Well lets see about 8 weeks ago i started hearing the swooshing heartbeat sound in my ear... which i might add is driving me crazy!!!! about 2 weeks later i woke up took a shower came down blow dried my hair and felt a lil wierd...went into the kitchen put some dishes away and started feeling really dizzy. Suddenly the room was spinning around me to the point where i couldn't even raise my head. I felt like i was going to pass out. I got really scared...my b/f got me a cup of tea and i started puking NON-stop uncontrollably. The ambulance took me to the hospital where they said i had vertigo....my blood pressure was also sky high. they gave me some pills and the heartbeating stopped after like 2 days and i started to feel better....but i did get the heartbeating back after like 2 weeks and it hasn't gone away....and last week woke up in the morning with the room spinning again. Like the others i'm afraid to go out - and this really weakens me. I can only pray that it goes away. But it is HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because you don't know when its going to show up. Well here's a little prayer that it goes away for ALL of us sufferers.
I have the same problem in the left ear and have been suffering with this for several years now, not knowing what caused it. It is not painful, however, when I have a cold and/or sinus congestion, it seems to be more prominent. It is especially disturbing when trying to sleep. Stress/exercise makes it more prominent. Thanks for sharing -- I have never had this condition treated and my doctor says it is a rare occurence.
i have the same problem in both my ears.....it just started this year.....just 5 mins back i got real worried and search the net for it. thanks to you i got to know its not much of a prob. but i can say its really annoying during exams lol
I am just staring with this. It happened 5 days ago. I was in my office working and it just came on. I am not sure if it's something to do with new meds I started taking. Its in my right ear. 1st it was like the wind blowing shwooshing noise and 4 days later its like a heart beat which its looks like really my heart beating. It comes and goes I hope its not going to continue. I am going to call my doctor and ask her what she thinks.
I reported some pain around my heart as well as pressure and she gave me Protonix 40mg to take twice a day. These are for inflamation medications due to my pain in chest / around heart.
Now its only one place where this hearts next to my heart. If meds don't help with in 2 weeks I am going to see a heart specialist to see the problem with my heart pain. I think the heart causes the noice in the ear for those of us who hear it as heart beat.
I am also have hyperthyroidism and I am on Levothyroxine.
I think that all of this is from my thyroids. I will keep everyone up to date with info I find out.
I have had Meniere's disease for about 15 years; the vertigo and "sea sickness" come on without notice and it is the worst feeling ever. About 5 months ago, I started with the "heartbeat" in my left ear, which is the same ear with the Meniere's disease. I went to an ENT and have lost 50% of the hearing in that ear. Does it makes sense that I can hear it now because I've lost so much of my regular hearing? The ENT did give me a maintenance diretic and the attacks seem to have subsided in their severity. I have enjoyed SCUBA diving for many years and I am now afraid I will have to give that up. Could the diving have caused this?
I had it and it drove me insane. I'm military aircrew, so I had the full regimen of tests, including MRI. The general assessment has been that, given my age, the carotid artery has become less flexible, resulting in the "rushing" sound at the rate of my heart beat being heard. It has only been in my right ear, so this assessment was suspicious.
So here is the thing - you can dismiss the following or follow up on it -- your choice. Following a medical 'cleaning' of my ears at the clinic (part of the medical examination/courses) I noticed that the sound in my ear seemed to have changed. A little later, while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, I again noticed a change after swimming. It was particularly bothersome one night (couldn't sleep) and for reasons not clear to me (desparation?) I simply put warm water into my ear canal and left it there, with my head on the pillow in such a way as to not let the water spill out. The next day, I "shook" my head to clear out the water and noticed that it was gone. I reoccured a couple times since then, but then went away completely.
The artery/nerve connection seems valid, but what is less clear is what is causing only one ear to be affected - my sense is that the warm water softens whatever soft tissue, wax, dirt is there, allowing greater clearance or something to do with less transmission of sound from blood flow.
Sounds crazy, but at least I don't have this nightmare.... for now.
