rapid thumping sound in left ear

Posted by cinnamon @cinnamon, Apr 22, 2012

rapid thumping sound in left ear

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@variegata

Did you get a diagnosis / solve this? I have the same thing only when in bed. Like the percussion section in my ear — thumps 7 – 12 times in a row and then pauses for about 30 sec. only to resume. No change in head or body position – even trying to sleep sitting up — will stop it. So no sleep. Bad. Going to make ENT appt tmw.

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@ Variegata I too experience exactly what you describe. I am wondering if my experience is linked to blood sugar b/c it seems to occur most often after I eat (anything at all doesn't seem to correlate w/ refined sugars). When I don't eat all day, it tends to disappear. Obviously not eating for days on end is not an option. I don't drink alcohol/use caffeine so diet wise, the only "culprit" might be blood sugar. I wish I knew who to see — maybe like @lizm2 — a neurosurgeon? I wish I could address — it's hard to live with.

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@thumpingear

@ Variegata I too experience exactly what you describe. I am wondering if my experience is linked to blood sugar b/c it seems to occur most often after I eat (anything at all doesn't seem to correlate w/ refined sugars). When I don't eat all day, it tends to disappear. Obviously not eating for days on end is not an option. I don't drink alcohol/use caffeine so diet wise, the only "culprit" might be blood sugar. I wish I knew who to see — maybe like @lizm2 — a neurosurgeon? I wish I could address — it's hard to live with.

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@thumpingear Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You are experiencing "thumping" in your ear after you eat and you are unsure of the cause and which kind of provider to see.

Below I have linked a similar past discussion that members @kittyrushing @lizm2 @mdrake2020 were part of.

– Thumping in right ear, only triggered by sound https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thumping-in-right-ear-only-triggered-by-sound/

In this previous post, tinnitus was mentioned. I have linked a Mayo Clinic article on tinnitus below. You may want to clarify with your provider if this diagnosis is a possibility.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-2035015
I'm wondering if you have reached out to your primary care provider regarding the "thumping"?

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@thumpingear

@ Variegata I too experience exactly what you describe. I am wondering if my experience is linked to blood sugar b/c it seems to occur most often after I eat (anything at all doesn't seem to correlate w/ refined sugars). When I don't eat all day, it tends to disappear. Obviously not eating for days on end is not an option. I don't drink alcohol/use caffeine so diet wise, the only "culprit" might be blood sugar. I wish I knew who to see — maybe like @lizm2 — a neurosurgeon? I wish I could address — it's hard to live with.

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Hi, please see my post at https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thumpingdrumming-in-right-ear/?pg=2#comment-441992 Just posted uan update today 11/18

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@stacmac

My fluttering started 2 days ago. It's 24 hours a day. Only in my left ear. And, like you, when I plug my ear, I hear nothing. What is it?

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Hello. Have you learned anymore about this. Mine started two months ago, and oddly I was told my BP was a little high. (When I went in about it.) I went to my Family doctor (suggestion was to lose 5 pounds and eat more fruits and vegetables). I went to an ENT whom told me that is was a muscle spasm. It seems to get worse for about 10-12 days around menstruation.
I told both the ENT and my doc that when I plug my ear the noise goes away. The ENT looked at me like I didn't know what I was talking about. My family doc listened and said it sounded interesting. Why would external pressure relieve the rapid (seems like 4x my heart beat – like I hear all 4 chambers) beating I hear. I read something about poor posture. Today my husband agreed to start eating better with me. Right now I can hear the regular heart beat flow. But when I burp and don't swallow right away it is a speedy, rhythmic pulsating. I'm so afraid. I don't wantbto have surgery.

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@melissac13

Hello. Have you learned anymore about this. Mine started two months ago, and oddly I was told my BP was a little high. (When I went in about it.) I went to my Family doctor (suggestion was to lose 5 pounds and eat more fruits and vegetables). I went to an ENT whom told me that is was a muscle spasm. It seems to get worse for about 10-12 days around menstruation.
I told both the ENT and my doc that when I plug my ear the noise goes away. The ENT looked at me like I didn't know what I was talking about. My family doc listened and said it sounded interesting. Why would external pressure relieve the rapid (seems like 4x my heart beat – like I hear all 4 chambers) beating I hear. I read something about poor posture. Today my husband agreed to start eating better with me. Right now I can hear the regular heart beat flow. But when I burp and don't swallow right away it is a speedy, rhythmic pulsating. I'm so afraid. I don't wantbto have surgery.

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We must have the same doctor. , . 5 pounds and more fruits and vegetables! Whooshers.com is an arm of the American Pulsatile Tinnitus Association. They say that if your doctor tells you to get used to the noise, you should get a new doctor. I had gotten a new doctor but before I could see him, he contracted Covid-19 and is now on a ventilator. I will let you know what happens if I am able to see him.

