a chance that you have a disecting artery which can lead to a stroke (actually the leading cause of stroke in people less than 50 yr old).. good luck.. and get it done! soon!
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replied November 15th, 2009
pulse in ear
I have had a pulse sound in my left ear for 5 months now. I've had a CT and MRI and finally have a diagnosis - mastoiditis. It is an infection of the bone around the ear. I have not had pain or fever or other signs of infection. It is responding to antibiotics. Left untreated this kind of infection can get very serious, even deadly. Get checked out and be persistent in getting diagnosed and treated.
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replied November 15th, 2009
Hi

I too have had this pulse in my left ear for 2 months now.
It all started after visiting my Chiropractor one night, who adjusted my neck.
This pulse comes and goes mainly in the morning or night (when its a little quiter)only last for a brief moment.
If I put my finger in my ear, I cant hear the pulse anymore, yet when I remove it - there it is.

My Dr believes it was blocked sinuses and gave me a course of antibiotics, however this has not resolved the problem.

My ear feels as though its slighty blocked.
The muscles in my left shoulder are knotted
My Blood Pressure reading recently was 170/100 the highest its ever been (140/80 is my normal rate)
My Dr doesnt believe I have Hypertension and put it down to recent events in my private life.

Any one have anything to advise me on?
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replied December 11th, 2009
Hearing my pulse.
I could hear my heart beat * checked it with my pulse.
Last month I had an endocardectomy.... it seems I was hearing the "bruit" which was the sound of the blood forcing past the blocked area in my artery. My primary doctor heard it with his stethoscope and he sent me right away for tests. Now I don't hear it any more. You might discuss it with your doctor.... I could have had a stroke
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replied December 30th, 2009
i hear the heartbeating in the ears too
im 30 yrs old and i have this heart beat in my ears 4 about the past year its getting more intense before it would come and go i thought it was anxiety but i know its not this is really scary cuz when i start too walk or do daily activitys or just sit or sleep its a constant heart beat in both ears im sitting here typing and i can hear it im worried cuz i was told it could be something wrong with my heart or the vessels my eye dr. found out that my eye pressure was extremely high and has requested a mri on the brain hope to get answers soon and hope its something they can fix it fells like somethings gonna burst inside me very scary
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replied January 2nd, 2010
I had the same thing and went to my doctor. She told me that it's the beginning of artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) - so i'm on Crestor and have definitely changed my diet. Surprisingly, the whoosing sound has diminished since i began the diet and medication changes. This is NOT an ear infection but you should go to your doctor if it persists. It could be a warning sign.
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replied January 11th, 2010
Hearing a constant whooshing or heartbeat-like sound is often diagnosed as pulsatile tinnitus. PT is not a condition; it's actually a symptom of an underlying condition. Many, many different conditions can cause PT.

I have had PT for almost one year. It can provoke extreme anxiety, depression and fear, but I don't need to tell those of you who have it. You know. Also, because it is rare, few medical professionals see an individual with PT in their career if their practice is not devoted in part to pulsatile tinnitus. Even ENTs may not be experts on pulsatile tinnitus. You may need to see a neurotologist.

PT is distinguishable from "regular" non-pulsatile tinnitus in many ways. One of the most important is this: if the underlying cause is discovered it can often be remedied. That is not the case with non-pulsatile tinnitus.

Many of us have a variety of tests only to be told there's nothing wrong and that we have to "live with it." This is the line that doctors tell sufferers of regular tinnitus, for which there is no cure. Ask yourself this: has the doctor eliminated all the possible causes of your PT before telling you this?

There is an online support forum about pulsatile tinnitus and for individuals who suffer from it at whooshers dot com. Do a search for "whooshers" to find it.

Read more about PT. Educate yourself. Tell your doctor you're not alone. You're not alone. Demand that they look into your PT further or find a doctor who will.
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replied March 3rd, 2010
I hear my heart beat in my left ear
I too have the same problem where I hear my heartbeat in my left ear occassionaly.But I'm wondering if this is somehow connected to my bouts with motion sickness? I am no stranger to rare disorders-I have been diagnosed with Arnold-Chiari Malformation with Syringomyelia and also Tethered Cord Syndrome- Yes I have had surgery for both.
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replied March 14th, 2010
Gusess Work is not the answer
Cant help noticing that we all suffer from this copndition and yet no one Dr can pin point an ACTUAL diagnosis.

What this tells me is that it is:

1. It is not a common ailgment
2. Drs dont really know.

Possibilities and hyertheticals are no good to us sufferers.

