Noises in ears.

Posted by lineage @lineage, Aug 28 3:47pm

Hello. For the past few years I have had a strange intermittent problem.

I have episodes where I hear noises in both ears that are akin to the noise you'd hear when you plug your nose and pop your ears. The noises are very momentary, less than a third of a second, and can occur 2 to 3 times per second. It is not just a sound, it is a sensation as well… feels like I am popping my ears but only slightly. It also feels as though I can feel a jumpy feeling in my chest at the same time this occurs. Example, If I feel/hear 3 of these in my ears I feel 3 "jumps" in my chest. There have been times where shutting my eyes tightly can cause the noise to occur but I can't always do this.

It usually only occurs when I am laying down to sleep or when I first wake up. It can continue for awhile after getting up but always goes away. Sometimes it goes away for months.

It is the strangest feeling and it worries me a little as I cannot find information about this. The correlation to the sensations in my chest are what worries me most… that and just not knowing. Sorry if I am not explaining this well… it's a very strange set of symptoms.

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@lineage
Hello,
I am not sure if I am steering you in the right direction but your post reminds me of a condition called Pulsatile Tinnitus where you can hear your heartbeat or pulse in your ears. I understand a lot of people hear this sound when resting or lying down. The ear is very sensitive to blood flow and has a relationship to the heart. May I suggest you have a thorough medical check up which includes an EKG. Any type of Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent and a lot of people don’t notice it during the day when they are absorbed in the daily routines of life.
Don’t let your primary doctor blow this off . It is a concern to you so it is important even if it turns out to be minor. By the way I have “ordinary” tinnitus in one ear.

Regards from a Florida Mary

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@lineage
Hello,
I am not sure if I am steering you in the right direction but your post reminds me of a condition called Pulsatile Tinnitus where you can hear your heartbeat or pulse in your ears. I understand a lot of people hear this sound when resting or lying down. The ear is very sensitive to blood flow and has a relationship to the heart. May I suggest you have a thorough medical check up which includes an EKG. Any type of Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent and a lot of people don’t notice it during the day when they are absorbed in the daily routines of life.
Don’t let your primary doctor blow this off . It is a concern to you so it is important even if it turns out to be minor. By the way I have “ordinary” tinnitus in one ear.

Regards from a Florida Mary

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Thank hou for your reply. I will definitely press a bit more with my PCM. I do have tinnitus from working on Air Force flightlines for many years. This noise and sensation is very different from my normal tinnitus.

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@lineage– Hi. I’ve dealt with some ENT issues. What I have learned in this process, is the body is very complex, which is normal and a good thing as it is always working and functioning for us. I have also learned that you, yourself can have a hypersensitivity somewhere that may keep you more focused on that area. Our bodies are loud and make noises, which is totally normal. Out Eustscian tubes work for us all throughout the day do balance our hearing, temperature change and air pressure change. This could be something as simple as a function that your body has always had, but for some reason it has become louder and more noticeable to you. When you started noticing this, were you dealing with different stressors? Hydration is important for the eustscian tubes. As well as if you have any type of reflux, sometimes it can back up into eustacian tubes. Fresh fruits/Vegetables, vitamins and minerals are important for every function. I know this sounds very basic, but sometimes if we return to the basics, we create better homeostasis for the body to function and worry, which can sometimes eliminate loud symptoms.

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@nrd1

@lineage– Hi. I’ve dealt with some ENT issues. What I have learned in this process, is the body is very complex, which is normal and a good thing as it is always working and functioning for us. I have also learned that you, yourself can have a hypersensitivity somewhere that may keep you more focused on that area. Our bodies are loud and make noises, which is totally normal. Out Eustscian tubes work for us all throughout the day do balance our hearing, temperature change and air pressure change. This could be something as simple as a function that your body has always had, but for some reason it has become louder and more noticeable to you. When you started noticing this, were you dealing with different stressors? Hydration is important for the eustscian tubes. As well as if you have any type of reflux, sometimes it can back up into eustacian tubes. Fresh fruits/Vegetables, vitamins and minerals are important for every function. I know this sounds very basic, but sometimes if we return to the basics, we create better homeostasis for the body to function and worry, which can sometimes eliminate loud symptoms.

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Hello and thank you for your post.

Unfortunately this issue seems more complex. These noises arent just noises, they include a physical feeling as well.

It usually occurs as I lay down to sleep or right after I wake up. Sometimes it will occur even when I am up and just living my life.

It is difficult to describe but I will try. When it occurs there is almost like a small spasm feeling in my chest right in the center, sometimes it feels like my esophagus at the top of my chest spasms. There can also be sensation felt in the ears deep inside that coincide exactly with the chest spasms. The noise can be best described as if you are attempting to pop you ears on an airplane but not quite all the way. The spasms and the noise happen exactly at the same time and each one is less than a 1/4 second long. I can have up to 3 of these in a second but usually it is just 1 or 2.

There have been very rare times where I could swear I could feel it in my lips and eyes but again those events are exceedingly rare.

I am scheduled for a nuclear stress test to guage the health of my heart because since March I have been having episodes of extreme weakness and being tired. My holter monitor showed everything as normal but on that day I only had maybe 3 of the spasm/noise events.

This has been going on for maybe 4 years, I cannot remember exactly when it started. I also started methadone for pain 4 years ago and have since had stomach issues. Dyspepsia, heartburn etc. Not sure if this may have anything to do with this.

I have tried to check my blood pressure when these occur and it seems normal.

It is so difficult trying to distinguish it from a heart, gastro or ent issue since they all occupy the same spaces in my chest.

I dunno… seems like a medical mystery and it worries me. It does not hurt but I am afraid it may be a symptom of something that may cause issues if I do not find an answer.

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@lineage-all medications do have side effects in one way or another, so perhaps it could be an odd nerve related issue due to medication.

If this occurs after laying down and you have reflux, I know it sounds simple, but reflux at night can back up into the eustscian tubes and cause then to inflame. As you get up in the morning the upright position is when the eustscian tubes will open back up and or the backed up acidity will drain back down. Possibly at the same time you are feeling in back into your GI track. Many people who end up at the ER w/chest pain are told not to worry it is reflux.
I don’t doubt it is bothersome, but once your body brain has tuned into it, it almost amplifies it, if that makes sense.
So try not to worry too much.

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@nrd1 youve given me a good direction to follow, appreciate that. Think I will follow up with my gastro.

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