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August 1st, 2006
Re: Heartbeat In Left Ear--please Read
georgetheronni wrote:
hello, my name is ronni.




I have a condition known as pulsatile tinnitus. Any number of things can cause it, and it is not common. (as I have found that no cases are reported even in this forum!) it is my hope that someone will come looking , and may be able to give advice---i have yet to find out what causes my pt, but I have lived with it for a year now. I invite anyone interested to respond to this message, and I will give details of my experience.

To describe: pulsatile tinnitus is a sensation/audible pulse heard in one or both ears; sound of heart-beat in ear, especially at night or when under stress or exertion; causes are numerous, but most commonly seem to be related to sinus/middle ear problems (pressure in my case);also with high blood pressure, a "narrowing" of the carotid artery, or vein running too close to ear-drum. Less common, but still worrisome is a "glomous" or benign tumor growing on the auditory nerve.




In my case, I saw an ent many months ago, with very little information about pt. I am uninsured, and as he said, without an mri, none of the above causes can be ruled out. So he gave me a steroid shot and flonase and pronounced me cured. Guess what? It's back, and worse than ever!




If anyone is experiencing similar symptoms, or has any suggestions about alternative methods of treating this confounding condition (such as acupuncture and/or herbal treatments) I would be most appreciative. Just to commisserate with someone or "brainstorm" about possible causes would do me fine. Thanks for listening. (i'm glad I still can!)

peace, out- ronni
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replied August 1st, 2006
Re: Heartbeat In Left Ear--please Read
lips wrote:
georgetheronni wrote:
hello, my name is ronni.
I have off and on a pulse in my left ear. It seemed to start when I poked it. It continued for months, but I went to the doctor and she said it looked like water on it and it would dry up, even quicker if I held my nose and blew out my ears. It did not get better. Then I got some other sort of infection and had to take antibiotics. As soon as I took my first pill that noise went away. It came back again, but went away. I recently had it the worst a few days ago after I went swimming. It was very loud but it went away, came back a day later but quieter, then disappeared. I went swimming today but did not get it (or at least yet). It is not painful. It is worse at night because it is quiet and there are no noises going on to mask the pulsing sound. It is actually the same day and night. To ronni




i have a condition known as pulsatile tinnitus. Any number of things can cause it, and it is not common. (as I have found that no cases are reported even in this forum!) it is my hope that someone will come looking , and may be able to give advice---i have yet to find out what causes my pt, but I have lived with it for a year now. I invite anyone interested to respond to this message, and I will give details of my experience.

To describe: pulsatile tinnitus is a sensation/audible pulse heard in one or both ears; sound of heart-beat in ear, especially at night or when under stress or exertion; causes are numerous, but most commonly seem to be related to sinus/middle ear problems (pressure in my case);also with high blood pressure, a "narrowing" of the carotid artery, or vein running too close to ear-drum. Less common, but still worrisome is a "glomous" or benign tumor growing on the auditory nerve.





In my case, I saw an ent many months ago, with very little information about pt. I am uninsured, and as he said, without an mri, none of the above causes can be ruled out. So he gave me a steroid shot and flonase and pronounced me cured. Guess what? It's back, and worse than ever!





If anyone is experiencing similar symptoms, or has any suggestions about alternative methods of treating this confounding condition (such as acupuncture and/or herbal treatments) I would be most appreciative. Just to commisserate with someone or "brainstorm" about possible causes would do me fine. Thanks for listening. (i'm glad I still can!)

peace, out- ronni
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replied August 1st, 2006
Re: Heart Beat In Left Ear
coco6366 wrote:
i also have a hear beat sound in my left ear that I can feel pulsating at times. It started as a whooshing sound & I went to my family Dr. That said it was a ear infection & gave me an antibiotic. It only got worse & turned into a heart beat sound that I can mostly hear at night. I went to an ent who sent me for an mri,mrv & mra. All came back negative. I went to a neurosurgeon who sent me for a cat scan & even a cerebrael angiogram which also came back negative. This sound drives me crazy & I have spent so much time trying to reslolve it with no help. Has anyone else had these tests? Has anyone found a cure, anything to stop the sound?

you can only mask the sound, not get rid of it. Try putting a fan on at night, even in the winter or any other noise you dont find bothersome while trying to sleep.
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replied August 15th, 2006
Re: Heartbeat In Left Ear--please Read
Hi ronnie

just thought i'd drop a line to say that I suffer exactly the same thing and mine gets pretty bad it started about 3 years ago and the doctors are just starting to help, I had an mri yesterday hoping it would rule out what it was but i'm a little disappointed to learn that nothing can be done and that I may have to live with the banging for the rest of my life. With my thump i'm finding that it is affecting my hearing and I am only 23 when the noise is really bad if I press the side of my neck where my pulse is it stops in my ear but soon returns when I leave go. I also suffer alot of migraines sometimes it gets that bad I just want to rip my ear out, its definatly a vein to close to my ear drum.

Do you know anything that I can do to either reduce the noise???

Will look forward to your reply

jill
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replied August 18th, 2006
Heartbeat In Your Left Ear
I have been hearing my heart beat in my left ear for about 2 weeks now,i have read every ones replys on the subject what I have been doing is I stopped smoking 5 days ago,i have cut down on caffine to two a day and try to stay busy instead of sitting around thats when I hear it the most,and when I do sit around I try to relax it seems to help alittle its the worst in the morning when I get up out of bed. And after reading every ones replys I really dont think the doctor is going to help. I feel fine and I dont think I have high blood pressure,i have cut back on salt in my food just in case,also I had a pool put in around two weeks ago maybe it has to do with the water because it does seem to be my sinuses ,any suggestions? Thanks.
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replied August 19th, 2006
Heartbeat In Right Ear
Hi everyone.

Don't know yet if my problem is related, but would like to know if anyone out there has had simular symtoms.

Three weeks ago, I woke up with a twitch (more like vein pulsating-though vein is not visible) under my right eye in what I refer to as bag under eye. No pain associated. It is constant.

Two weeks later, I start to hear my heartbeat in my right ear. Again, no pain associated and it is constant.

This coming monday, I am making a doctors appt.

Also, I have never had any sinus and/or ear problems.

Thanks,
roxie
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replied September 7th, 2006
Pulsitile Tinnitis Yes I Have This.
I have had a heartbeat in my ears or head or neck for about two months now.My bp and heart rate are good and I don't suffer from dizziness or other symptoms.I have been reading online many many many sources of good information about pt..But alot of it has scared me into thinking that I might be at risk for something horrible.One evening as I sat and started researching again I ran across a website that was called ask an expert..I wasn't even sure at the time where it was and I bookmarked it along with over one hundred others.This one was different ,it had a man that was answering questions about hearing noises in your ears and other maladies.I wasn't even sure he was a doctor at the time but I wrote him none the less and told him that I understood that pt was perhaps a life threatening illness and was scared and didn't know how much time that I had before I might fall fatally ill to this problem.To my surprize he wrote me back and told me that 40 percent of the world population has tintinus and that 17 percent was pulsative..This just means ability to hear your heart.He told me that "certainly not" to being life threatening and he said that even he had it since he was very young and now he was 60 plus and found it even very comforting.He was very kind and professional and also let me know that I could find the most up to date information on his website about the causes, and effects of this illness.He has been doing research on this issue for many years,has been in major newspapers and journals and even has a book about the problem.I just thought that I would mention this to all of you that have this issue.I just read about pt in an article on his website called "things that go bump in the night".I feel that anyone experiencing this would benefit by reading his website and I think you will find comfort in his words and knowledge. I don't think that you are going to find them in a "white coat"..But by all means if you think for any reason you may have an issue with your health please visit your ent doctor or gp...I just wanted to help others that were unnerved by what they found about pt on the internet..His name is jonathan hazell and his website is http://www.Tinnitus.Org. Hope this helps you as much as it has me..I can't tell you the hours of anxiety and depression pt has caused me for nothing..
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replied October 24th, 2006
Re: Heartbeat In Left Ear--please Read
I have experienced listening to my heartbeat particularly at night and believe it to be caused by an ear infection that is a result of moisture accumulating in the ear canal. I have found that a simple low cost remedy is working for me. I use a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% rubbing alcohol and apply to my left ear with an eye dropper. So far it has worked like a champ. The heartbeat sound in my left ear disappears. I believe the next step is to work on shielding my ears when showering to prevent or minimize the water input to the ear canals. Hope this works for some of the folks experiencing difficulty with this problem. Gainkaptol1





georgetheronni wrote:
hello, my name is ronni.




