Hearing heartbeat in your head / pulsatile tinnitus

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Rufus27 Sun 22-Dec-19 20:55:59

For the last two months I’ve heard my heart beat in my right ear at night, plus I experience a kind of wooshing sensation (no pain) and the heart beating noise if I move my head suddenly.

GP referred me to an ENT consultant who ordered MRIs which I had last Friday. I won’t get the results until after Christmas and have made the mistake of googling and now I’m absolutely convinced that I’ll need major surgery and I’m absolutely petrified. (I have two toddlers with SEN, and very little support, which is adding to my panic).

Can anybody share any positive experiences about pulsatile tinnitus? Has it gone away in its own or been treating without surgery?

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GaaaaarlicBread Sun 22-Dec-19 21:03:41

Hey I suffer from this but I am also deaf.
ENT referred me to see another Audiologist and they gave me new hearing aids which helped with balance etc . They also did a manoeuvre which somehow helped (it was horrible when they did it and made me sick but the long term effect is amazing ). Hope that helps x

hohopo Sun 22-Dec-19 21:10:39

I heAr my heart beat and whooshing noise, have done for years didn't know it was anything I should get checked out 😳😂

Rodders92 Sun 22-Dec-19 21:44:12

I had this following an ear infection when the eardrum perforated it did settle after a few months

Rufus27 Sun 22-Dec-19 22:28:22

Glad I’m not alone! Hohopo, I would get it checked out as it can indicate vascular problems. I was surprised how seriously the doctors have taken it - had assumed it was nothing to worry about.

Itsemily, they did test my hearing but it was fine.

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Elieza Sun 22-Dec-19 22:34:49

I get this fixed in under an hour with acupuncture. I get it because of phlegm in my ears. The needles just open channels that make my ears drain. Immediately. Job done. Until I get the cold again. Fifty quid a go. I feel it’s totally worth it. Doesn’t hurt.


eurochick Sun 22-Dec-19 22:38:30

I had this during pregnancy. It went away once the baby was delivered. I assume it was blood pressure related.

curlyfries Sun 22-Dec-19 22:39:05

I’ve had it for years and years, it’s never got any worse and sometimes I’m not aware of it - sometimes get it if I feel stressed

2020BetterBeBetter Sun 22-Dec-19 22:43:55

I get this on and off all the time. I think for me it’s either medication dependant or depends on my blood pressure. I never realised it could be so serious.

Nat6999 Sun 22-Dec-19 22:46:15

I get this on & off, I also suffer from ordinary tinnitus as well as having super sensitive hearing ( I can hear electricity in walls) I have been told that some of this is due to autism.

FeckaDecka Sun 22-Dec-19 22:48:52

Vit B12 deficiency

notangelinajolie Sun 22-Dec-19 22:52:39

I get this. Mine is B12 deficiency.

funmummy48 Sun 22-Dec-19 23:01:35

I get it now and again. I thought it was just "one of those things" so haven't had it checked. To be fair, it only lasts for about half an hour at the most.

Ohyesiam Sun 22-Dec-19 23:06:55

I notice this more when I’m overweight? I thought it was to do with BP being higher than optimal.

Copperblack Sun 22-Dec-19 23:13:27

Do you have headaches or pain when you stand up/bend? If so it could be Intercranial Hypertension, which is grim but treatable. There are lots of less serious causes though.

Bluerussian Sun 22-Dec-19 23:51:02


Valsalva manoeuvre?

FenellaVelour Mon 23-Dec-19 00:07:22

I get this occasionally, always at night. I never knew I should get it checked out 😳

123efox Fri 24-Jan-20 09:24:28

Rufus27 how did it go? I have ent on monday for this. Been getting it since may, freaking me out.

Rufus27 Fri 24-Jan-20 10:08:45

Saw ENT who ordered MRIs and said there was a possibility it could be a small benign tumour near my ear. As it happened, MRI was clear but ENT wanted me to see a cardiologist. They think it could be related to my blood pressure (which is very low) so I’m waiting for an appointment.

Good luck with your apt!

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