Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
182 Doctors are Online

Why am i experiencing windy noise heart beat in my right ear inspite of having an abnormal amount of air in my ear bone? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 1777 Questions
User:Hello, I am experiencing the following symptoms: windy noise in my right ear, sometimes feels like my own heartbeat, when I move, bent down it worsens or becomes louder. I also have post nasal drip, and pressure in that ear, can be painful sometimes. Went to the ER they did a CT scan and it revealed an abnormal amount of air in my ear bone. The Dr didnt know what this meant though. I am very very anxious and stressed, I have had this for a week now. Please... help me. XXXXXXX
Doctor:Please let me read your post
Doctor:DO you have fever and pain in the ear ?
User:no fever
User:just pressure
User:the most disturbing symptom is the windy/heartbeat sound
Doctor:There are two possibilities for such an finding in the scan
Doctor:Middle ear infection or hole in the ear drum
User:so infections also come with no fever?
Doctor:Most of times only chronic infections can present with such finding in the scan
Doctor:Chronic infections usually don't present with fever or pain
Doctor:A course of antibiotics would be necessary to reduce the intensity of infection which may also help to reduce the air in the middle ear
Doctor:Are you there ?
Doctor:Is there anything I could help you with ?
User:just a few more questions
Doctor:Please proceed
User:is it possible that the dr was not able to realize that it was an infection?
User:are infections easy to miss?
Doctor:Yes, since chronic infection do not present with any obvious symptoms or even signs
User:what should I do then?
Doctor:it is possible to miss them
User:even with the results of the scan?
Doctor:Do consult your ENT specialist back and discuss about the same
Doctor:He shall plan to lave you on antibiotics and observe
User:I have an appointment until march 5 with the ENT, the ER dr referred me
User:but i am scared whatever this is will become worse
User:by then
Doctor:I believe that would be late
User:do you think this is something I should press on to get myself looked at before?
Doctor:I mean, the infection may not cause any serious complications by then
Doctor:but earlier the better in any case of infection
User:I told them it was very concerning for me, but they dont have anything before that
User:I am freaking out...
User:do you mean that it would be late because....?
Doctor:Yes, it not the same ENT you can try taking a second opinion from another ENT specialist
User:is it possible to find ENT's to chat with on this site?
Doctor:No, but you can post a question to the same online here
User:what if I leave this intreated and then the windy sound/heartbeat on my ear never goes away?
Doctor:It may progress but slowly
User:im very scared dr
Doctor:for sure, if left untreated the problems may persist for long.
User:I am just at loss, since they havent given me a diagnosis
Doctor:Do not worry, I am only concerned as your doctor did not consider the possibility of infection
Doctor:I agree, get examined by another ENT specialist for better management
User:I am considering going to a clinic right now and see what they say...
Doctor:I concur
User:have you seen any other cases like this one?
Doctor:Yes, for sure
Doctor:This is not XXXXXXX need not worry. But for sure needs a course of antibiotics
User:what kind of antibiotics?
Doctor:Antibactterial, specially against gram negative organisms
User:why do you think the infection did not show up on the scan?
Doctor:It doesnt as it is a chronic one
Doctor:the air in the middle ear and the pulsating feeling are indirect signs
User:oh...i see
User:do these types of infections also go away on their own?
Doctor:Yes, in most
Doctor:but safer it to be put on antibiotics
User:I am also experiencing a lot of anxiety
User:because of the fear
Doctor:as i say, need not worry
User:having this sound in my ear forever
Doctor:I repeat it is not XXXXXXX or serious
User:ok... thank you..
Doctor:Do take a second opinion
User:so many people experience this sound/heartbeat in their ear when they have an infection then..
User:also, when I move, like bending down, laying down, moving my head the sound worsens, why do you think that is?
Doctor:The fluid or pus in the middle ear will move when head is moved and causes changes in the intensity of the problem
User:but the scan did not reveal fluid tho...
Doctor:Usually clear secretions (fluid)get accumulated in chronic infections
User:just an abnormal amount of air in the ear bone
Doctor:May not be in significant amounts so as to be picked by the scan
User:oh i see
User:last questions
User:I have post nasal drip
User:and last night i took Avamys
User:and it made
User:the post nasal drip to improve a bit
User:and the sound was not as bad
User:why do think that is??
User:why is it that when the post nasal drip is sort of gone the sound diminishes?
Doctor:Amamys is a steroid, it reduces the inflamation very effectively
User:how can I get rid of the post nasal drip?
Doctor:Which could be the reason for the slight improvement
Doctor:You may have to be examined to find out the cause for the same
User:well thanks doc.
Doctor:You are welcome
Doctor:Wish you good health
Doctor:Take care
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor