rapid thumping sound in left ear

Posted by cinnamon @cinnamon, Apr 22, 2012
@gregk

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 experience the exact same thing in my right ear also. And, yes, plugging the ear stops the thumping.
A few weeks ago I had impacted wax removed from this ear; I wonder if that somehow triggered this thumping.

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I myself started feeling a thumping sound in my right ear and the thumping varies as far as rythm, feels like I feel it more at bed time or when I’m trying to relax, it’s very annoying. It comes and goes I also had a sinus infection but this thumping started maybe about 6 months ago, the antibiotics helped with the sinus infection but not the thumping. Worried it can be a tumor.

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@veronica619

I myself started feeling a thumping sound in my right ear and the thumping varies as far as rythm, feels like I feel it more at bed time or when I’m trying to relax, it’s very annoying. It comes and goes I also had a sinus infection but this thumping started maybe about 6 months ago, the antibiotics helped with the sinus infection but not the thumping. Worried it can be a tumor.

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@veronica619 Have you gone to a ear Dr.? Maybe you should make an appointment .I have tinnitus and just started with dizziness and balance problems also headaches

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@lioness

@veronica619 Have you gone to a ear Dr.? Maybe you should make an appointment .I have tinnitus and just started with dizziness and balance problems also headaches

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@lioness I have to be referred to one by my primary care Doctor and she didn’t think it was a big deal, she felt as if it’s something that will go away.

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Hi, I have same problem with my right ear since last week. It get worse at night and when I lay down. I sow ENT , no ear /hearing problem, and he prescribed Prednisone and Zpac, for sinuses. I am finishing tomorrow but do not noticing too much improvement.Still have to use decongestant to get rid of drumming. Is it possible this problem come from neck? Should I see chiropractor?

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I have a rapid thumping in my right ear (not related to the heartbeat) that is likened to that of an engine that has a miss or to that of a roughed grouse drumming its wings on a log. It is not constant but it is triggered when I sneeze, yawn deeply, when I lie down and when I'm under stress. It can last from 5 minutes to and hour. I've seen a chiropractor for an upper cervical subluxation (caused by banging my head in a car accident). I've had Craniosacral therapy (CTS), I've seen an ENT specialist and I've seen numerous family practitioners. I had a heart stent put in for a blocked artery. I've been told that the cause of my condition could be from an insufficient blood blow due to a head/neck injury or from a cardiovascular problem. I'm not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions?

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@akacha

I've had this thumping in my right ear for two months and it's more profound when I'm trying to fall asleep. I was checked by my doctor but no results until the day 3 months later, I felt a heartburn coming on and my shoulder started to feel heavy. Yes, I was having a mild heart attack and immediately sought assistance where I spent two days in the hospital undergoing tests and was told a triple bypass was required. Long story short, it became a quadruple bypass that went successfully and the thumping went away. This was 7 months ago. Hopefully this was not the case for you members asking this question but, it's important to not rule out blood vessel blockage either. Have or insist on an EKG test as well. Most importantly, ditch the cigarettes.

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I also had a silent heart attack and had a stent put in and it seemed like the thumping had stopped but now it has come back which has me wondering if I still have some kind of blockage going on. My latest EKG was normal

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@nata66

Hi, I have same problem with my right ear since last week. It get worse at night and when I lay down. I sow ENT , no ear /hearing problem, and he prescribed Prednisone and Zpac, for sinuses. I am finishing tomorrow but do not noticing too much improvement.Still have to use decongestant to get rid of drumming. Is it possible this problem come from neck? Should I see chiropractor?

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Check with an Upper cervical Specialist

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@colleenyoung

Hi @gerardcame, Welcome to Connect, an online community where you can share your experiences and find support from other patients. I moved this discussion to the Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat group to connect you with other members.

I wonder if you might have pulsatile tinnitus. Here some information about tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus.
http://mayocl.in/1Utj1aQ
http://www.tinnitus.org.uk/pulsatiletinnitus
Have you been to see your doctor about the thumping? When does it happen?

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Hi Colleen, a doctor friend of mine said that he really doesn't know what to tell me(as a matter of fact, no one seems to know much about my pulsatile tinnitus) and that maybe I should go to mayo for some further advice. What do you think? I've been there before for Trigemial Neuralgia surgery and gamma knife radiation treatment

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@jamienolson

Hello @loisde! Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for commenting on this thread.

Do you also experience thumping sounds in your ear?

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Yes I do and I'm not sure of the cause or what the treatment would be

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@kanaazpereira

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?

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You are the third moderator that I have replied to, I have periodic thumping and occasional ringing in my ear. I suspect that it is caused by an insufficient blood flow, which is possibly caused by an upper cervical subluxation (head.neck injury in a car accident, 30 years ago) or from cardio vascular problems ( I had a heart stent put in in 2017). The ENT specialist along with other practitioners do not have an answer to my problem. Should I make an appointment at Mayos?

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@jamienolson

Hello @loisde! Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for commenting on this thread.

Do you also experience thumping sounds in your ear?

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hello Jamie. I thought that I would pass on an experience that I just had. I was abruptly awakened from a deep sleep and my right ear started thumping. It seems like a blood flow problem to me

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