So, I've scared myself straight for about 2 weeks looking up "pulsatile tinnitus" on the internet, and coming up with results from folks who've had it for over 10 years.

Basically, I've been experiencing a pulse in my right ear - pretty loud in quiet rooms and when I'm trying to sleep.

I've seen 2 ENTs who checked my hearing (which is fine) and my ears for infection. Nothing came up. I'm only 23, and I walk about 2 hours every other night, so I assume my circulatory system is okay. My blood pressure was checked to be normal. I've had this for a little over 2 months now.

I always used to wear in-ear headphones for music - the type that you stick inside your ear..and i would always wear earbuds to block out noise (how fitting that I have this now). I did get sick at one point, but it was only a head cold that lasted 3 days. In that time, I don't think I had an ear infection, but I think the pulsing came after that..though I can't be too sure. I'm begging and praying that the pulsing is on account of some fluid in my ear, possibly lodged in through the earbuds/phones but I have a suspicion it isn't. I just bought pseudoephedrine tablets, and this is my second day on them. When I yawn, the affected ear feels a slight blocking from the eustachian tube. I told my ENT of this, but he checked the pressure in my ears and said there was no fluid.

If this isn't from something simple like fluid in the middle ear, then is it possible that it could go away as spontaneously as it came? Has pulsatile tinnitus ever just gone away on its own? I'm extremely tense with the possibility that I'll have this indefinitely. I don't have health insurance so the CT/MRI scan might have to wait a bit.

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replied September 24th, 2008
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Different people can sense the pulse in different parts of the body. Some people int he chest cavity, others at the soles of the feet...and you in your ear. It's nothing to be afraid or worry about, in my opinion. What is it that is uncomfortable to you? Can you synchronize the rhythm of your heart with your breath before going to sleep (breath in for 4 heart beats, breathe out for 4 heart beats)? This might actually help relax your whole body.
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replied September 24th, 2008
It's just in my ear and loud and obtrusive. It also is relatively recent development - a recent "sense" as you put it. It's really killing me. It's a condition that isn't ordinary for people.
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replied February 21st, 2012
have you tried. . .
have you tried Craniosacral therapy?
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replied October 28th, 2008
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Pulsatile tinnitus might also be a way that your body is asking for a little more attention. Instead of looking at the sensations as bothersome...have you ever tried sitting and attuning to the feeling? Maybe you can do so with the help of a meditation teacher?
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replied October 19th, 2009
i just started experiencing this about 2 months ago and can't figure it out i'm 23 completely healthy. i did go to a concert and this developed a few days after and also i swim regularly as a workout so i'm not counting out the possibility of fluid. its been a year since your post and of all the ones i've read yours is exactly what i'm going through. Anything you have found out would be appreciated hope you've gotten better.
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replied March 25th, 2010
Pulse behind the ear
I developed the pulsing about two weeks ago. I read post saying that if you block the artery in your neck, you can stop the pulsing (probably not a good idea!). I discovered that behind the affected ear, on the bone behind the ear, I can find a pulse and can also block it and immediately stop the pulse. I cannot find a pulse behind my good ear. I believe this behind the ear pulse is causing the noise to travel through the bone and into the ear. I know this is possible, because I have used silicone ear plugs at night for decades to block the sound of my husband's CPAP machine for his sleep apnea. With the earplugs in I can hear all the internal sounds in my head, like breathing noises, movement on the pillow. If my husband has his hand on my pillow and twitches, it sounds like a herd of elephants. Since I completely block any external sound with the earplugs, I can only assume the sound is coming in through the bones around my ear. I am 100% convinced that the artery behind my ear is the culprit, but I don't know what to do with that discovery. I've been to ENT Doctor, had all the hearing tests and an MRI. All is well. I do wonder if this is a blood pressure/weight/cardio issue.
Any thoughts on this?
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replied September 17th, 2010
pulsatile tinnitus- chronic muscle pain 6 years now
I have herd my heartbeat in My R ear for 6 years now. had every imaging test done under the sun! spent thousands of dollars trying to find out where it is coming from. NOTHING> I see another ent specialist in a few days with hopefully another step to finding out what this is. I also have had chronic neck and shoulder pain on the right side and seem to think they are correlated. Does anyone else with pulsatile tinnitus experience chronic tight muscles on effected side.

I can also stop the sound by pushing on the side of my neck, as it loudly comes back after I relase. i have had all studies done to look at arteries, i wasted money there too. MRI, MRA, MRV, even angiogram. NOTHING.

Been working on relaxing the muscles in my neck with botox, had no luck with that helping my ear either. Any one else have muscle issues on effected ear side??
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replied October 19th, 2010
Right ear and right eye pulsing
I've just read your post wooshingear6, along with all of the others. I have had this pulsing in my right ear for over a year. At some point this year, the pulsing in the right eye began. I see it only when I stop to pay attention. They are both very bothersome, s others have said. My primary doc doesn't know anything about either, which I find odd as she is one of the top where I live. I've just been reading about the eye pulsing though, and can attest to the overuse of the computer, lack of sleep and stress as being very possible culprits!! Especially since I've been using an iMac, now that I think about it. The screen is SOO bright and I have it set on the lowest brightness and it's still overwhelming. I do graphics and love working on it though. Granted, I stay up WAY too late! Guess it's time to change my lifestyle.
Thanks for your input!
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replied October 25th, 2010
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just read your post and I may having something for you. I have done more reaserch than most doctors.. and when you have the pulsing in your eyes most times it is called Psudo Tumor. Dont freak out about the tumor word this is actually when the spinal fluid has high pressure and there are things that can make this go away. I have herd people with this taking an over the counter diaretic and it going away. Just a though. Another person i met through all this had a spinal tap that relieved the pressure in her Spinal fluid and the pulsing in her ear and eye went away for months at a time.
I would look up Psudo Tumor you might bring it up to your doctor. If your doctor dosent know what this is..Switch doctors. lol.

Wish you luck!
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replied October 25th, 2010
Hey thanks wooshingear6! For sure, I will look it up. I made an appt with my ENT and eye doc for the end of this week. I'll look it up later this afternoon when I have more time. Off to graphics class for now.

Thanks again!!
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replied December 22nd, 2010
Pulsatile tinnitus
You should see a neurotologist (note the T). Pulsatile tinnitus is different from the more common, "regular" tinnitus and should be treated as such.
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