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I can hear my heart beat in my left ear when it is quiet, lying down or even sitting up. Is this normal or is it an indication of some medical problem? I am 69 and still actively working as an over the road truck driver. Blood pressure is usually around 145 over 88 approximately. Has anyone else ever experienced or heard of this phenomenom?
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First Helper typicalweird
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replied September 14th, 2006
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That's nothing you should really be concerned about, it's known as pulsatile tinnitus, there is a topic about it here...

Http://ehealthforum.Com/health/topic29738. Html
has your doctor mentioned anything about your blood pressure, as it sounds as if it's slighty on the high side...?
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replied July 11th, 2013
I am a nurse and 145 systolic over 88 diastolic is not a high blood pressure at all. In fact it's in the middle of the normal range and perfectly fine.
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replied November 12th, 2007
Re: Hearing Your Own Heart Beat
Boogieman wrote:
I can hear my heart beat in my left ear when it is quiet, lying down or even sitting up. Is this normal or is it an indication of some medical problem? I am 69 and still actively working as an over the road truck driver. Blood pressure is usually around 145 over 88 approximately. Has anyone else ever experienced or heard of this phenomenom?


Im sure you have found the answer by now ..or then again maybe not.I started experiencing this over a year ago. I researched it and researched it and found many explanations and also found nothing.The doctors think its related to the arteries or sinus or allergies or head injury or just a fluke. I have been told that 3 percent of the world has this weird problem and most causes are unknown.I have read where people just recently just started having it and then I have heard where people had it all their lives . Some very old. I also have been told that older people is the largest compliant of this.. due probably to hardening of the arteries. I went to two doctors one a gp and the other a ent.They ran test ,rather expensive test ..their conclusion..stress..although I am not under stress.The only stress was from the anxiety the noise caused.They did tell me however that I had a benign murmur but told me there was no concern.I have read thousands and thousands of people complaining about this and more is known about it than was a few years ago but still people are in the dark as to what causes this and some have even had surgery but still had the sound.The causes included was weight loss, ear wax, tube closings, artery damage,arteries mangled ,arteries constricted, murmur , etc.. weird but true ..To put it simply..I really don't think you have much to worry about. I have had it a year and I haven't died yet.I met a doctor that had it since he was born and is retired and says that we will never find our answer in a "white coat" he said just try to ignore it ,but yet he finds it soothing saying it reminds him he is alive..Good luck to you and try not to worry ..
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replied November 14th, 2007
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Hmm
Lots Of People Get Tha! Stress Somtimes !!
It Feels Like a movie when you can hear the heart beat !

But somtimes well its obviouse when your liein there quietly your can somtimes hear or feel your heart **

