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Heartbeat In Left Ear--please Read (Page 1)

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.

I will have to keep this brief because my sp tends to cut me off--

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 May 5th, 2005
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Hey george,
i sometimes hear a "heartbeat" in my ear when I am stressed. Not all the time but sometimes when I am nervous and scared and its quiet I do hear something. Omg, will I have to go to an ent. :cry: :( i'm scared. Thanks for letting me know. I don't know whether i'll go to the dr, but at least now I know it has a name...
Good luck, keep me posted about this if you can...Thnx.
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replied July 14th, 2005
Hey everybody,

i am having the same problem. It just started a few weeks ago. I am prone to sinus infections and I am under a little stress due to fathering a newborn last week.

This is the first i've heard of it. I just did a search for "medical+heartbeat+ear".

If you have any links that might be helpful for me to read up on this condition, I would really appreciate it.

Steve
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replied July 29th, 2005
This condition can be the result of toxic effects of certain antibiotics or chemotherapy, heavy exposure to carbon monoxide or heavy metals - even too much aspirin. It can be exaccerbated by too much caffeine.


Another consideration is food sensitivites. Susceptible people may be sensitive to foods that contain salicylates, such as almonds, apples, berries, cherries,grapes, cucumbers, peaches, pickles, plums, raisins, tomatoes etc.


Cordyceps extract is sometimes helpful when there is a fluid accumulation.


A good tcm (traditional chinese medicine)practitioner can usually help.


Gg
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replied October 12th, 2005
Heartbeat In Ear
This thread is a bit old but i'd like to add my experience.

I have been getting the sensation of my heartbeat in my ear more frequently for the past two weeks. It does not pulse in time with my heart so i'm sure it's not my actual heartbeat.

It's more annoying than a concern but it adds to my overall anxiety as i've been trying to deal with an irregular heartbeat. I have extra heartbeats and it becomes quite distracting as I can feel the extra heartbeats through my skin right at my heart. I suffer from slight hypertension so I take a low dose of atacan.

All in all, I am a healthy person but I can't help catastrophizing that all these symptoms add up to some ominous. I guess it is something that I need to learn how to cope with although my mind gets the better of me more often than not.

All the best to anyone else struggling with their own situation.
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replied October 13th, 2005
Heartbeat In Ear
Hello,

i have experienced this for a few years. It has gotten worse in the last few weeks. In addition to the usual heartbeat sound (in my right ear only) which comes and goes and usually lasts about 24 hours, I have recently started hearing a popping or tapping sound not related to my heart rhythm. I have been to my gp who has now referred me to an ent. From what I can tell from various websites (google pulsatile tinnitus and you will find lots of info) there are many physiological causes of this, and some sort of scan (mri or ct) should be used to rule out any vascular abnormalities or tumours. I am worried that they will find something but at least it will be an explanation for this troublesome condition. I am also worried that nothing will show up because on one of the websites it states:

"it is our sincere hope that everyone who experiences pulsating tinnitus will pursue a thorough medical evaluation to locate the cause, if possible. There is a lot of research and reports about methods for repairing the problems that create the disturbing symptoms of pulsitile tinnitus. At the same time, there are many cases of pulsitile tinnitus which are not pinpointed, and these tend to fall into the idiopathic category (meaning unknown causes). Individuals with pulsitile tinnitus who find that the initial imaging results do not reveal abnormalities should insist on further examination and investigation. It is apparently possible to misread or miss these pulsitile tinnitus trouble spots that may be tangled in other structures or hidden by bone or other tissue. Newer techniques regarding pulsitile tinnitus have been employed that help determine the site of lesion in the majority of pulsitile tinnitus cases. The cure rates for pulsitile tinnitus are quite high, once the problem area has been identified."