I heard this sound in my left ear for the first time last night, Jan 28, 2009. I could not fall asleep, and when I finally did, I woke up in the middle of the night and could hear it. I also woke up with the heartbeat sound. I forgot about it during the day, but during quiet moments, I could hear it. It is now later in the night and I am hearing the steady beat again. It it annoying and would like to know what is causing it. As weird as this may sound I just tried popping my ears, like you would when flying, sort of like yawning and applying pressure to the ear drum at the same time. The sound has gone away, but I'm not convinced I'm cured. But for now, I'm relieved. We'll see what happens. Well, its already back. For about 5-6 minutes the sound was gone. I am almost 50 years of age and I am in very good health. I am concerned and will make an appointment with my ENT. Good luck to all. Sorry I don't have any answers at the moment. For now I'm just a member of the club. I do have a small lump or knot in the back of my neck, that I have had for a number of years. It has not gotten any larger, and a couple of doctors have said not to worry about it unless it begins to causes pain or there are changes.
I came home from work my mom who was babysitting my children was telling me about the day but I stopped her cause I really needed to use the restroom. That's where it started. Now I hear my heartbeat in my left ear. Earlier that day at work I felt dizzy. Then again today twice. Going to doctors soon. I never thought I would find other people with this.
i had this problem two days ago.. when i woke up around 4am, i felt dizzy and all the things around me are spinning. then i fell asleep again then woke up at around 7am, my left ear has decreased it's hearing ability.. when i reached school, i went to see a doctor but he found nothing wrong in my left ear...he also had my blood pressure checked but it's normal.. then when i went home at night, i started to hear this wooshing sound in my ear.. my aunt told me that i may have some mosquito or something that got into my ear but upon reading all this, i will have to ignore what my aunt has said..
i'm surprised to see that other people are experiencing this problem.. i feel really irritated about this sound because it wouldn't STOP! well at daytime, i just hear a little of this sound maybe because of many noise around me but at night! oh boy! soo irritating!.. i couldn't study at night because of this..
I have been having the whooshing sound in my ear for about 3 years. Its my right ear and it stops when I press on my neck and it gets worse if I turn my head to the left. I did some research and I come up with Venous hum. Did anyone get their doctor to say that it was from the Jugular vein?
glad to know that i am not alone. it appears that there are different types of whooshing. i do NOT have the heart beat/pulse type of whooshing. this has been six weeks long. saw an ENT today - didn't see any fluid but saw a marked decrease in hearing. i do have a history of hearing loss in my left ear. There MUST be a connection with COLD and the whooshing. Viral. Some one also went to my primary care physicial with the exact same thing the same day. The only comfort is that it is not a piercing ringing in the ear and no vertigo... i think that vertigo and the pulsating whooshing are different stuff.
Right ear throbing, stiff neck , light head , shoulder pain.
I had therapy on neck for three months and manupilation on my right shoulder two month ago. I have been sleeping on left side for 6 month .I am diabetic with insulin. (with 4 glyburide 20mg aday,levimir flex pen 20ml, 30 actos) . Recently, i feel dizizzy when i getting up and lie down for two month.I get stiff neck all the time and uneasy feel whenever move fast. I look for my safety by reach out to hold of myself balance when that happens. Couple days ago, i hear pounding like baby ultra sound my right ear and i took tylenol but doesn't go away. I have no regular medical care,now.help for advice.
Yesterday I too started getting this noisy sound, lasting for about 10 seconds each time every time it happens. I get it many times a day now, it's very annoying. My ear is sore, it's clearly related to an ongoing ear infection that I just discovered now.
I have had this problem for a few years. My primary care physician stated that it was probably fluid in my ears from chronic sinus infections. I was referred to the ENT who pronounced that my hearing was fine and it could be one of many issues but probably some unusual alignment to the artery in my neck. I have learned to ignore it most of the time but at night I cannot get to sleep anymore. I have started to listen to my ipod to fall asleep. I cannot believe all of the information about it on this blog and internet. I am happy to know I am not alone and will look into getting an MRI and further testing. Any other test recommended to probably diagnose this issue?
