My swooshing sound started about 3 to 4 days after my neck started hurting. Pulsatile tinnitus can be caused by a number of different things from fluid in the inner ear to problems with blood vessels in the head or neck area. The blood vessels can be blocked, twisted or an artery that is connected to a vein causing a pooling. Twisted arteries usually resolve on there own. But a blocked artery needs to be resolved to prevent a possible stroke from happening. I would think that it could also be caused from a pinched blood vessel in the neck if a person is having neck problems. From all of the research I have done, people definitely need to see there doctor and insist on tests being done. My doctor could actually hear the swooshing sound when he put a stethoscope to my ears. Weird, huh?!?!
I do agree that what you have said about stiff upper back and neck have some influence on my swooshing sound, which I have began to suffer from for at least 4 0r 5 months. Also I can say that it might be that what I am hearing is the sound of blood going through my neck arteries. Every time my back or neck are painful the sound will be back at highest. And it increase at night when i head to bed and early morning when I woke up. However these are my observation and not a doctor : I am waiting for an ent appointment to come this month. It will be great if all who suffer from this problem be kind enough to list all the other conditions that may have an association with the illness, like first what medication are they on and how long have they been used ( Some drugs may have side effects), secondly what are other illnesses they suffer from, for me I am asthmatic and use inhalers such as Ventolin,I also suffer from chronic back ache and neck and I have been using heat patches to ease the pain ,thirdly have you tried any thing that helped easing the sound etc. With this we can build an information that are based on observations which all can benefit from, also illuminate uncommon causes, thanks
Ok im having this sound for 2 weeks, but its weird, when I leave my house it goes away. When I come home to my air condioning its back , and i keep it very cool in my house. When im at work or uside its ok , onl when im in the cool air. What s wrong?
Mine is in my right ear only and is only when submerged in water in the bath tub (I do this to try and relax my shoulders and neck muscles as I have constant heaadaches) so it has been really hot so I took a cool bath rather than a warm one and no noise of swooshing in my right ear.
i have had it my whole life. It is fluid. I only get it when i get water in my ears. My father would not let the doctors put tubes in my ears when i was little and now i am 26, and i have perfect earing. But it does get igoring at times. But u get used to it.
I just had the swooshing sound in my LEFT ear. I had just gotten home from a party and went to sleep by accident in the living room. While I was dreaming, I felt the swooshing and though tit was a small cockroach trying to infiltrate my ear and got up and starting shaking my head and blowing my ears out by pinching my nose and the swooshing went away. I was scared and my heart was beating rapidly. When I calmed down I thought about how a small roach would make it to my ear without me noticing because I usually feel things right away and react quickly, or just didn't want to believe that a small roach had or had not infiltrated my ear. So that's why I went online at 2 in the morning to see what's up. Then after reading everyone's comments it got me thinking it could be water or something. I did go to the beach last Saturday.I did have the fan pointing at me on high while I slept on the leather couch. Just to be sure, I will go to the doctor's and get it checked out.
I was looking to see if I could find an alternative reason to why I would hear the swooshing sound when I'm in bed and it's really quiet. "An alternative to what?" you might ask. AVM. Let me add some context first. I am adopted and I heard through the grapevine that one of my biological brothers had "tangled arteries". I googled it and found AVM = arteriovenous malformations. I highly suggest looking into this yourselves. It may not be your ears, rather what is going on behind them. AVM is congenital, but most people don't find out that they have it until their 40s when something has gone wrong, like a stroke. As serious as that last statement is, please do your best to remain calm, its in your best interest. Symptoms: (usually asymptomatic until a bleed occurs) Brain AVMs: sudden onset of a severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck (described as "worst headache of my life"), seizures, migrain-like headaches, BRUIT: AN ABNORMAL SWISHING OR RINGING SOUND IN THE EAR CAUSED BY BLOOD PULSING THROUGH THE AVM! Spinal AVMs: sudden severe back pain, weakness in the legs or arms, paralysis. How is a diagnosis made: through the usual methods first- Q & A with the doc, CT scan, MRI scan, &/or an Angiogram. I am in class now. I wanted to give you all as much info as I could in a short period of time. I feel that I have accomplished that. Pray for your selves and each other. Do your research. And no matter what, live your lives well. Because regardless of why we experience these symptoms, life is unpredictable. Live well, laugh often, and love always. God bless you. (I'll still look for other answers, and eventually I'll make a doc appt to get checked out)
I have had the same problem, swooshing in my left ear, for about 1 1/2 now. I had every test imaginable, MRI/MRA, ultrasound of the caroitid artery, CAT scans, etc. I went to my ENT and he did a test (ENG) it took about an hour. The first part was easy, the 2nd part they had to put fluid in my ears while lying down and it made me very dizzy. I threw up in the office. It came back Abnormal ENG. (It consisted of Bithermal Caloric Test, Saccade Test, Gaze Tests, Tracking Test, Potokinetic Test and Positional Tests.) The test results indicated left peripheral vesitublar involvement. It has something to do with crystals in my ear. I was given a prescription for Physcial/Occupational Therapy. I will be making an appointment.