I have a condition known as pulsatile tinnitus. Any number of things can cause it, and it is not common. (as I have found that no cases are reported even in this forum!) it is my hope that someone will come looking , and may be able to give advice---i have yet to find out what causes my pt, but I have lived with it for a year now. I invite anyone interested to respond to this message, and I will give details of my experience.

To describe: pulsatile tinnitus is a sensation/audible pulse heard in one or both ears; sound of heart-beat in ear, especially at night or when under stress or exertion; causes are numerous, but most commonly seem to be related to sinus/middle ear problems (pressure in my case);also with high blood pressure, a "narrowing" of the carotid artery, or vein running too close to ear-drum. Less common, but still worrisome is a "glomous" or benign tumor growing on the auditory nerve.




In my case, I saw an ent many months ago, with very little information about pt. I am uninsured, and as he said, without an mri, none of the above causes can be ruled out. So he gave me a steroid shot and flonase and pronounced me cured. Guess what? It's back, and worse than ever!




If anyone is experiencing similar symptoms, or has any suggestions about alternative methods of treating this confounding condition (such as acupuncture and/or herbal treatments) I would be most appreciative. Just to commisserate with someone or "brainstorm" about possible causes would do me fine. Thanks for listening. (i'm glad I still can!)

peace, out- ronni
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replied November 27th, 2006
I've been a musician playing in live rock bands since high school. I'm now 42 and out of the music biz. I never wore any type of hearing protection and developed a high-pitched ringing in both ears many years ago. 2 days ago, I noticed the heartbeat sound in my right ear. The first night I could only hear it at night. Now i'm hearing it all day long. I've also been feeling "under the weather" for the past couple of days. My wife is a nurse and checked my blood pressure, which is normal. I'm not overweight and I am fairly active. This is either a worsening of the ringing (which I assume is tinnitus), or has something to do with my feeling sick for the past few days. I'll be seeing my doctor asap
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replied December 3rd, 2006
Heart Sound In Ear
Wow! - great to find this place.... Sometimes I feel so alone with this dual buzzing and blood whooshing sound.

Great to read through these posts. I have similar problems and have some thoughts.

The ringing in my ears started many years ago and struck me like a speeding freight train. It was so scary that I was unable to concentrate on anything at all. The interesting thing is that it arrived two days after an excessive dental appointment where I had 6 fillings with amalgam.

Went for every test possible and they all came back non-conclusive. With a sound test they did however confirm that I had lost my high frequency range of hearing (of course I had - it had been replaced with the ringing)

i now have an intolerance to multiple sounds and find it impossible to listen to two people at once - well I have learned to live with it. My treatment is to try and not become too tired - it seems to be much louder then.

The whooshing blood sound in my ears started about 1 year ago and I lay in bed at night listening to the rhythm of my heart. The interesting thing is that the docs are presently checking for possible vaso constriction problems.

I have poor peripheral circulation and often have tingling in fingers and toes. If I scratch myself around the top of my sock, I often get little ulcers and it takes a long time to heal.

I mentioned to my doc that I had probs with my feet and asked him if a blood vessel was constricted in my ear, would the blood going through it tend to whoosh under pressure. He became excited and said there is a possibility. Going back for more tests in a couple of days.