I tried the trick mentioned in the thread before; to press the large vein the neck and indeed it immidiate stops the sound for a few seconds. That's no long term solution of course. I cannot walk around constantly strangling myself LOL
It seems like the core of the problem is this particular vein(or another vein directly connected to it). Since most cases have involved ear infections, the most sensible hypothesis I can think of is that tissue around the vein(or the vein itself)has become inflamed and swollen so that the vein comes into contact with something it shouldn't, possible in the middle or inner ear., it seems very likely that the infection have affected the vein so that it causes this sound. The question is whether the infection was just the trigger or it's an ongoing infection that possibly causes the tissue to be permanently inflamed. There are many diseases that involves chronic infections in the human body so it sounds possible. Another possibility would be an auto-immune disease. Chrohns disease for instance is a disease that most likely is caused by one of these two things(currently science is pointing towards an infection). This ear problem could be similar who knows.
The way I look at it, the most logical way to diagnose this would be to look at the middle and inner ear and then possibly taking some samples to test for pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. If it's a viral infection it's going to be hard to test for but of course still possible.
I've had problems such as infections with my right ear in the past, several times. It often happened when I had been exposed to cold and then my ear would almost be deaf for several days unless I did something about it. I've always treated it promptly myself which made it go away in a day or two. After I discoved that my ear drum was sore this morning I just did so again and it seems to have helped very much, the sound is much less loud. The sound still comes and goes many times a day but it feels like it's getting better. I hope and pray that I won't have to endure this for many years from now on, like others have on this forum.
...the more I think this is simply an inflammation in the middle or inner ear(assuming it's the same problem that I have as you people). Today I felt like some kind of liquid was coming out along my ear drum, it felt warm but there was not enough to actually come out of my ear channel. The sound still comes and goes but only about a third as loud as when it started. It's still frustrating though. I hate this sound, seriously I find it very threatening.
Btw, the day it started I had been taking several different dietry supplements in fairly big doses for a few days before. It's strange that the first time in my life I get this thing and it's also the first time I try these supplements(l-tyrosine, acetyl l-tyrosine, l-tryptophan, l-dopa, piracetam). Perhaps I've been unknowingly feeding some kind of bacteria or fungi causing it to flare up? I know that pathogens can utilize amino acids just as well as the human body(several antibiotics targets amino acid synthesis), there may be a connection there.
Have had ear/sinus troubles all my life. At 37 I have been dealing with this swooshing related to pulse for about 8 months now. I have tried antibiotics, sinus meds, nettipot, steam, etc. I went to the gen Doc and he said I had a lot of pressure from within the ear canal on the drum which he could see and he deemed fluid. Since then have been on a plane and this gave such relief I almost cried. Just went to the ENT doc, had a hearing test, and the doc seemed unsure of the cause. he mentioned nerve damage, hearing loss, and tinnitus. He also said my eardrums were concaved which left him stupified. He recommended plugging my nose and popping my drums which offers very minor temporary relief. Day two of steroids to help and waiting. If anyone has some new insight I'm listening...
I hear my heartbeat in the right ear (started in November 0. On a scale from 1-10..it was a 9. I heard it all the time when it was quiet and even more so at night. I had two MRI's, blood work, testing for sinus and all that crazy stuff. The MRI's turned out Ok, no blockage, the veins in still working order. With the blood work, it stated that I was on the low side of Iron..not low enough for my regular physicin to put me on Iron. With the specialst, he found that with me being tired that he wanted to try the Iron (325mg 3x a day) and B12 1x a day. it has almost stopped. The only time I hear it is when I forget to take it throughout the day. Not sure if it is the B12 or the Iron...but it works and I can finally sleep! I went to three specialist becuase it was so nerve racking! I am glad I did as the last one reccomended this and it works. I also have lower blood pressure, but not enough to take anything for it. went through the tests that were mentioned above like the blood pressure test laying down, sitting up. It would also stop with the pressure on the vein. Not sure if this will work for someone else that may be have low iron and or tired all the time (I thought I was tired from not sleeping with the pounding in the ear..may have been part of it)..Good Luck! This is VERY aggrivating and annoying..I hope that everyone can find what works for them.
I am 38 years old and have had this problem for over a year. I have seen my ENT, GP, had mri and cat scan. So far they've pretty much said, "you'll have to live with it". So, tomorrow I'm going to a neurologist in hopes that he can shed some light on this problem or tell me I'm going insane!!
Well, he thinks I have an enlarged blood vessel in my neck, had an MRA performed and today. They called and said the doctor wants me back tomorrow for another MRI...a different type or area maybe??? We shall see...........