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What causes hearing a swooshing sound in ears when i blink?

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Posted on Sat, 26 Jul 2014
Question: When I blink I hear a swooshing sound in my ears. Why?
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti (3 hours later)
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Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. There are many possible causes for hearing a swooshing sound in your ears when you blink. Some of these are:
a. The sound of muscles, tissue, tear fluid and other structures in the orbit moving.
b. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome. A Temporal Bone HR (High Resolution) CT is required.
c. Tinnitus.
d. Sounds of the tarsal plates which are dense connective tissue normally found in the eye lids.
e. Myoclonus or muscle spasms.
f. Auditory hallucination.

2. There is no direct connection between the optic nerve and the hearing nerve. However there are connections to move the eye ball as per the balance and sound.

3. It is common to hear sounds when the eyes are clenched hard or squeezed tight. If this is mild, no treatment is required.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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What causes hearing a swooshing sound in ears when i blink?

Brief Answer: As below: Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. 1. There are many possible causes for hearing a swooshing sound in your ears when you blink. Some of these are: a. The sound of muscles, tissue, tear fluid and other structures in the orbit moving. b. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome. A Temporal Bone HR (High Resolution) CT is required. c. Tinnitus. d. Sounds of the tarsal plates which are dense connective tissue normally found in the eye lids. e. Myoclonus or muscle spasms. f. Auditory hallucination. 2. There is no direct connection between the optic nerve and the hearing nerve. However there are connections to move the eye ball as per the balance and sound. 3. It is common to hear sounds when the eyes are clenched hard or squeezed tight. If this is mild, no treatment is required. I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them. Regards.