Has anyone else had circulatory problems like what I described?
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replied December 4th, 2006
I have the exact same problem. Sleeping on my left side, and I can clearly hear the noise in my left air. Sleep on my right side, and it doesn't really anooy me/isn't noticeable.
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replied January 10th, 2007
I have been having the same problem with hearing my heartbeat/blood flowing in my right ear. My ear was also plugged up I even still heard the whoosh whoosh. I went to the doctors and they flushed out my ear and it is unplugged but still whooshing. I went back to the doctor and they gave me antibiotics and it didn't help much. It's swooshing away and I can actually feel it like tingling/vibrating in my ear. My face/nose sometimes feel numb and I get headache/dizzy. If I press down on a spot on my neck it fades but then I feel it pulsing in my head. I have a bunch of wax build up still and I just got my ear flushed out a month ago??? Any ideas on what the problem could be?
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replied January 10th, 2007
I forgot to mention I also have it in my left ear. But it's just kind of a thump thump thump not a swoosh and I can't hear it over the swooshing in my right ear. There is also a buzzing sound coming out of my left ear. Crying or Very sad
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replied February 4th, 2007
Heartbeat In Ear Temporary Solution
I have had the sound of the heartbeat in my right ear for 9 weeks I have had a sonar of the arteries in my neck and mri of my brain (all test came back fine). I have seen four doctors. The last doctor (oto-neurlogist in birmingham, al) said he sees about 2 people a month for this and most of the time it it is women. He said in most cases it could be an increase in spinal fluid around the brain due to 10-15 lb weight gain. When I hear the sound at work or tying to go to sleep I have been using an ear plug in the problem ear it make the heartbeat noise go away while it is in. Try it and let me know if it works for you.
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replied February 7th, 2007
Beating Ear Drum
I also have a pulsating left ear drum. I can hear my heart beat - very bloody annoying. Is this directly related to high blood pressure, or are there other causes????
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replied February 28th, 2007
Pulsatile Tinnitus
I read some posts on this PT. I have the same thing, I have seen a MD/ ENT and so forth. I was diagnosed with depression and allergies and fatigue. I was told that it was in my head,,,, pardon the pun. I am so glad I am not alone and I can't believe I actually saw these posts. I have been searching for 2 years now on what this could be. It is only in 1 ear and it gets so loud that I actually have hearing difficulty out of that ear. Has anyone been able to stop it? Mine actually went away for a few months, but I ended up with SEVERE Vertigo and now it is back. I don't believe it is just in my head, I think there is really something wrong. I am unable to turn my head certain ways, because of the vertigo and my balance is really off and I really believe it is because of this swooshing in my ear. When it was gone for those few short months I did not have a balance problem or the vertigo.
Can anyone give me suggestions????
Lisa
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replied April 17th, 2007
Hello everyone,

I too recently started hearing the "whooshing" sound in my left ear which is very annoying. I was beginning to believe that it was something that was normal yet aggravating. No one in my family had any idea what I was trying to explain to them which made it even more frustrating. I am going to go in to see my neurologist in a few days so maybe she can help. I also have a vns implant that I thought could be my problem (which I don't think is the problem anymore). I am glad to see that I am not alone. Thank you all and good luck.
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replied June 11th, 2007
a Potential Cure
I have had a similar problem to what is described above for over two years. I hear my heartbeat in my right ear all day every day, at varying volumes but it is always present. Pressing on the artery does help in my case. This weekend I moved from an apartment to a house and the dust made my allergies act up so I started taking Zyrtec (a prescription for seasonal allergies) on Saturday. Sunday night I was sitting in a quiet room and realized the sound is gone. It is now Monday at noon and I have not heard it since. I took 10 mgs of Zyrtec each morning. I always believed this was a vascular problem and not related to sinus or allergies because the ENT told me that it was probably because of blood pressure even though my blood pressure is generally very low. I'm not sure if it actually is an allergy that causes the noise and the Zyrtec is treating the allergy or if the cure is just an unintended side effect of the medication, but it works. I can't believe it, it has been over two years and all of a sudden I can enjoy silence. I'll check back in a week and let everyone know if it continues to work. If you have this condition, you know how frustrating it is and I recommend that everyone tries the Zyrtec (or maybe another allergy med) to see if it can help you too. Good luck.
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replied July 2nd, 2007
Tinitus - Pulse In Ear
I have the Pulse Noise or "BRUIT" in my left ear. I have had this for 20+ years. I deal with it by running a Fan in my room or using a "WHITE NOISE" machine that you can buy that replicates various constant background noises. This also has a timer that turns off after 1 hour to save power. The cause of my Ear Noise is a Dural Arteriovenous Malformation or AVM. Sad These can be further researched on the WEB. Mine specifically is referred to as a Dural AVM Fistula. Not everyone has this severe of a problem, but a CT Scan can quickly rule this out.
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replied July 13th, 2007
Loud Heart Beat In Ear
Hi, just read your post. I have the same problem. When I first went to the ENT it was because there was fluid causing that soud you get when you have water in your ears, I also had some hearing loss. The ENT pierced my eardrum and used suction to remove the "gunk". The problem didn't go away, so the next step was a myringotomy (I had a tube inserted in the eardrum of my left ear. The pulse sound is just as bad 4 weeks after surgery, so now my ENT is going to schedule me for an MRI to see if she can find the cause. I don't know if anything can be done though.
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