Thumping/drumming in one ear

Posted by kerryf88 @kerryf88, Mar 15, 2019

It started about a week ago, I was walking my dog and suddenly I hear this rapid drumming sound in my right ear, twice, it doesn’t match my heartbeat at all, the second time it happened I covered my right ear with a finger and it’s gone. And since then I’ve been having occasional rapid thumps (3-4 thumps) in the right ear, maybe once or twice a day or sometimes none in a day, no common trigger, just happens randomly during the day. I don’t know why? When the thumping happens it feels like that ear is partially blocked like under water.

I’m currently experiencing slight dizziness due to bad postures from a few weeks ago, which leads to sore neck and shoulder, not sure if this could be related?

Hi @kerryf88 and welcome to Connect. That must be frustrating having this thumping in your ear.

i wanted to introduce you to fellow Connect members @kittyrushing @goodoldboy68 and @miscy13 as they have all mentioned ear thumping in the past and may be able to offer you support.

Back to you @kerryf88 when you cover your ear with a finger does that get rid of the thumps or do they go away on their own?

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Sure hope someone has some helpful information for this, I don't and have suffered with this for months on end. Mine just eventually stop but can go on for over an hour.

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @kerryf88 and welcome to Connect. That must be frustrating having this thumping in your ear.

i wanted to introduce you to fellow Connect members @kittyrushing @goodoldboy68 and @miscy13 as they have all mentioned ear thumping in the past and may be able to offer you support.

Back to you @kerryf88 when you cover your ear with a finger does that get rid of the thumps or do they go away on their own?

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It will go away when I cover my ear, and will also go away itself after a few thumps

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My thumping never stops. Thumps all day and all night.

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I have a very rapid thumping in my left ear that started in the last couple of weeks. When I cover or plug my ear it stops. It feels like pressure oscillations. It may start at any time and go on for an indetermined period of time and is constant. Not sure what to do about it.

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I have been noticing a weird thumping/pulsating sound in my right ear. If cover the ear, it stops.
Also found that when I watch tv on my cell phone (LG Stylo 2), that is when the thumping occurs (Spectrum TV app). Doesn't happen with any of my other devices, nor with PlutoTV, TubiTV, YouTube, or Netflix.
But if I turned the program off, the thumping stops. I put an emf counter by my phone and it is emiting up to 24.4 while the other devices are emitting 15 on the high end.
So I am assuming WIFI plus using the video somehow is creating a sound wave that I have described.
I just wonder, why only the right ear?? Why not both ears??

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@jbondzich

I have been noticing a weird thumping/pulsating sound in my right ear. If cover the ear, it stops.
Also found that when I watch tv on my cell phone (LG Stylo 2), that is when the thumping occurs (Spectrum TV app). Doesn't happen with any of my other devices, nor with PlutoTV, TubiTV, YouTube, or Netflix.
But if I turned the program off, the thumping stops. I put an emf counter by my phone and it is emiting up to 24.4 while the other devices are emitting 15 on the high end.
So I am assuming WIFI plus using the video somehow is creating a sound wave that I have described.
I just wonder, why only the right ear?? Why not both ears??

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Hello @jbondzich, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.
It's certainly frustrating to not know what's happening to yourself. While searching for the forum, I've found a discussion about pulsatile tinnitus that has similar symptoms of thumping/pulsating sounds like you described. Here's the link to the discussion: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pulsatile-tinnitus-1/

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I have had this problem for 90 plus days, teledoctors have put me on antibiotics thinking it was an infection, and it was not. I went to the ENT doc and he said wait another 60 days and see if it goes away on its own. When I put an earplug in my left ear, I hear a light drumming noise as fast as someone could drum. When I take the ear plug out, there is no drumming noise, just the constant ringing noise. My blood pressure seems to be about 10 points higher than it normally would be (maybe stress). The ENT said if it does not go away in 60 more days we will do a MRI of the brain, which scares the hell out of me. This came on during the Pandemic, out of work, bills piling up, unemployment income was only helping so much, dipping into rainy day savings account to make ends meet. I asked my ENT doc if there is anything I can do, he said just wait and see if it goes away. I am not sure if I can accept that answer. Is there anyone else who had ringing in the ear start during this Coronavirus Pandemic? I am very mentally sharp, business professional, and hate to think this is all brought on by stress, please share any news or solutions, the ringing in the left ear is driving me nutz!

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@mackmoving

I have had this problem for 90 plus days, teledoctors have put me on antibiotics thinking it was an infection, and it was not. I went to the ENT doc and he said wait another 60 days and see if it goes away on its own. When I put an earplug in my left ear, I hear a light drumming noise as fast as someone could drum. When I take the ear plug out, there is no drumming noise, just the constant ringing noise. My blood pressure seems to be about 10 points higher than it normally would be (maybe stress). The ENT said if it does not go away in 60 more days we will do a MRI of the brain, which scares the hell out of me. This came on during the Pandemic, out of work, bills piling up, unemployment income was only helping so much, dipping into rainy day savings account to make ends meet. I asked my ENT doc if there is anything I can do, he said just wait and see if it goes away. I am not sure if I can accept that answer. Is there anyone else who had ringing in the ear start during this Coronavirus Pandemic? I am very mentally sharp, business professional, and hate to think this is all brought on by stress, please share any news or solutions, the ringing in the left ear is driving me nutz!