Ear Sounds- Like Steam or Listening to a Sea Shell
I describe the sound that I have as similar to putting a seashell up to your ear and hearing the "sounds of the sea" as they call it in your ear. Mine first started 2 weeks after riding the Vortex roller coaster at Kings Island and having my head smacked from side to side. I had a severe migraine immediately, but the ear sounds began a few weeks later. I too have 2 herniated disks in my neck (still had to ride that ride though!). I also have a louder whooshing sound at times when I move my head from left to right or right to left. Whe to my beloved ENT and they did tests. Came away with a beginning blame on allergies, and a slight hearing loss. I have tried decongestants, sprays, been on antibiotics so I know there is no infection. But when I am in a quiet room it is enough to drive me crazy. It is drowned out by everyday noises at work, but I do feel that my hearing has been impacted by this to some degree. Interestingly, I noticed a few minutes of "clear" from the left ear and it was so nice. It went right to the "ssssssss" sound though after a minute or two. I have this in both ears. There has to be an answer to this? Anyone know anything to try?
I have recently got this problem to, and I honestly thnk it is caused by anxiety. I will start getting it when I am doing too much homework and when I am near finals. I have never had it before, until now when I have 16units and 1 fast track class. So we all need to find ways to relax, reduce anxiety, and stop thinking about the ear!
to me it feels like a woosh woosh woosh, like its swirling in circles. Like a laundry in my ear lol. sux...
Oh massages work great!! helps u relax soo much. I miss my bf cus he gives really good ones.
I have the same whooshing sound in my ears. It started after a cold I believe over a year ago, it lasted about 2 weeks, and finally it went away on its own. Recently I had a cold and now its back. It seems to be related to nasal congestion. I'm not all that concerned. It is rather annoying at times especially because it affects my hearing when I hear the whooshing sound. I hear it when I stand up from a sitting position, it last for about 30 seconds then stops.At times it sounds like my heart beating in my ear. I will see the doctor if it continues. I had a lot of problems with my ears as a child, earaches, etc. I also have a small hole in my eardrum. I've had hearing test years ago, and my hearing is actually good. So, I'm not sure if any of that is related to the problem I am experiencing now. I guess I'm not alone here, lol.
Hi. I am going to tell you what I have been through and then we can work together on this.
I have had 9 sets of tubes in my ears. I am 30 years old. I had my tonscils and adnoids removed at 13 I had a mastoidectomy on both ears I am pretty much def. But I have been this way all my life. So, I read lips VERY well I can understand anything if Im looking at you. I am having this wooshing sound and I dont want to spend another minute in a ear Dr. Office. I have had theee best ear Dr. his name is Tom Davis, Kingman, AZ and he is retired. so where do I go from here? back to antibiotics. PFFF. No. If anyone finds a Dr. that can help this. Please let me know.
I have the same problem, it started 3 weeks ago, it makes the whooshing noise when I'm laying down, and I think it happenings when I get too hot. It wakes me up in the night, I take my blankets off, it seems to go away, but it happens all wee hours of the morning. hmmm alot of us have it.
i have the same problem too , whooshing sounds in my left ear i went to the doctor and make many tests without any good result so after about 1 year i heard that taking 2 glasses of water early morning will be good for health and repair 70% of health problem i started taking 2to 3\ glass of water every day early morning ( and you don't have to eat for about 30 minutes )and after about 2 weeks the whooshing disappear . you can try it it's free and it is good for health and may be it will helps you to take off this wooshing
n.b you must make a neck massage too every day )
Wow lots of the same issues and no helpful cures. Bummer.
