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Why do Women Have a Higher Risk of Pulsatile Tinnitus?

According to recent studies it is shown that the occurrence of pulsatile tinnitus is lower in men than that of women. Here are some distinctive reasons why pulsatile tinnitus occurs within women.

Let’s begin with pregnancy which is regarded as a cause for developing the effects of pulsatile tinnitus. On the other hand there is no direct evidence to prove its link with the condition, however there are studies conducted on pregnant women that indicates a 66% occurrence. Still at this moment researches are trying to find out why this happens.

There are some theories however that point to the idea that pregnancy induces hypertension which has a common manifestation that is the same with increased blood flow within the system, thus the theory because pulsatile tinnitus is linked with increased blood pressure. If it is true it is due to hypertension during pregnancy then pulsatile tinnitus should greatly reduce or totally vanish after giving birth.

It is said women that undergo a cycle change in hormonal imbalance (menstrual cycle) can intensify pulsatile tinnitus.
Thus the rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone in the body, which also gives rise to blood pressure spikes, as well as a higher sensitivity to pulsatile tinnitus.

Otosclerosis relates back to pregnancy to where women who are pregnant are more prone to developing this condition than men. This condition is noticeable with abnormal growths on the stapes bone, which is a tiny piece of bone along with the others that comprises the hearing mechanism in the ear. Due to the overgrowth, the conduction of signals become weakened, resulting to hearing loss and is linked with the occurrence of pulsatile tinnitus as an indirect factor.

Otosclerosis was first discovered in 1858 where it was first though to be the cause of pulsatile tinnitus, thus women were discouraged to become pregnant to avoid the condition and becoming deaf. However current research disproves this as no evidence is found linking pregnancy to becoming deaf.

It is highly recommended that those who suffer otosclerosis should seek medical treatment first. Stapedectomy is a quick procedure with outstanding prognosis, allowing a much safer pregnancy afterwards.

Now let it be clear that pulsatile tinnitus is not exclusive among women. Men also suffer from this condition, especially those marked with high blood pressure and emotional stress. However women have a higher risk for it to occur given the mentioned reasons.

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