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@kittyrushing

We must have the same doctor. , . 5 pounds and more fruits and vegetables! Whooshers.com is an arm of the American Pulsatile Tinnitus Association. They say that if your doctor tells you to get used to the noise, you should get a new doctor. I had gotten a new doctor but before I could see him, he contracted Covid-19 and is now on a ventilator. I will let you know what happens if I am able to see him.

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Oh wow….. I am so sorry to read about your doctor. 🙁 I think there may something to what she has said though. I have been reading quite a bit. I read a NIH doc and it seemed all the patients did not have narrowing of the arteries but, that having acupuncture might provide some relief. They had done all these different pressure points. This is my second month with it. As I mentioned previously, I had a brief reprieve. I think it went away for two weeks. I started eating a heart healthy diet. If anything, it can't hurt. 🙂 I will keep you updated of I learn anything! Take care, Melissa

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Hello @melissac13 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I understand you can relate to @stacmac and @kittyrushing with the thumping sound in your ear.

Will you please share if you try acupuncture to let others know if it provides you relief?

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@melissac13

Hello. Have you learned anymore about this. Mine started two months ago, and oddly I was told my BP was a little high. (When I went in about it.) I went to my Family doctor (suggestion was to lose 5 pounds and eat more fruits and vegetables). I went to an ENT whom told me that is was a muscle spasm. It seems to get worse for about 10-12 days around menstruation.
I told both the ENT and my doc that when I plug my ear the noise goes away. The ENT looked at me like I didn't know what I was talking about. My family doc listened and said it sounded interesting. Why would external pressure relieve the rapid (seems like 4x my heart beat – like I hear all 4 chambers) beating I hear. I read something about poor posture. Today my husband agreed to start eating better with me. Right now I can hear the regular heart beat flow. But when I burp and don't swallow right away it is a speedy, rhythmic pulsating. I'm so afraid. I don't wantbto have surgery.

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@melissac13 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You started to have thumping in your ear two months ago and you are looking to Connect with members like you.

Members like @kittyrushing @thumpingear @variegata @stacmac @lizm2 @cls91383 have experience with this topic and may be provide you with information and/or support.

I'm wondering if you have considered seeing another ENT or tinnitus specialist?

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@erikas

@melissac13 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You started to have thumping in your ear two months ago and you are looking to Connect with members like you.

Members like @kittyrushing @thumpingear @variegata @stacmac @lizm2 @cls91383 have experience with this topic and may be provide you with information and/or support.

I'm wondering if you have considered seeing another ENT or tinnitus specialist?

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Hi. I've seen an ENT and he said it was caused by spasms in the ear.

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@melissac13

Hi. I've seen an ENT and he said it was caused by spasms in the ear.

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@melissac13-Hi. The body can be very loud sometimes. Think of the common things…a burp, hiccup and other bodily noises. It’s very common to get nervous about a noise that seems uncommon. I have had a thumping in my ear for a very long time. I got it checked out and was told the same thing. The ear drum in that specific ear, spasms. The ear drums are muscles and sometimes they can be stressed by all kinds of things. Loud noises, temperature etc…although it’s not a “normal” feeling. If you can normalize it as something your body does, then you will be on the road to hearing it less. When your mind knows it’s not harming you, it will not alert you as strongly. Hope this helps.

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@melissac13

Oh wow….. I am so sorry to read about your doctor. 🙁 I think there may something to what she has said though. I have been reading quite a bit. I read a NIH doc and it seemed all the patients did not have narrowing of the arteries but, that having acupuncture might provide some relief. They had done all these different pressure points. This is my second month with it. As I mentioned previously, I had a brief reprieve. I think it went away for two weeks. I started eating a heart healthy diet. If anything, it can't hurt. 🙂 I will keep you updated of I learn anything! Take care, Melissa

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Melissac13, please my posting at https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thumpingdrumming-in-right-ear/?pg=2#comment-441992 It includes my diagnosis and what triggers the drumming spasms, duration, etc. More than a few ppl experience these after yawning or burping, but as these are autonomic actions, stopping them from fully happening before the drumming is triggered is just a matter of luck. I can only add that mine started not long after I was diagnosed with a frozen left shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), but no doctor has found this to be anything more than coincidental. And perhaps it is. Who knows? I've found no reason why they started or why some days or nights they are more frequent and longer in duration than others. Regardless, do please read my earlier posting via the link above.

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@melissac13

Hi. I've seen an ENT and he said it was caused by spasms in the ear.

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@melissac13 I was unclear. The ENT did say that it was due to ear spasms, but there was no explanation or treatment provided, right? I was wondering if another ENT might be able to confirm the diagnosis and explain the, "I plug my ear the noise goes away," part.

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