Learn more about the 4 main causes of tinnitus

  • tinnitus from noise damage
  • tinnitus from trauma or stress
  • tinnitus from allergies or sinus
  • tinnitus from meniere's disease

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Pulse In Ear

[imwb_socialbuzz] By John On December 18, 2008 Under Ringing In Ears, T-Gone Tinnitus

Many people can hear their heartbeat, especially in a very silent room. This is known as pulsatile tinnitus and can often be caused as a result of chronic conditions such as high cholesterol levels. This can cause a build up of fatty tissues in the blood vessels.

When the person is over stressed or engaged in stressful activity, they may also hear a pulse in ear synchronized with their own heartbeat since our carotid arteries are close to the ears.



The sound of pulse to be heard in your ears is known as pulsating or vascular tinnitus. Generally, tinnitus is the ringing, hissing or roaring in the ears. It can also be heard as pulse or throbbing sound in the ear or head. The main possible causes of hearing pulsating tinnitus include:

  • Atheroma – In pathology, an atheroma (plural: atheromata) is an accumulation and swelling (-oma) in artery walls that is made up of cells (mostly macrophage cells), or cell debris, that contain lipids (cholesterol and fatty acids), calcium and a variable amount of fibrous connective tissue. In the context of heart or artery matters, atheromata are commonly referred to as atheromatous plaques. It is an unhealthy condition, but is found in most humans.
  • Chronic inflammation or infection of the middle ear. This is often accompanied by increased blood flow to the inflamed tissue. The sudden pressure or blood flow can sometimes be heard in the earĀ  like pulse or multiple beats.
  • Eustachian-tube dysfunction. The Eustachian tubes linked the middle ears to the upper throat. They work like an air valve to equalize the era pressure both in the inner and the outer ear. Failure of the Eustachian tubes to function well sometimes result in pulsating tinnitus.
  • Middle-ear effusion (fluid). The middle ear is usually an air-filled space. If there is a presence of infection, inflammation or dysfunction in the Eustachian tubes, this may also result to pulsatile tinnitus. The symptoms commonly experienced from this cause are decreased hearing, a feeling of pressure in the ear sometimes go along with ear pain.
  • Vascular tumors. These tumors in the middle are benign types commonly referred to as “glomus” tumors or “paragangliomas.”. Since they are located in near or inside the ear, the abnormal blood flow can also cause hearing of pulse in ears. Usually a patient will undergo surgical procedures solve the problem.

There are other causes of vascular tinnitus not mentioned in this article. It is therefore advised for the sufferer to see an ENT specialist for further evaluation of such to prevent tinnitus and other ear problems to get worse. The ruling out of the possible causes of the pulsation in the ears can help in finding an effective tinnitus remedy for the condition.

Source: Wikipedia