Heartbeat Sound in Ear

by Amru Hank

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

Comments for Heartbeat Sound in Ear

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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.

Jan 04, 2016
Heart beating noise in left ear . I also have a heart Mumerhg
by: Phillips

I don't take anything for my heart but I keep hearing my heart beating sound in my ear.

Jul 06, 2016
Heartbeat sound
by: Exu

Heart beat sound that I thought I was having a stroke when it first started two months ago. It comes and go every so often no matter what my circumstance may be.I could be relaxing or having some occasional adult beverage that triggering.in the the past 15 or so years ago,I have had my right ear drained by a clinician since I was really losing my hearing..

Jul 31, 2016
Heart beat in ear.
by: Don W.

I can relate this to too much eating and drinking alcohol beverages before sleeping. Can that be a cause of this problem?

Sep 05, 2016
whooshing sound in ears

is there anyone who has had an MRA and did you find any cause through it? I have the heartbeat in my ear now for a year. Used to come and go but now its permanently all day everyday now. I also hear a faint high pitched noise. Does this mean hearing loss is imminent?

Oct 01, 2016
Heart beat in ear
by: Carolyn

I've been reading the comments and it seems like alcohol may have something to do with it. I only have this happen if I drink. Is that possible?

Jul 08, 2017
Please reply

Lately i've been hearing a sound similar to a heartbeat but it only reacts to any high pitched sounds like banging the dishes and it's irritating .My questions is does my symptom falls to pulsatile tinnitis??If it does what are the treatments?(im currently using ear drops for the itchyness beacause i had a past history for excessive cleaning)

Sep 02, 2017
I have both, heart beat and ringing in my ears.
by: Goss

I have had ringing in both ears since the 60s. It only bothers me when I think of it, but it is very loud. have not found anything to help reduce the noise. The thumping comes and goes. Sounds as though my heard is beating in my left ear.
Any info. to help will be appreciated.

Nov 19, 2017
by: peter

I started to have a buzz in right ear and a beeping in left ear.
I got the buzz reduced with accupresure (google with vertigo/tinitus) and a drop of fermented castor oil seemed to work already after a day.

Jan 03, 2018
Pulsatile Tinnitus
by: Goss

Dear Goss, I have the same exact problem a heartbeat in my left ear and ringing is just occasionally. The heartbeat also sounds like a drumming sound and makes me so nervous my heart starts beating faster and I get panic and anxiety attacks if there's any help that anyone knows of for myself and Goss which is really weird because I'm Goss as well, thank you for any possible remedies that you may know of!

Apr 30, 2018
drumming or heartbeat sound in ear NEW
by: Roy

I use a c-pap machine and have a drumming or heartbeat sound in my left ear. When i stop using the machine the problem goes away. Therefor, i am convinced the c-pap is causing my problem. Can this actually be the cause?

Dec 03, 2018
Pulses to clicking/ticking sounds NEW
by: Sheena

I get this pulsing kind of like a heart beat I guess. It is only in my left ear and seemed to happen randomly until I realized it is often triggered by clicking or ticking sounds like a click or a wobble toy, also the cats drinking water or in one case the sound of an engine revving repeatedly. I've had this issue for at least 3 years now. I didn't connect the two until reading this but I also have proxismal positional vertigo and I wonder if they're connected to the same issue. I don't have insurance so I haven't seen a doctor humming sometimes helps distract from the sound but it can because unbearable even though it doesn't hurt.

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