nuthin to worry bout but see your gp of your that concerned
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replied May 4th, 2009
Hearing my own and othr weird bodily noises.
I saw that weight loss was mentioned as a factor and this didn't begin until I had lost well over fifty pounds, I have now lost ninety.I haven't been concerned really, just decided to google it and ended up here. Sometimes I get palpitation and what is weird is when you hear your own heart skipping beats.
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replied April 24th, 2010
Hear your own heartbeat?
I did loss some weight with my lately excercise, but only a few pounds . Anyway, I like the saying it reminds me that I am still alive.
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replied May 30th, 2010
I had gastric bypass surgery in 2007, which resulted in a loss of over 150 lbs. I've been hearing my heart beat in my ears off and on for the last few months.
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replied February 6th, 2011
Hearing your own heartbeat is somewhat un-nerving, as it sometimes feels like going 'over the hump' kind of hesitation, but for the rest it is pretty regular, of course I am heading toward 86.....now do I hear some sighing: no wonder?
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replied December 6th, 2011
only a teen, sometimes i just hear or feel my heartbeat in my head...... not sure if that is normal or not any ideas?
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replied April 15th, 2012
My pulse is extremely loud in my right ear. What causes this?
Just googling for an answer. My pulse is so loud in my right ear that it keeps me up at night and sounds like someone is hammering on something far away. It is not soothing or comforting, it is exptremely annoying.
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replied April 26th, 2012
this is so interesting - i've only noticed in the last month that a hear my heartbeat after doing something very minor - my blood pressure and pulse are both absurdly low and always have been, but i have family history of high cholesterol (regardless of diet) I was concerned till I read all these comments - seems like nothing. thanks everyone!
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replied December 7th, 2012
Heart Beat
When yu stop hearing it all your trubles will be over.
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replied January 19th, 2013
Hearing my heartbeat in my ear
I started hearing my heart beat in my left ear when I am in bed at night. At first I thought it was the washing machine going round downstairs.. i felt my pulse & the sound in my ear matched my pulse. I am only 28 & have a perfectly normal blood pressure. I like to think I have super sonic hearing! I hope it is nothing to worry about although I am going to just run it past my GP to double check
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replied May 24th, 2013
loud heartbeat in ear could be related to losing weight/See ENT
Hi! I just wanted to share my experience with everybody since I think it may be relevant... I've been having a loud, pulsating heartbeat in my ear the past five months. I went to a variety of doctors who weren't sure what was going on. It was finally recommended to me that I go to an ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist). I think this is probably the best type of doctor to go see for this problem. The ENT Doctor performed a variety of ear/hearing tests on me. All my hearing and ear tests were normal. He mentioned that the two other possibilities for my situation was (a) that I possibly had some sort of tumor near the ear, or (b) that I had lost a lot of weight recently. I've already had a brain MRI within the past year (for some other medical stuff that's going on) which doesn't show any tumor. However, I did lose about 35lbs over the past year. When the ENT pressed on the jugular vein on my neck, the loud heartbeat in my ear stopped. Thus, I've come to find out that this can occur with weight change. I guess the artery/vein is closer to my ear now; and thus, I hear the blood flowing through my body. I saw on one of these pages that sometimes when one gains weight, the added fat (or changed amount of fat) pushes the artery/vein closer to one's ear drum. So this is what probably happened to me. Hope this helps!
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replied July 9th, 2013
Even I have a question...Same thing happens to me as well...I am 27 yrs old...
whenever I sleep or lay down in my bed, I can feel n hear my heartbeat as well as when it happens there is some kind of a movement in my body as well...
my B.P is usually low...
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replied July 11th, 2013
Firstly I would like to point out that the group member who has suggested the original post may have high blood pressure with 145 over 88 is wrong. I am a nurse and this is well within the normal range. Plus blood pressure being 'too high' or 'too low' is based entirely on an individual. For example an individual may average at 100 systolic (the top number) their BP may raise to 145 which is normal but may be 'high for them'. Some people have naturally low and naturally high BP and you can't determine if someone's is too high or too low without knowing their average BP. That's not to say low or high BP should not be monitored. Between 100 and 200 systolic is considered 'normal' but the 'happy medium' is usually between 120-180 systolic. I experience my pulse being heard in my left ear, my pulse usually averages at 80bpm but when I can hear it in my ear and I manually check my pulse its well into the 100+bpm. I have a lot of anxieties with bed time (sleepwalking, night terrors etc) so I often wonder if this is the cause. Reading this forum, I gather a lot of people suggest stress. I can't be of anymore help with the hearing of the pulse but just felt the need to advise in blood pressure so people don't unnecessarily worry.
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replied July 11th, 2013
Firstly I would like to point out that the group member who has suggested the original post may have high blood pressure with 145 over 88 is wrong. I am a nurse and this is well within the normal range. Plus blood pressure being 'too high' or 'too low' is based entirely on an individual. For example an individual may average at 100 systolic (the top number) their BP may raise to 145 which is normal but may be 'high for them'. Some people have naturally low and naturally high BP and you can't determine if someone's is too high or too low without knowing their average BP. That's not to say low or high BP should not be monitored. Between 100 and 200 systolic is considered 'normal' but the 'happy medium' is usually between 120-180 systolic. I experience my pulse being heard in my left ear, my pulse usually averages at 80bpm but when I can hear it in my ear and I manually check my pulse its well into the 100+bpm. I have a lot of anxieties with bed time (sleepwalking, night terrors etc) so I often wonder if this is the cause. Reading this forum, I gather a lot of people suggest stress. I can't be of anymore help with the hearing of the pulse but just felt the need to advise in blood pressure so people don't unnecessarily worry.
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replied October 31st, 2013
Hearing heartbeat in my left ear
I have just recently had a mastoidectomy to my left ear after a life long ear infection, before the op I had occasional tinnitus, now I have my heartbeat pounding 24 hours a day. Much prefer occasional tinnitus than constant heart pounding, I find it quite n nerving
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replied January 19th, 2014
I haven't been properly diagnosed yet, but I have been waking up in the night with shortness of breath, dizziness, light-headedness and heart pounding! I also hear the heartbeats, but not all the time. I am a type-1 diabetic (On insulin injections) and my blood pressure is around 150/ 89. 48-years old and not really overweight.

I am due to see a cardiologist in 4-weeks time at my request, to rule out heart problems and early stages of heart disease, but my doctor thinks I am struggling with an acute anxiety disorder and has prescribed me with Diazepam. Last night I took a pill and went to bed, but 2-hours later, I still woke up with another episode!

Funny thing happened an hour ago though, which I thought I should share with people. I got home this evening and switched my computer on, when I spotted an email from an unpleasant person who I have been trying to avoid for some time and straight away stress took over and I could suddenly hear my heartbeat again! In my case, it is definitely linked to stress and possibly high'ish blood pressure. I hope nothing more serious like heart disease or a brain tumor!
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replied March 26th, 2014
heartbeat in the ear when sleep
Good news, I found a solution to this annoying condition. I started to hear it when I sleep about a week ago. I have been having bad seasonal allergy reaction lately so I have been quite stuffed up, sneezing all the time, etc. I asked my doc about this heart beat noise in my ear and he said could be results of my allergy. Anyway, last night I accidentally tried a method and I was able to turn the noise all off. I used my fingers to close my both nose opening and pressurized my head (just like trying to sneeze while squeezing your nose with your fingers). It stopped for at least couple of hours until I fell to sleep. When I woke up this morning I heard the noise again and I used the same method and the noise immediately disappeared from my head. I am not sure if this only works for the condition resulting from allergy but worth a try if you have the same problem. Good luck and all the best!
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