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Pulsatile Tinnitus Causes

Pulsatile tinnitus is perhaps the most irritating out of all tinnitus symptoms, besides the ringing it also associates with drumming, pulsing or pulsating noises. Now generally very little is explained to people about tinnitus and thus it is important to know in order to prevent or treat it before it gets worse. Although often it evolves without any warning, this is commen with older people above the age of 40. However the majority of tinnitus sufferers get pulsatile tinnitus due to somehow damaging delicate structures of the inner ear. Thus pulsatile tinnitus is the sound of your own pulse, heart beat or blood flow which causes the ringing sound in your ears. Some people believe tinnitus is a disease but that is wrong, it is a symptom affected by malfunctions in our body.

When you have tinnitus it is important to see a doctor however it is likely they will tell you that there is no cure and you will just have to live with it, although this depends on what caused the tinnitus. If it is caused by exposure to loud noise then you are likely to have it permanently. However for those that have pulsatile tinnitus there is a better chance of getting it treated.

The symptom is commonly caused by hypertension, which is due to the high blood pressure causing the pulsing and ringing noises to be heard within the ear canal, and can even actuate slight pounding and discomfort. This condition can also be caused by anemia, and even excessive exercise. Since intense exercise can also cause high blood pressure, the two are often related.

Causes of pulsatile tinnitus includes:

• Arteriovenous malformations – Which is a group of veins that can interfere with the auditory nerve, causing ringing and different inner ear problems. This condition is pretty unusual but none the less still treatable.

• Middle ear fluid – If due to infection or other factors the fluid accumulates behind the middle ear and can cause pulsating results.

• Chronic inflammation – This is where delicate structures of the inner ear is damaged, causing increased blood flow to the damaged tissue. It is this blood flow that causes that thumping or ringing in the ears.

• Hypertension
• Glomus Tumor
• Atherosclerotic Carotid Artery Disease
• Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH)
• Intracranial Vascular Lesions
• Venous Hum
• Twisted Arteries

In order to get tinnitus treated it is important to know the cause of it. A relative common one is having high cholesterol which which should be treated immediately by making lifestyle changes. There is an e-book written by a former chronic tinnitus sufferer in which he explains every form of tinnitus and what to do to get it cured.

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  1. ariana says:

    my son who is 7 years old has pulsatle tinnitus, you can hear it with a stethascope. he has had MRI, nothing found, we are waiting to see a cardiologist. Basicly we have been told there might be nothing they can do. how can a child live with this?

    • D. Anderson says:

      Sorry to hear that about your son, hopefully they manage to find a solution. That is really a rare case because I have never heard of someone at that age having pulsatile tinnitus. If they can’t cure him I would assume your son will manage to cope with it since he is young and still developing, it is usually harder to deal with when you get it at an older age. Basicly he will have to make lifestyle changes, although I am pretty sure he will adapt to it quicker.

      I have pulsatile tinnitus and made lifestyle changes like eating healthier foods, doing a detox, that kind of thing. From the ebook Tinnitus Miracle which helped me gain relief.

  2. Bill P. says:

    Thanks for the info.

  3. Hollie Branin says:

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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