Heartbeat Sound in Ear

by Amru Hank
(Ontario)

I recently just found out through my doctor that I have Tinnitus. I've been hearing this faint thumping sound only in my right ear for the past couple of months. I thought it was just something temporary and it would go away some time. But it turns out that Tinnitus takes time to go away, perhaps maybe a year or so.

The sound is familiar to the sound of a heart beat. It gets very loud at times, there is no pain but it's just a big nuisance. It comes and goes randomly. But especially at night when I am trying to sleep the sound gets so ridiculously loud.

I don't think there is any way to cure it, other than just ignoring it and avoiding things like loud music and yelling. The more I ignore the sound the more it seems to fade away.

I hope the faint thumping in my ear goes away soon!


Reply from Sarinne:

This is a very good description of an interesting kind of tinnitus, called "pulsatile tinnitus" because it is a rhythmic pulsing sound rather than a ringing sound or the sound of static. About 3% of people with tinnitus have this form.

If the thumping sounds are in sync with your actual heartbeat, then the possible causes are different from those of regular tinnitus, which is usually caused by hearing damage from loud noise (either a single loud noise all at once, or many exposures to noise over a period of time). Pulsatile tinnitus has its own set of causes, and exposure to loud noise is not normally the main factor.

Since the causes are not the same, there are different treatments available for this kind of tinnitus. There are a variety of physiological conditions that can cause you to hear the pulsing of your own heartbeat in your ear. If your doctor is able to identify the physiological cause, it may suggest possible treatments. If the underlying cause is found and successfully treated, the annoying sound can be reduced or even eliminated.

There is a whole website devoted to this unusual form of tinnitus: Whooshers.com. It has a wealth of information about this symptom and conditions that can cause it, and stories from people who have it or who used to have it.

In the meantime, it sounds like you have found good strategies for dealing with it successfully, taking it a day at a time and ignoring it as much as possible. Even if loud noise was not the cause, avoiding loud sounds will certainly help keep your hearing at its best, and also helps avoid stress, which can exacerbate any form of tinnitus. For those times when you have trouble getting to sleep, here are some ideas that might help.

I hope the thumping in your ear goes away soon too!

— Sarinne from Noise Help

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Jan 24, 2013
Maybe not tinnitus
by: Anonymous

I just finished watching a show named "the doctors" they talked about this phenomena. Can you hear other internal sounds? There maybe a surgical solution for you.

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