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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Mine started thumping sporadically throughout the day right after I tried a new psych med.
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?
day, when im standing mostly
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?
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
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.
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???
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.
In other words I've been up all night because of it
@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?
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.
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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