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rapid thumping sound in left ear
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What is causing a sporadic thumping sound in my left ear?
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I wonder if you might have pulsatile tinnitus. Here some information about tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus.
Have you been to see your doctor about the thumping? When does it happen?
It most happens if I give even a little burp but can come on anytime.
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Hello @loisde! Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for commenting on this thread.
Do you also experience thumping sounds in your ear?
Yes and my Dr. has put me on antibiotics so will see what happens. Have had periodic thumping for the last couple months.
@cinnamon, are you still experiencing thumping in your ear? Have you been seen by a medical professional for a proper diagnosis ?
@loisde, have the antibiotics helped?
please let us know how you are both doing.
Antibiotics have helped but still get it the odd time. I have never had a problem with the feeling that I want to burp – not much but a little burp and that is when I get a small thump in my ear. Don’t know what is causing that bit of gas so will ask when I see the Doctor.
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About 2 weeks ago I noticed the same thing in my right ear. I hear it more when I just wake up. It’s isolated in my right ear. It’s not rhythmic, more sporadic and fast so it’s not linked to my pulse. When I fully plug my ear it goes away, maybe because of the pressure.
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I have noticed the same thing, i have to burp but cant seem to get it all out and i get a rapid pulse in my right ear. I have also noticed my right eye is seeming to get blurry over the past few months
I have periodic thumping in my right ear for a month or so. It does not match my pulse. I have had ringing in both ears for couple years. Today I am trying a decongestant. Any other ideas?
I noticed when I close my mouth (jaw) thumping gets louder and faster. When I open my jaw it goes away.
For the past 24 hours, I've been having the spastic thumbing in my ear. It doesn't match my heart beat either. It's very random, but it seems to happen every 3-6 seconds and lasts about 5-10 seconds. What could this be?
It most happens if I give even a little burp but can come on anytime. Can someone tell me what could be the issue?
Hi @redmonarch8 and @edfrombk,
Welcome to Connect. It seems that this kind of thumping in the ear could be pulsatile tinnitus ”due to a change in blood flow in the vessels near the ear or to a change in awareness of that blood flow.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156
In some cases of pulsatile tinnitus a rhythmical sound is experienced, but the sound is not synchronized with the person’s heart beat, (as @redmonarch8 explained).This type of tinnitus is most commonly due to rhythmical contraction of the muscles in the middle ear. https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/pulsatile-tinnitus
I’m tagging @beatricefay @morningglory @lizm2 @tlcnurse1 to bring them into this conversation as they’ve written about similar symptoms in another discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pulsatile-tinnitus-1/
Does the thumping occur throughout the day, or only at certain times? Does it disturb your sleep at night?
I find the thumping, swishing noise in my one ear maddening. I try very hard to relax when it starts and try to focus on reading material and sometimes that seems to help. I'm hoping to have further testing done when I return to Mayo in the future. I don't think it is connected to my Meniere's diagnosis because I remember the first time the noise ever happened and it was about 50 years ago! Disappeared for eons then started again years later with additional frequency. Am sorry that I have no answer for you but I can certainly understand your dismay.
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