Have you ever had the feeling that your ear throbs and you don't know what to do? It is a relatively common thing. You have probably wondered why you hear pulsations in your ears similar to the beating of your heart. Today we are going to see what are the most common causes of pulsatile tinnitus and what you can do to stop hearing it. The good news is that, in most cases, it is a treatable problem.
Remember that the content of this article is general information, and if you want to have a personalized diagnosis, it is best to go to a specialist or go to a hearing center to clarify your doubts.
Why are Heartbeats Heard in The Ears?
The vibrations from this uncomfortable buzzing or thudding are transmitted to the hair cells in the ear, which act as sensorineural receptors and allow the brain to recognize the sound.
In a normal situation, a person does not notice these noises, but if there are variations in blood flow, pulsatile tinnitus can appear, temporarily or more lasting.
The Most Frequent Case: Occasionally Hearing That Your Ear Throbs
Other people may temporarily feel the throbbing in the ear when they change position, for example, just after going to bed. Again, the most common is that the sensation disappears quickly. It also sometimes happens to people who wear earplugs to sleep. On the one hand, the change in posture can have an influence, and on the other, by suppressing other sounds, the person tends to focus more on the heartbeat.
In Some Cases, Pulsatile Tinnitus Is Permanent
The most frequent cause is a vascular origin. Blood circulation is slowed down in the ear area due to narrowing or congestion of veins and arteries.
Other possible causes are hypertension, stress, hypersensitivity of psychological origin, fluid spillage in the ear, hyperthyroidism, and other very specific pathologies such as otosclerosis, Paget's disease, or stenosis. It can also be caused by a benign tumor.
What To Do In Case Of Throbbing In The Ear?
It is a type of discomfort that is usually cured well, unlike other types of tinnitus. Sometimes the solution involves minor surgery to restore proper circulation to the affected area. In other cases, the solution may be the prescription of medication.
But since the causes can be very different depending on the people affected, the medical professional is the one who will be able to answer that question much better. As I always say on the blog, do not hesitate to consult a doctor. It is the only way to have a response totally adapted to your situation and your symptoms. Articles on the Internet are useful for general ideas, but only up to a point.
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