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Pulsatile Tinnitus

Date Added: February 08, 2010 10:32:36 AM

Tinnitus is the scientific name for a symptom involving ear ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing or other sounds without the presence of external audio sources. In certain cases, the sound is accompanied by beats, such as the beating heart, condition known as pulsatile tinnitus.

People with this type of tinnitus often hear their pulse in their ear. Many know that feeling right after an intense effort. But for some people, this never goes away.

The most common causes for pulsatile tinnitus are:

Changes in blood flow
  • It is possible that your body as a whole benefits from increased blood flow, for example, if you do a lot of excersise.
  • Increased blood flow may instead be localized, which occurs when a vessel is narrower than normal. Neighbor blood vessels must then compensate by increasing their own flow and this increase is the cause of tinnitus.
  • Your blood flow can be turbulent. This is the case when the arteries harden (atherosclerosis). The narrowing of the arteries prevents blood from flowing smoothly, similar to a river that becomes noisy during the passage of rapids.


Awareness of increased blood flow

  • If you have a perforated eardrum or serous otitis media (middle ear produces and fills with a viscous and sticky material), you can become more aware of your bodily noises because they are no longer masked by external noise.
  • An increased sensitivity in your auditory system can make the brain more aware of the sound of the blood flow, and may become suddenly aware of a preexisting non-pulsatile tinnitus.


Like other forms of more conventional tinnitus, pulsatile tinnitus can be relieved gradually as the patient learns to live with this condition and live normal lives while following the health care provider's advice and treatment.

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