Is there a Medical Specialist out there that knows this condition and advise I can take to mback to my GP's and get this bloody problem identified and resolved.
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replied March 18th, 2010
pulsing in my ears
i've had this now for a few weeks. It happened last week after I'd been out and had appetizers and two drinks. Tonight again after I ate two plates of pasta..I don't think my heart is beating as fast as this pulsing, so more apt to think it's a blood vessel thing, but it's also sinus time, so not sure...
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replied April 13th, 2010
hear pulse in left ear
I too have the pulsating left ear. I finally went to the doctor, and my BP was higher than normal, so they sent me for an ultrasound on my carotid arteries, which came back normal. I now have another appt to check the blood pressure again. They checked my ears and eardrum, and it is not an ''ear'' problem. I am nervous b/c no one seems to know, although I dont see it being anything good when it comes from nowhere and goes to the beat of my pulse.......I am only 34yrs old, I am overweight, but my cholesterol is good.
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replied April 24th, 2010
Hear Heart Beats in my ear -- A Lucky Try, it worked!!
A lucky try and worked, would like to share ...

I got the same problem in my left ear 2 nights ago, whooshing whole night. Even I tried to comfort myself that I CAN my own hearbeat, still was pretty depressing to find many of you still suffering for some time.

Well, last night one lucky try put the problem behind me!! Holding my nose tight, and blowing hard, then I heard my both ears popped (especially left one). It worked, stopped hearing the heart beats!! This morning, it came back, but I did the same blow, worked again!!

Hope it works for everone!!
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replied April 27th, 2010
whooshing and hearing pulsing in left ear...just started today
oh wow...I need to get a check up and also for now the remedy worked of holding my nose and blowing. Grateful, even for a temporary reprieve. I am afraid of possible stroke. I am 63 female, and I have a friend who had one in her early 50''s without warning. She seemed in fine health, as do I. So, I am going to check my blood pressure tomorrow. All those tests...I can''t afford right now. Hope this disappears. May be sinuses for me. I have had allergies, with all the side symptoms.
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replied April 29th, 2010
temporary solution for ears whoosing
Hinani,

After 3-4 times of popping my ears, noise has been gone since. But can''t agree more that popping ear presure by holding nose & blow is only temporary solution. We still need to take care our underlined health issues.

In the meantime easy workout, such as walking, stretch your body can help a lot. Take care.
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replied May 2nd, 2010
ask to have an MRA
Have your doctor order an MRA with contrast. It found that I had an aneurysm of my carotid artery and could have had a stroke. Required a stent through an angiogram.
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replied May 12th, 2010
Pulse sound on left ear
I am a 25 yr old female, I first started to hear my pulse on my left ear about 1 year ago after my doctor told me I had Iron def. I started taking Iron pills and a few days later the pulse sound stopped. I stop taking the iron pills after a few weeks and a few days later the sound started again. thats my cue to start taking the iron again, I never went back to the doc. I have no pain, just the sound drives me crazy at night, if you sleep on the side you hear it, the sound stops. The iron pills deff. helped me.
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replied January 2nd, 2012
heart beat pounding in my ears!
I am overweight and I have iron anemia.. my most recent hemoglobin (however it's spelled) was a 8! It's been lower and I've been admitted for an iron infusion which I will have again in a week or so when my doctor is back from vacation. In the meantime I find that when I'm upset or anxious or move around kinda fast the nosie really intensifys and it also causes me to have really bad migraines.. I've been prescribed BUT/APAP/CAF.. IT HELPS with the headaches..but doesn't help with thr irritability and mood swings that the constant beating brings on.... I've had an MRI with contrast and found out nothing! So u may not want to waste your money on that test best have someone test your hemoglobin and hematacrit may be more beneficial. I've asked 3 three doctors and no one seems to know the root cause...my best guess is....because of the lack of oxygen in my blood cells from the anemia it's causiing the blood vessels to work much harder to keep up with my body's needs. Hopefully the iron infusion will help. I'm also taking a rx Iron supplement 2 tabs 2x per day and taking liquid iron and my iron is still low based on my aggressive approach to putting iron in my diet. Hope this helps someone who's looking for answers and solutions that seeem really hard to come by... Take Care and God Bless
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replied May 12th, 2010
I am a 25 yr old female, I first started to hear my pulse on my left year about 1 year ago after my doctor told me I had Iron def. I started taking Iron pills and a few days later the pulse sound stopped. I stop taking the iron pills after a few weeks and a few days later the sound started again. thats my cue to start taking the iron again, I never went back to the doc. I have no pain, just the sound drives me crazy at night, if you sleep on the side you hear it, the sound stops
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