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replied October 13th, 2005
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I know someone like that, she is a very anxious, stressed and hyper person with high blood pressure, I keep on telling herr to slow down, breathe, take a break, and she says it helps, I am no Dr. Though.
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replied January 1st, 2013
High blood pressure...
Indeed, high blood pressure can cause this, alcohol can also cause it temporarily (minute to a coupe of hours), anxiety and stress are also inducing factors.
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replied October 14th, 2005
Found Relief From Swooshing, Pressure Heartbeat In Ear
I have dealt with such a thing for 2-3 years now(of a on), and have found relief!!!
I have asthma and allergies for a very long time, and even though I may not be sick or have a stuufy nose, my head is still congested. I didn't really know that it was congestion, but I couldn't comprehend and concentrate as well as I used to and my ear swhooshed like a heartbeat (it reminded of what I heard when I had an ear infection one time when I was 21) but I did not have an ear infection or high blood pressure. I eventually tied walmart's brand decongestant extended release, and the next day, I was able to get up early in the morning and be very awake, my mind was clear to the point that I had not realized I had been living in such a fog. I am an intelligent person, but I surely had not been acting it the past year or so. I decided to take them daily-it gives you awesome cotton mouth! But I felt so great. I'd trade for that for clarity and no more whooshing. It's just not the whooshing, but the pressure also. Now, I also have a special eye problem in which I see a unique specialist who also does homeopathic meds and accupuncture. She was concerned over long-term effects from the decongestants so she recommended a daily chinese herb. And it works!! So now I have found relief and it is decent for my body! The name of it is "er chen wan". I usually get my bottles from her, but you can also find them on the web. Just put a search for chinese herbs or the actual name of it, and you will be able to take your pick from which company to order from. They are tiny dark pellet-looking pills and the box recommends you take 8 pills 3x's a day, but my dr said 4 pills 2x's a day and that has worked. Because it is an herb for helping your body, it takes it a couple of weeks to infiltrate your system, but once it is there and you stop taking it for any reason, it usually takes only a few days to get total relief again.

I hope that this helps you, I know what it is like to have such an ailment and how it affects your life.

Angie
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replied April 18th, 2012
I have had this whooshing heartbeat sound in my ear that kind of pulsates through my head and I find it quite scary! Wondered if it was my heartbeat but it is quite irregular. It lasts for about an hour and noises like tv or the fridge come and go with the whoosh of the beat. It is quite annoying. It begins faster and gradually slows over the hour until it is suddenly gone. I was thinking of asking the doctor about it because it has been doing this every day for the last three days for some reason. I thought I'd look for some answers on the net......thanks for sharing about this problem!
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replied April 18th, 2012
I have had this whooshing heartbeat sound in my ear that kind of pulsates through my head and I find it quite scary! Wondered if it was my heartbeat but it is quite irregular. It lasts for about an hour and noises like tv or the fridge come and go with the whoosh of the beat. It is quite annoying. It begins faster and gradually slows over the hour until it is suddenly gone. I was thinking of asking the doctor about it because it has been doing this every day for the last three days for some reason. I thought I'd look for some answers on the net......thanks for sharing about this problem!
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replied June 12th, 2012
I looked up Er chan wan and it is not suitable for high blood pressure and diabetes which I have both. Both conditions are under control right now but I am not sure I should be taking this anyway. I'll consult my doctor. I have been dealing with this heartbeat in my right for years and years and have never consulted medical help until here recently. It is annoying more than anything. there's no pain or anything associated with it. just the annoying sound.
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replied November 3rd, 2005
Heartbeat In Your Ears Huh!
This is not funny and should be taken seriously. The reason why you hear a heartbeat in your ears, some what like a pulse sound is because you were probably chipped when you wher a small child by vaccines, flu shots, surgery's etc... Yes the type of chip they put on sexual predators.
This is not a lie. If you haven't had no head trauma chances are your are chip.
The chip is harmfull...
You can disable their mind control effects with a combination of herbal plants or a rare earth magnet. 70cents each,.



Http://www.Educate-yourself.Org/mc/

http://www.Tearingdownstrongholds.Com/dete ct-chips.Htm

http://www.Mythnlynx.Com/hhg.Html#hgnm2
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replied November 4th, 2005
Ear Candles
I have tmj and grind at night, but this ear thing is new in the last 2 years. It doesn't seem related to stress or caffeine- I usually have neither, but I wonder if it's b/c I sometimes use q-tips in my ears b/c the only solution ive found is ear candles. It doesn't stay gone forever, but for 4-6 months usually. Pay someone or have someone help if candleing is new for you. How many of you are scuba divers or live or travel to high altitudes? B/c sometimes it will go away temporarily just by popping my ears. ??? Good luck.... Especially you agent mulder ; )
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replied November 26th, 2005
Benign Positional Vertigo - Treatment Worked
I went to a neurologist and was diagnosed with a simple condition called benign positional vertigo. This condition is related to fragments of bone chips that flake in your ear and cause dizziness and other complications. There is a easy cure for it that has worked for me. I had the heartbeat in my right ear for two weeks and it went away in one day after following the prescribed procedure called an epley manuever. It is worth researching and trying. You can find the information about this condition on hosppract.Com...Search past articles for positional vertigo and it should take you to the first article on the varieties of vertigo by robert baloh, u of california. If you scroll down the article it will show the epley manuever. Looks complicated at first but it's easy to do at home.

