I have a heart beat sound in my right ear that I can feel pulsating at times. It started as a whooshing sound so I went to my family Dr. that said it was an ear infection. He gave me an antibiotic after it only got worse and turned into a heart beat sound that I can hear at night. I went to an ent and a neurosurgeon who sent me for a cat scan and even a cerebral angiogram which also came back negative. This drives me crazy!
Hello, I started hearing the heart beat sound of my blood rushing in my left ear 5 weeks ago and it hasn't gone away since. It seems to be worse in the morning and at night, when I yawn and stretch. I don't really notice it during the day at work, but I think that's only because there is so much noise around me. My regular doctor said it could be an inflammation of the inner ear and gave me some antibiotics. They didn't help. Anyway I have an appointment with an ent next Wednesday and I will let you know what he says.
But this wooshing sound went away till now, but whats interesting is that my ears feel swollen now like the inners of my head is becoming swollen. Thats why I am going to see the ear doctor tomorrow.
The sound drives me crazy at night too because it sounds like my heart is dieing or something, but its not. My heart feels fine but when I hear this it makes me nervous and I begin to get palpatations. I have to fall asleep on my stomach with my ear on the pillow so I can go to bed.
I hope its not a tumor or something.
By the yway how old are you people who get this?
I am 17.
Pulsatile tinnitus is a disorder when you experience the noise sound with the heart beat and you may perceive it as a heartbeat.
It has been found that this happens when the blood flow in the vessels near the ear alter. These vessels may be large arteries and veins in the neck and base of the skull and smaller ones in the ear itself. This may happen when blood flow in the body increases like it does during exercise or anemia. It may also happen when some of the blood vessels narrow, so the surrounding vessels need to carry more blood and this increased flow causes the noise or if arteries harden and blood does travel smoothly as it usually does and this turbulent flow may cause the noise.
You should address a doctor about this and have some proper exams. They would perform hearing tests, check blood vessels, and probably order some sort of imaging tests like an ultrasound, mri, ct scan, mra, etc
Your treatment would depend on the cause.
Hey orangepine, how did your appointment go?
There is a artery that runs through the side of your head. When your ears and sinuses get infected and swell up it puts pressure on that artery and as a result you hear that noise which is your bloode being squeezed through that artery.
I went to the doctor and told her about the problem and to my amazment I had a deep ear infection witch I could not feel and since its alergy season the sinuses usauly become swelled up.
Go see your doctor and he will give you some antibiotics to kill the infection and hopefully realeve the pressure that is causing that noise.
It worked for me and I no longer get that noise.
I have been experiencing this for 2 years. I have been seeing and ear, nose and throat specialist now for about 15 months. She's done all the tests, MRI,
cat scan, hearing test, brain tests and everything comes back normal. She did an ultrasound on my neck, checked out my thyriod, turned out I had thyroid cancer. I had it removed, went for radiation treatment, thought ok this has to be it BUT NO, it's worse then ever. I loose sleep over it, it makes me very irritable and this is taking a real toll on my life. I just saw the doctor again on Monday and she is no sending me to a Neurologist. She said they have to check my neck. I don't know what that means yet. There has to be some answer for this. I hope we all get relief from this soon.
Two days ago, I started hearing my pulse in my left ear. It was so loud, it woke me up last night. It comes and goes during the day. It's pounding right now as I type.
I did a google search, and there's all kinds of scary things on there-- glomus tumors, high pressure in your head, hardening of the arteries, etc.
Boy was I relieved to hear that it could all be due to sinus problems. I'm going to make an appointment tomorrow with my GP and see. Hopefully, some anti-biotics are all I'll need.
I'm supposed to be going on vacation next week, and I'm in so much pain, I'm considering cancelling.
Everybody, please keep us all up to date as to what your doctors say. I'll do the same.
I have had these symptoms for 15 years. When I was 19 I went to the ENT and he said I needed tubes in my ears. Since I swam alot I didn't do it. Now, I'm tired of the sounds and the pulse getting so loud that I went to the ENT this week and she said my hearing test and pressure test came back great so tubes won't help. She is scheduling an MRI this week to determine if I have an aneurysm behind my right ear. I had thyroid cancer in 98 that spread to my lungs in 2000. For the past 5 years my tests have not shown anymore but i was wondering yesterday if this sound could be related. Now with your post, I'm wondering. Please let me know what the DR. says to you. In the meantime I'm calling MD Anderson and seeing what my cancer dr. says to do. Uugh! I could've learned about all this 15 years ago!
So, I would advise everyone to get their ears checked. I didn't have any ear pain, yet I have an ear infection!
It's easy to assume the worst and think of all of the very rare scary things it could be. Start with the simple, and then keep looking.
I'm so pleased I've come across this board, thank you all for posting. Your comments are very helpful and informative.
it was quiet and i'd be reading, i quit smoking and it's been gone for
about five years, since smoking terminated. i figure it was the constricting
of a vein in the ear, which smoking causes though-out the body.
good luck if you're a smoker.
Could be, all that is needed is to have your ears cleaned of old wax.