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Hi @mackmoving, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about thumping or drumming in one ear. I did this so you can connect with @kerryf88 @kittyrushing @scottybach @morninglory @redhead63 @mikemcewen @akacha @cls91383 and others.

You might also be interested in reviewing these discussions:
– rapid thumping sound in left ear: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/rapid-thumping-sound-in-left-ear/
– Thumping in right ear, only triggered by sound https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/thumping-in-right-ear-only-triggered-by-sound/
– Pulsatile tinnitus https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pulsatile-tinnitus-1/

Mack, stress could be the cause or the contributor to the drumming and ringing that you're experiencing. Either way, one thing is for sure. You are dealing with a lot and reducing your distress will help your health. Easier said than done during these times when so much is out of our control. I encourage you to read through the past posts and ask questions.

It may seem simplistic to ask, but what are you doing to try and reduce your stress levels?

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@mackmoving

I have had this problem for 90 plus days, teledoctors have put me on antibiotics thinking it was an infection, and it was not. I went to the ENT doc and he said wait another 60 days and see if it goes away on its own. When I put an earplug in my left ear, I hear a light drumming noise as fast as someone could drum. When I take the ear plug out, there is no drumming noise, just the constant ringing noise. My blood pressure seems to be about 10 points higher than it normally would be (maybe stress). The ENT said if it does not go away in 60 more days we will do a MRI of the brain, which scares the hell out of me. This came on during the Pandemic, out of work, bills piling up, unemployment income was only helping so much, dipping into rainy day savings account to make ends meet. I asked my ENT doc if there is anything I can do, he said just wait and see if it goes away. I am not sure if I can accept that answer. Is there anyone else who had ringing in the ear start during this Coronavirus Pandemic? I am very mentally sharp, business professional, and hate to think this is all brought on by stress, please share any news or solutions, the ringing in the left ear is driving me nutz!

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Hi @mackmoving. Many years ago, I experienced the ringing in my ears. Surgical options were discussed but that scared the hell out of me. It turned out to be stress related from my job but went away on its own. I don't remember how long it took but I had experienced the ringing for several weeks before I saw an ENT. There is no cure for tinnitus but there are things that may help. Unfortunately, they don't pay the bills. You may want to check out the Pure Tinnitus YouTube channel for some informational videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuH8CgFikmhRc2ALsI0j4uQ
Tony in Michigan

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@mackmoving

I have had this problem for 90 plus days, teledoctors have put me on antibiotics thinking it was an infection, and it was not. I went to the ENT doc and he said wait another 60 days and see if it goes away on its own. When I put an earplug in my left ear, I hear a light drumming noise as fast as someone could drum. When I take the ear plug out, there is no drumming noise, just the constant ringing noise. My blood pressure seems to be about 10 points higher than it normally would be (maybe stress). The ENT said if it does not go away in 60 more days we will do a MRI of the brain, which scares the hell out of me. This came on during the Pandemic, out of work, bills piling up, unemployment income was only helping so much, dipping into rainy day savings account to make ends meet. I asked my ENT doc if there is anything I can do, he said just wait and see if it goes away. I am not sure if I can accept that answer. Is there anyone else who had ringing in the ear start during this Coronavirus Pandemic? I am very mentally sharp, business professional, and hate to think this is all brought on by stress, please share any news or solutions, the ringing in the left ear is driving me nutz!

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Stress usually causes it and low magnesium. Google thumping and ringing in the ear and magnesium. I've had it and noticed it was stress induced. So I started doing de stressing techniques like exercising, meditation, hiking and walking, enjoying nature and reading books (anything that helps you relax), but I also started taking magnesium vitamins and it started going away. Just research low magnesium and thumping in the ear and there is a lot of info out there on it.

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My thumping IS my heartbeat, I will research the magnesium in connection with pulsatile tinnitus. Thanks for any advice.

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@kittyrushing

My thumping IS my heartbeat, I will research the magnesium in connection with pulsatile tinnitus. Thanks for any advice.

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Yes if you look it up many studies say magnesium deficiency can cause hearing loss, thumping in ears, muscle twitching etc.

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@tootie42

Yes if you look it up many studies say magnesium deficiency can cause hearing loss, thumping in ears, muscle twitching etc.

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Thank you for your input. I am going to try it.

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For 3 weeks now I have been kept from sleeping due to continuous episodes of percussive thumps in my ear — 7 – 12 times in a row in an arrhythmic volley. After this sequence, it will pause for about 30 sec. and then resume. This is NOT associated with heartbeat. I can feel the vibration when I put my little finger in my ear. No change in head or body position – even trying to sleep sitting up – will stop it. No luck with massaging muscles around ear, pulling on ear lobes, cartilage, inserting an earplug deep in canal. My sleep dr. says my CPAP pressure is too low to cause this. Sometimes during day it will occur but not incessantly as at night. Will schedule ENT appt. tmw. Any insights? Thx.

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