This sounds too good to be true, but it has worked repeatedly for my vertigo and recently heartbeat sound in ears.

Good luck!
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replied January 25th, 2006
Heartbeat In Ear
I also have been hearing my heartbeat in my left ear, it sounds like a swoosh-swoosh. It started when I was about 6 months pregnant, I am now three months post pardum and it is still here. Lately it has been louder and driving me mad, so I went to a neurologist who is doing a work-up for a carotid artery-cavernous sinus fistula ( it sounds very scary!) it is not usually life threatening, although vision loss can occur. Often the eye on that side will be red and gunky. It occurs mostly in middle aged women (i am only 26) or after head traumas. So, for now we are doing an mri/mra and if that doesn't show anything (it is often hard to see) then we will do an angiogram of those vessels. I am a bit nervous, especially because of the fact that I have a new baby. Hopefully we will figure it out.
Hope this helps.
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replied January 28th, 2006
I Also Hear My Heartbeat In My Left Ear
Hi all,

i also ave the very annoying problem with hearing my heartbeat in my left ear. It is constant and I have been suffering for about a year now. I have only just got referred to an ent specialist and one of my doctirs even had the nerve to tell me that my problem is normal, i'd like her t have this problem and tell me that it is normal. I frequently get times when I get up from a resting position where I can hear nothing but loud banging in my ear it does eventally get better but is always there. As I am sitting here now I can hear my heart beat, even with the tele on. I also find it is affecting my hearing. I really hope I can fin the cause of this once I finally see the ent specialist. It was a relief to know that others are suffering from this problem as I thought I was going mad.
Atima.
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replied January 30th, 2006
I have has this before as well and it can be very annoying. I finally went to an herbalist and a nutritionist and found out it was built up toxins in my body. So I had to do a purifying and detoxifying program. It was the best thing I have done, it is amazing how much toxins we have in our body from enviroment and our food. I hope this helps you, you can find an herbalist on line!
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replied February 16th, 2006
Heartbeat In Left Ear
I am soo glad to know that I am not the only one suffering from this troubling problem. I have had this problem since I was a child. When I move from sitting to lying; sitting to standing position; etc my ear swishes and I can feel the heart beat in my ear. I am now 34 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first child. I am sooo scared now that I have a circulation problem in myarteries/veins or have a brain tumor/aneurysm or something. This problem has gotten even worse with my pregnancy and I am now having throbbing in my head as well with this when I stand up. I have told my family doctor and she looks at me like i'm crazy when I describe this to her. I have seen an ent and he onlyplaced a stethescope to my neck. I am afraid that I have a terminal illness and won't live to see my child grow. However; I have had this problem all of my life...If it was an aneurysm it probably would have burst by now. Perhaps blocked artery. After the baby is born I am going to demand that my physician perform mri or angiogram on my or something. Any medical advice out there?????Please
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replied February 16th, 2006
Heartbeat In Left Ear...
I went on line to see if there was anything out there on this subject, not really expecting to find so much of you suffer the same thing! I have had this happening off and on for a couple of years, and tried not to focus on it much. However, lately it has become constant and very annoying. Actually I can hear it now, while I am writing this., usually I would mostly hear it at night in bed, when it was very quiet. I work for a pediatrician and asked about it, and it is not uncommon to hear it once in a while..
She did point out that if it is constant, then it is wise to look into the reason that could be causing it. I have yet to contact a specialist, but my main concern is that it is a serious blockage of some sort. I am just so amazed at the number of people with the same problem and plan to look into it soon. I'm having a difficult time trying to sleep now, I feel it is so loud that my husband must be able to hear it. Has anyone found a temporary way to silence this - any home remedy, etc.. Until I get to the doctor? Any suggestions welcome - thanks, linda
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replied February 27th, 2006
It amazes me how many postings I found today as compared to three years ago when my pulsitle tinitis started in my right ear . I thought I would check the web again for any info on heartbeat (hb) in ear because it kept me up last night and i'm so frustrated I could scream. It's gotten louder and more annoying. I can hear it almost always and more so in certain positions. It's a thorn in my side.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you some things i've experienced. I have great insurance and have had many tests. Here is what I have found.

Tests i've had within a year of jan 2005
carotid arteries scan
mrv
mra
mri
cat scan
artiorgram (like an angiogram, but in your brain)

results: everything is normal. Back to screaming! I should mention, I had the artiorgram because the mra indicated a possible blood clot. After prayer the atriorgram was clear.

