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Eustachian tube opening, tinnitus, periodic rhythmic sounds in the ears - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health qu
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   hello there yesterday afternoon and all today i have had this weird nosie in my ear and sounds like heart eat rythym
Doctor :   Ok
User :   what is it
Doctor :   One can hear sounds in the ear when there is no external stimulus.
Doctor :   A ringing sensation are heard sometimes which is described as tinnitus.
Doctor :   Since you describe it as rhythmical sound,
User :   its like a heart beat sound and wooshing noise
Doctor :   it is probably opening of the Eustachian tubes.
Doctor :   The sounds you heard could either be the tinnitus or eustachian tubes opening.
Doctor :   Both of these conditions are non concerning problems.
User :   i cant hear tv with it and sumtimes it will go away for 2 mins then i feel deaf in that ear
Doctor :   They need attention if you had other symptoms such as persisting ear pain, ear discharge, hearing difficulty, sorethroat, headache/nasal congestion and fever.
Doctor :   Since your symptoms were on and off and not constant
Doctor :   I do not find them as concerning ones.
User :   whats the whooshing nosie with thwe heart beat noise
User :   i have had this in the ear for 2 days
Doctor :   I have explained to you.
Doctor :   It either could be tinnitus
Doctor :   or the sound heard due to opening of the Eustachian tube.
User :   what tube is that
User :   and why would it be opening
Doctor :   It is a tube that connects ears to the throat. A tube designed to regulate the pressure changes between the ear and the throat.
Doctor :   It is opens up when there are pressure differences across the tube to bring the pressures back to normal.
Doctor :   A normal mechanism of the body.
User :   so its not serious\
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   it is serious
Doctor :   No, it is not a serious concern.
Doctor :   You need not worry.
Doctor :   Watch out for ear ache, ear discharge, sore throat, nasal congestion or fever.
User :   when will the wooshing noise go away and heart beat noise
Doctor :   If you have these associated symptoms then you need to see an ENT surgeon to rule out ear infections.
User :   why what if i get them things
Doctor :   These sounds happen unexpectedly without any reasons.
Doctor :   And they can also occur due to infections.
Doctor :   Usually they subside in a few days.
Doctor :   Some people have them for a longer period of time such as weeks to few months.
Doctor :   Not a concern.
Doctor :   You need to see a ENT surgeon if those associated symptoms are found.
User :   why see ENT doctor
Doctor :   You will need to see an ENT doctor if those associated symptoms happen.
Doctor :   The reason behind it
Doctor :   is that ear infections needs to be ruled out.
Doctor :   Ear infections may some time need antibiotics
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
User :   oh ok
User :   how you get ear infectuons and what causes them
Doctor :   Infections gain entry commonly through the upper respiratory tract - the nose, throat and mouth.
Doctor :   Very few enter via the ear. Such cases are seen when there is trauma / injury to the ear.
Doctor :   So if you have symptoms of upper respiratory infections - such as nasal congestion, sorethroat, sinusistis(throbbing headache), fever associated with ear pain, ear discharge and the hearing sounds in the ear
Doctor :   it could be features of infection.
Doctor :   Thus the need to consult an ENT doctor.
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