rapid thumping sound in left ear

Posted by cinnamon @cinnamon, Apr 22, 2012
@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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It's interesting that you mention your blockage. I also had a stent put in and it seemed like the thumping stopped. That was 18 months ago and now the thumping is back. It makes me wonder if I have more blockage

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@jamienolson

@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.

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@jamienolson I have reached out to a few individuals on this site but I still have not received any feedback from a moderator or anybody else for that matter. I believe that the thumping in my ear is due to an insufficient blow flow problem. I was in an auto accident where I hit my head on the roof and my upper cervical area (neck) is out of whack which might be causing me to have an insufficient blood flow. The thumping starts almost every time I lie down, I first get up, and also when get stressed out. I've seen many care givers and nobody has an answer so, should I make an appointment at mayo and who should I see? Is this a Rant page or can you actually get some answers to ones concerns and possibly some advice?

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@goodoldboy68

@jamienolson I have reached out to a few individuals on this site but I still have not received any feedback from a moderator or anybody else for that matter. I believe that the thumping in my ear is due to an insufficient blow flow problem. I was in an auto accident where I hit my head on the roof and my upper cervical area (neck) is out of whack which might be causing me to have an insufficient blood flow. The thumping starts almost every time I lie down, I first get up, and also when get stressed out. I've seen many care givers and nobody has an answer so, should I make an appointment at mayo and who should I see? Is this a Rant page or can you actually get some answers to ones concerns and possibly some advice?

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Hello @goodoldboy68, Thank you for your post. I apologize for the lack of communication on my end. Also, I'm so sorry to hear you were in an auto accident that left you with the thumping you are experiencing in your ear.

I will mention that Mayo Clinic Connect is a member to member patient support group that allows you to speak with other community members regarding your health experiences. If you would like more information about the community, I have found the following thread extremely helpful. Please take a moment to check it out. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed/mayo-clinic-connect-your-safety-and-privacy/

Next, I need to make you aware that I am not a medical professional and our guidelines state that Mayo Clinic Connect does not offer medical advice.

I think advocating for yourself in the sense that finding an answer to your problem seems to be a top priority for you. Here is the link to the appointment line at Mayo Clinic if you are indeed wanting to make an appointment. http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

You mentioned above that you have seen a medical professional in the past- What did they say about the thumping? Do you notice it get louder or more frequent and bothersome with exertion?

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Have you taken any new meds lately?

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@gerardcame

What is causing a sporadic thumping sound in my left ear?

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Mine started thumping sporadically throughout the day right after I tried a new psych med.

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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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day, when im standing mostly

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@jamienolson

Hello @goodoldboy68, Thank you for your post. I apologize for the lack of communication on my end. Also, I'm so sorry to hear you were in an auto accident that left you with the thumping you are experiencing in your ear.

I will mention that Mayo Clinic Connect is a member to member patient support group that allows you to speak with other community members regarding your health experiences. If you would like more information about the community, I have found the following thread extremely helpful. Please take a moment to check it out. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed/mayo-clinic-connect-your-safety-and-privacy/

Next, I need to make you aware that I am not a medical professional and our guidelines state that Mayo Clinic Connect does not offer medical advice.

I think advocating for yourself in the sense that finding an answer to your problem seems to be a top priority for you. Here is the link to the appointment line at Mayo Clinic if you are indeed wanting to make an appointment. http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

You mentioned above that you have seen a medical professional in the past- What did they say about the thumping? Do you notice it get louder or more frequent and bothersome with exertion?

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My beat in my ears is synchronized with my heart beat and is constant. Never stops. Can’t sleep. Blood pressure is sky high. Unable to get an appt. with a cardiologist going on six months now. Have Medicare and Blue Cross. kittyrushing

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The thumping in my right ear is somewhat similar to how pulsatile tinnitus is described, though different. In my case, it seems directly connected to rhythmic sound. If for instance I hear a clock ticking, the thumping begins, without fail. Running an air conditioner or some other kind of background noise makes the thumping stop. The thumping is most pronounced when I lay my right ear on a pillow. The same ear is sensitive to loud noises, sometimes painfully so. I also have ringing in both ears fairly often, though I seem to have gotten used to that. The right ear thumping has been more or less always present ever since I had a very bad earache at the age of 8. If I recall correctly, my mother told me my eardrum had burst, but I don’t recall at this point if I ever was seen by a doctor for it.

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@johnearp

The thumping in my right ear is somewhat similar to how pulsatile tinnitus is described, though different. In my case, it seems directly connected to rhythmic sound. If for instance I hear a clock ticking, the thumping begins, without fail. Running an air conditioner or some other kind of background noise makes the thumping stop. The thumping is most pronounced when I lay my right ear on a pillow. The same ear is sensitive to loud noises, sometimes painfully so. I also have ringing in both ears fairly often, though I seem to have gotten used to that. The right ear thumping has been more or less always present ever since I had a very bad earache at the age of 8. If I recall correctly, my mother told me my eardrum had burst, but I don’t recall at this point if I ever was seen by a doctor for it.

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I have a loud fast thumping in both ears which is my heartbeat. I have a cardiologist who has prescribed medication for high blood pressure, which I have never had before but is now sky high. I did not have high blood pressure until the thumping started. It began after I quit taking .81 aspirin daily for 30 years. A Mayo clinic article said if you have never had heart problems or heart surgery, the risk of taking a blood thinner was greater than the benefit from the aspirin. I am back on the aspirin after several months but the thumping continues. Constant Loud Thumping will cause you to have high blood pressure, I guess???

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I've been sporadically hearing thumping in my left ear for most of my life due to all of my ear infections and uncoincidental hearing loss for the first 6 years of my life. So when I laid in bed trying to go to sleep last night the beating in my eardrum was very loud and strong not constant but sporadically fast until about 30 minutes after getting up. It was getting to the point that IIT started to hurt.

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In other words I've been up all night because of it

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@daniloc

I've been sporadically hearing thumping in my left ear for most of my life due to all of my ear infections and uncoincidental hearing loss for the first 6 years of my life. So when I laid in bed trying to go to sleep last night the beating in my eardrum was very loud and strong not constant but sporadically fast until about 30 minutes after getting up. It was getting to the point that IIT started to hurt.

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@daniloc, welcome to Connect. That must've been frightening. Did you consult a doctor after the thumping episode that you kept you awake all night last week?

You mention that you had hearing loss for the first 6 years of your life. Did your hearing get corrected?

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