rapid thumping sound in left ear

Posted by cinnamon @cinnamon, Apr 22, 2012

rapid thumping sound in left ear

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@jmnm

@gregk I think I’ve been experiencing the same thing. I get a fast, sporadic thumping/tapping in my right ear only that can last for hours. Very fast, very distracting. Almost sounds like when you have water in your ear and you tap your head. Does not match my heartbeat at all. And stops when I completely close/plug my ear. I can’t sleep or focus on anything when it’s happening which is very often lately. I’ve been trying some wax clearing drops and flushing with warm water to see if it will improve and also magnesium supplements. But please, if you or anyone else have any ideas or suggestions for at home relief, how to stop it or what it is, please let me know!! Thank you!

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I have had these same symptoms for over 10 years. Did anything finally help you? The only thing that works for me is wearing a tight earplug in my right ear when it starts happening.

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@wintercraig

I have had these same symptoms for over 10 years. Did anything finally help you? The only thing that works for me is wearing a tight earplug in my right ear when it starts happening.

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@wintercraig, has this thumping been diagnosed as tinnitus? Or is it different?

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@loisde

It most happens if I give even a little burp but can come on anytime.

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Omg! I have the exact thing! If I burp, I get in my left ear, it's like if I was at fireworks, and I cup my ear, it sounds like that! It's like a spasm, but with random hard thumping. NOT heart beat. So, what is this?? It started about 2 months ago.

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@redmonarch8

For the past 24 hours, I've been having the spastic thumbing in my ear. It doesn't match my heart beat either. It's very random, but it seems to happen every 3-6 seconds and lasts about 5-10 seconds. What could this be?

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Did you ever find out what it was? I started getting this about 2 months ago. I also have ringing in the ears, have had it for about 3 years.

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@kittencuddler

Did you ever find out what it was? I started getting this about 2 months ago. I also have ringing in the ears, have had it for about 3 years.

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Hello @kittencuddler, Welcome to Connect. I see that you have replied to 2 older posts by members who do not appear to be following Connect anymore. I'm hoping other members who share your symptoms will see your post and share their experiences with you.

Your symptoms sound similar to pulsatile tinnitus. There is another discussion you may want to view and meet other members with these symptoms to learn what they have shared — Pulsatile tinnitus: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pulsatile-tinnitus-1/

More information on pulsatile tinnitus:
— What's to know about pulsatile tinnitus?: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319494

Have you discussed your symptoms with your doctor?

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I just started having this problem a couple weeks ago.

It woke me up this morning with my second “attack”.

Don’t know if this is a “cure” but I spilt some liquid on the floor, bent over to clean the mess and when I stood up the “thumping” was gone.

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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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Did you figure this out? This happened to me about 2 weeks ago and lasted around 5 days. It went away and now it started again. It's constantly there but sporadic in rhythm.

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@dlimes

Did you figure this out? This happened to me about 2 weeks ago and lasted around 5 days. It went away and now it started again. It's constantly there but sporadic in rhythm.

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Hi @dlimes, have you been to see a doctor about this? An ENT specialist?

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I have rapid thumping in my left ear which in turn makes the left side of my face twitch. 3 neurologist says its nothing and just want to do botox.. There has to be another answer

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@scase119

I have rapid thumping in my left ear which in turn makes the left side of my face twitch. 3 neurologist says its nothing and just want to do botox.. There has to be another answer

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Welcome, @scase119. Is the thumping and twitching constant or does it come and go?

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@scase119

I have rapid thumping in my left ear which in turn makes the left side of my face twitch. 3 neurologist says its nothing and just want to do botox.. There has to be another answer

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R u on gabapentin?

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