(general) possible causes:
- high blood pressure
- blockage or narrowing of carotid arteries
- tumor in the your ear area
- calcium deposits on a thin bone in the ear ...Can't remember the name of it but can be easily corrected
- anorysm

(specific to me that I think could have contributed) possible causes:
- severe head injury when I was 5 yrs, 16 yrs & 18 yrs. 5 yrs was more severe and to my forehead, the others were less with a broken nose and fractured check.
- pre-hb I drank a protein drink daily for at least a year.
- three years ago, I had some pain in my ear to the touch, so I tugged on my earlobe and heard it pop - it eased the pain. The next time I tugged a little more and it again popped and eased the pain. Maybe I tore some tissue or dislocated a vain or caused it to lodge closer to my eardrum. At the time I didn't think anything of it. I just remembered about this incident and will tell my doctor next week when I see him.
- pre-hb I had two root canals, both on the same side that I hear the hb
- I am addicted to afrin (i couldn't breathe after the broken nose) and must use it several times a day and have since I was 20 yrs old, I am now 53.
- pre-hb I saw a chiropractor regularly who adjusted my neck
- I started hrt activila a year earlier and decided to ween off right around the same time the hb started
- I was on an celexa for eight months and weaned off a few months before
- I take blood pressure meds;benicar 20mg & toprol xl 25 mg

i'm scheduled for another mri next week because my new neurologist would like to focus on the ear area. I should mention that two weeks ago I had an ana test for lupus and it was positive. This just means one step in the lengthy process of truly diagnosing it as positive, so not confirmed that I do have it yet. If so, I could be experiencing some neurological effects, but i'm standing steadfast that I don't!

One last thing, it helps to stuff cotton in your ear to lessen the sound. That was the only way I finally fell asleep last night.

If you have any of the above specific possible causes in common with me, please let me know.
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replied October 24th, 2011
I also hear my heartbeat in my left ear as well but I had a CT Scan of my head and the results confirmed by the doctor said I have mild tinnitus which also confirms the ringing. But I went to my hearing specialist and tinnutis is caused by nerve damaged which is hearing loss and with they help of hearing aids the noise goes away but it comes back when I take them out at night. I hope this helps.
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replied March 12th, 2006
Swooshing In Ear
I also experienced the swooshing or heartbeat on my left ear and over 9 years ago, doctors told me it was a glomous tumor and I needed surgery soon. It was diagnosed quite accidentally. In fact, my regular doctor thought it was just water in my ear and was causing an infection because he could see some redness inside. What he was seeing was the tumor full of blood which is what the swooshing sound was. These tumors find blood supplies and erode whatever gets in its way. Which is what makes them dangerous if not caught. It left me with a closed ear canal, loss of hearing in that ear, some facial paralysis due to the tumor spreading to my facial nerves, but I am alive. I have yearly mris and this past january did have an abnormal one. The ent did see something but not sure what it is. I will be seeing him in a few months for another scan.
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replied March 22nd, 2006
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I have tmj and when I excercise at a high aerobic level I get a pulse in my ear that drives me crazy, only thing to make it go away is lower my pulse rate.....I'd be interested in what you find out.
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replied April 12th, 2006
Re: Heartbeat In Left Ear--please Read
Hi ronni and everyone else who posted on this topic:

thank you!! I have the same, terribly annoying condition. I do believe it is related to conscience & un-conscience anxiety and stress. I have had vertigo attacks from age 10-19, and then recently, at age 30. I am a healthy 30 year-old female, with normal blood pressure and all vitals, in good shape. 7 years ago, I did have extensive sinus surgery, and I must take claritan every day, or I can't function.

However - what I did find is that when I take some time to meditate, deep breath, and relax, this symptom seems to go away. After reading the posts, I tried applying pressure on my left neck, right below the ear of which the annoying, deafening heartbeat sounds takes place. It helps for the moment. Going to the chiropractor, helps also.

If you can't afford health insurance or don't have it, I would highly recommend daily meditation. This has helped me tremendously, as I am also an anxiety sufferer. I used to be on a cocktail of anti-anxiety medications, but nothing worked. Until I begain daily meditation, and an honest approach to how I was/am feeling.


I am willing to try anything, and these are some of the things that have worked for me.


If you suffer with this condition - you have my sympathy. Try to relax, and allow it to dissipate on its own.


Take care,
rebecca



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.

I will have to keep this brief because my sp tends to cut me off--

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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