What is Pulsating Tinnitus? Tinnitus is a condition of the ears that produces ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, ticking, rushing, whistling, roaring, whooshing, and other assorted sounds in the ears. The problem is that these sounds are not being caused by any external source.
Tinnitus is actually a symptom of an underlying issue that has yet to be identified. Each person has his or her own unique case of tinnitus with the underlying condition dictating the sounds that he or she hears.
Generally, the causes of tinnitus include:
1. Ear infections
2. Natural hearing deterioration
4. Glue ear
5. Meniere’s disease
6. Damage to the hearing due to excessive noise
7. Auditory or inner ear damage
8. Neck injuries
9. Head injuries
10. Sinus issues
13. High blood pressure
14. Artery narrowing
16. Overactive thyroid
Pulsatile tinnitus, also known as pulsating tinnitus, is an uncommon type of tinnitus with certain causes that may or may not be easy to diagnose. It’s different from typical tinnitus because the sounds the victim hears aren’t continuous.
Instead, they’re sounds that occur in rhythm to that person’s heartbeat. The sound can still be a swishing, ringing, or another disturbing sound, but it will be heard in the rhythmic pattern of your heart.
There’s a test that you can do yourself to see if you may have pulsating tinnitus. All you do is feel your pulse and time it against the sounds you’re hearing. Of course, the only way you’ll get a true diagnosis is by visiting your doctor.
Another difference between pulsating tinnitus and ordinary tinnitus is that it’s typically easier to find the direct cause of this type of tinnitus. The causes for pulsating tinnitus typically come from changes in the blood flow in the vessels located in the ears, head or neck.
There are many things that can cause this to happen. Some of them are:
1. Strenuous exercise
2. Damaged or punctured eardrum
4. Severe anemia
7. Inflammation of the ear
8. Overactive thyroid
9. Fluid in the middle ear
10. Benign tumors
As you can see, a lot of these causes are also on the list of causes for tinnitus, in general. However, this list shows you which causes are more directed at being an underlying reason for pulsating tinnitus. The best way to narrow down what’s giving you pulsating tinnitus is to consult your doctor. There are tests that he or she can perform that will give them the information they need to diagnose you.
Once you’ve been properly diagnosed, your doctor can identify the root cause and begin treatment targeting that root cause. For example, if you have high blood pressure, usually you can treat that, get it under control and your pulsating tinnitus will go away. However, there’s not a true guarantee that it will happen that way.
Even if it doesn’t go away immediately, there are ways that you can manage tinnitus. If your doctor can’t find the underlying cause of your tinnitus, there are still many natural remedies that can be used. These are affordable and they don’t carry the nasty side effects that a lot of prescription medication does.