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Thumping/drumming in one ear

Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) | Last Active: Jun 23 11:47am | Replies (40)

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For the past few years I've been having very rapid (approx 3-4 thumps per second) thumping in my left ear. This only happens when I'm standing over the sink washing dishes with the water running. The closer I put my head to the water, the stronger the thumps get. It feel like a vacuum effect being created by the water? I have asked 2 doctors about this and neither of them had any experience with anything like this.

Thanks for the help!

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Replies to "Hello, For the past few years I've been having very rapid (approx 3-4 thumps per second)..."

@beyondconfused, I would like to welcome you to Connect.

Many members have discussed pulsatile tinnitus and I have it from time to time where I can hear my heart beat in my ear. I think for me it happens more often when I have sinus congestion that seems to conduct the sound. I actually don't mind because I pay attention to how fast my heart is beating because of allergy and asthma breathing issues. If I have too much congestion in my lungs, my heart rate goes up which is sometimes a clue that there is too much trapped phlegm that can become an infection, and I can take action to clear it.

Your blood pressure will change and adjust as you change your body position, and perhaps that may be why you notice a change in the loudness of the thumping. Perhaps having your hands in hot water also affects blood pressure or heart rate. If you ask your doctors about how blood pressure or heart rate affects pulsatile tinnitus, you may get an answer.

This discussion may be of interest with other members discussing pulsatile tinnitus.
Does this give you an idea of how you might ask more targeted questions of your doctors?

Hi Beyondconfused, your concern about a thumping in one ear has been discussed in a couple of related discussions:
– Thumping/drumming in one ear https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thumpingdrumming-in-right-ear/
– rapid thumping sound in left ear: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/rapid-thumping-sound-in-left-ear/
– Thumping in right ear, only triggered by sound https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thumping-in-right-ear-only-triggered-by-sound/
– Pulsatile tinnitus https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pulsatile-tinnitus-1/

@tootie42 @variegata @nrd1 @willows may have some tips to share.

Beyondconfused, have you been to an ENT specialists about this issue?

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