I started noticing a swooshing sound in my right ear when I'm in bed. Sounds like fluid flowing down an empty pipe.
Nobody has had any luck figuring it out?
I'm even doubting that I should go to the doctors because it looks like it's pointless.
Nobody found anything that helps?
umm i read all this info, which is really helpful, so i tried to clean my ears up with a cue tip and found that it went a lot, A LOT, deeper than normal. I felt dizzy, light headed, and almost passed out. i have been hearing this whooshing sound in my right ear and its driving me crazy! has anyone else felt this cue tip dilemma that i had?
I too have this same whooshing sound in my right ear. It started last week after a coughing fit in bed. I had whiplash about 15 years ago and have been treated by a chiroprator on and off for that. Not sure if this ear issue is related. I went to the Dr yesturday to have my ears rinsed out and all he found was a couple pieces of hair in each ear. I work with dairy goats and thought maybe a piece of hay got in there, but no. I also thought it could be premenopause related but he didn't think so. My BP was high yesturday, but it's normally around 125/85 ish ...I'm 49 years old. I just went to get my cholesterol and blood sugar tested. It's very annoying like everyone else said, especially when the room is quiet. It sounds like holding a seashell up to your ear...and mine does not go away, but is constantly there....but with no pain. Hope someone can find help with this....
Hi ... I am 28 and have suffered with this problem all my life .. I used to have lots of ear infections as a child and had gromets when i was 5 or 6 which stopped me getting them as frequently. But the noise has stayed with me on and off ... I get it when the wax builds up in my ear mostly and as I have perforated eardrums I cant get them syringed so I normally put a few drops of olive oil (from the chemist) in each ear before bed then put cotton wool in to catch the softened wax. I also get it if I have been in loud places or if I am due to get an ear infection (in these cases I can feel a little pain with the noise before the real pain of the infection kicks in. I dont think it can be pinned to any single cause but I wish there was a cure because it is so annoying.
Wow, I'm so glad I found this forum! I just got my ears flushed out yesterday (tues) because all of a sudden on Monday night I felt: pressure in my left ear, it felt plugged up but was sensitive to sound, the hearing in my left ear went up in pitch (when I talked my voice was like two-toned: normal pitch and high-pitched and music i heard sounded slightly distorted)
.....Now everything is back to normal.....
EXCEPT FOR THE SWOOSHING/ AIR RUSHING SOUND! It's driving me nuts because i've never had it before. I thought maybe I had super-sensitive hearing to the air around me because of the flushing, but no. I hear it most prominently when I'm surrounded by silence, (ie, in bed at night), and even if I plug my ear I can hear it.It's only been a day since I went to a doctor though, so I'll try living with it for a week. :/
Here's my description of the noise. it's like:
- a tiny balloon is in my ear with a tiny hole in it, and air is constantly rushing out.
- the muted sound of a faucet constantly running at the other end of the house (that's what I thought it was at first).
- when you put a shell to your ear and can hear the "ocean" except there's no shell over your ear
I'm a 72 year old male and I, too, have the swooshing sound. It came on out of the blue after I went to bed on August 20, 2009 and I've had it ever since. Some days it's worse than others. I've been to five doctors and have had all the tests and they say it's pulsatile tinnitus which they can't explain. It's very difficult to live with but I have no other choice. I'm still alive so I simply try to ignore it...but it's not easy. I bought a bottle of bio ear (homeopathic ingredients} from the Vermont Country Store (on line}and apply some on a piece of cotton and insert it in my ear..It offers some relief but on bad days nothing works. It's nice to know that others have it too. So it's real and we are not nuts. Just try to distract from the sound and go on with your life...Good Luck.
I am a 33 year old female. I have this swooshing sound constantly, no pain, and i can't hear since January the 8, 2010. I went to the ear specialist and he said, " I lost my left hearing 100%" It make me feel depress. He is giving me steroids injection once a week at the same time i started taken steroid pill. The chance to help me is less than 50%. I try to ignore that sound but i can't and some time is louder feels like it is in all my head. Many times i have to ask people to repeat whatever they are saying to me.