rapid thumping sound in left ear

Posted by cinnamon @cinnamon, Apr 22, 2012

I had a thumping sound in my right ear got louder at times when I burped about a month ago. It was fluid in my ear caused by allergies even if you have never had allergies before you can all of sudden have it. That’s what happened to me in my late 30’s. I had been using Flonase everyday for the last 3 years but when I started having the thumping in my ear again I switched to using Nasacort 1 spray in each nostril twice a day everyday and I starting taking Zyrtec once everyday and 3 weeks later my issue was gone. A lot of times issues like that are caused by allergies. It does help to change your diet a little bit to if you eat and drink a lot of dairy.

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I have decided that no one has the same tinnitus that I do. In the beginning, I had very loud thumping in both ears, exactly matching my heartbeat. It actually started with a swishing sound but quickly moved on to loud thumping. It went on for one year before I could get an appointment with a cardiologist at the clinic where I had been seen for 20 years. The nurse practitioner had me wear a harness and said I was "fine". As the thumping continued, six months later l saw another nurse practitioner who gave me a prescription for Losartan. I called back and said that I would like to see one of the other doctors in the group (most of whom I know personally) and was told that I could have an appointment in two weeks with the one I had been seeing for several years prior to this problem. At that appointment, I was given a prescription for Metropolol. My blood pressure is down considerably. I did not have high blood pressure until the thumping started but I sure had it after a year or so of not being able to sleep more than four to five hours a night. I have now had three months of medication and my blood pressure seems to be down in an acceptable range and the thumping is still there but I barely hear it except at night and I can sleep again. I would like to know if anyone else has ever experienced this type of tinnitus. I read one discussion where Colleen mentioned Pulsatile Tinnitus to someone else and I have now been to an otolaryngologist, who said my hearing is great. Pulsatile Tinnitus is apparently caused by a change in blood flow. After 30 years of taking an aspirin (.81mg) daily, and then seeing articles from Mayo and other newspaper articles regarding the risk of blood thinners compared to the benefit of the aspirin, I quit taking it. Not long after that the swishing and then rapid thumping started. The otolaryngologist said there is an test to detect blood vessels that might be affected in the brain, as well as the heart.. It seems to be up to me to decide whether or not to take the test. How would I know what to do? Has anyone ever had this type of tinnitus?

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@kittyrushing: I have experienced this type of tinnitus, exactly matching my heartbeat. I suffer from severe anxiety and depression, and take medication for these conditions. I tried all kinds of medication and got many tests done, but the sound continued. Then, about a year ago, I took pregabalin to control my anxiety. What happened was very unexpected. In addition to a reduction in my anxiety, the sound in my ears also stopped. And has remained stopped. I don't know if this would help you. All the best.

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@pankaj

@kittyrushing: I have experienced this type of tinnitus, exactly matching my heartbeat. I suffer from severe anxiety and depression, and take medication for these conditions. I tried all kinds of medication and got many tests done, but the sound continued. Then, about a year ago, I took pregabalin to control my anxiety. What happened was very unexpected. In addition to a reduction in my anxiety, the sound in my ears also stopped. And has remained stopped. I don't know if this would help you. All the best.

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Thank you so much. I will suggest it to my doctor and give it a try.

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Please rule out AVM, arterio-venous malformation. Lisa Blake, Chiropractic Physician

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@shieldandguide

Please rule out AVM, arterio-venous malformation. Lisa Blake, Chiropractic Physician

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And how do you go about doing that?

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@kittyrushing

And how do you go about doing that?

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Yes I agree with @shieldandguide, you should def rule out AVM and DAVF. This is typically done by cerebral angiogram. I went thru this process…ENT suggested I had anxiety and depression. Not the case, in fact I’m going for my 2nd angio on Monday to check everything out because pulsatile tinnitus is back after procedure a year ago. I was diagnosed with DAVF.

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@lizm2

Yes I agree with @shieldandguide, you should def rule out AVM and DAVF. This is typically done by cerebral angiogram. I went thru this process…ENT suggested I had anxiety and depression. Not the case, in fact I’m going for my 2nd angio on Monday to check everything out because pulsatile tinnitus is back after procedure a year ago. I was diagnosed with DAVF.

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Who did your angiogram. . . a neurologist, an otolaryngologist, a cardiologist?? Thank you for your help.

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@kittyrushing

Who did your angiogram. . . a neurologist, an otolaryngologist, a cardiologist?? Thank you for your help.

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A neurosurgeon, the ENT referred me.

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@lizm2

A neurosurgeon, the ENT referred me.

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thanks

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Hello all, Just found this site and will give it a try. Has anyone in this group ever experienced intermittent. rapid, loud thumps heard in their head? I can't differentiate if it is my head or my ears that is perceiving it. I have no medical history that would cause this annoying symptom, my heart and lungs are very healthy. I have no disease but moderate arthritis. Please do share…… Thank you!

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Hello @shieldandguide,
I’m so glad you’ve joined Connect – welcome! You may notice that I moved your message to the ENT group as we have several members talking about similar symptoms, and I'd like to connect you with them. Simply click VIEW & REPLY in your email notification to find your post.

As you go through this discussion, you’ll meet a few members who’ve talked about a condition called pulsatile tinnitus – a type of rhythmic thumping or whooshing, like a heartbeat, that only you can hear. Here’s some more information from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156

When did you notice your symptoms, @shieldandguide?

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