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What does a pulsing sensation in the ear and headaches suggest?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: I hear my blood pulse in my right ear, it is constantly louder, also, I am getting headaches on my right side/

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Answered by Dr. Gaurav Katiyar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Pulsatile tinnitus

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have gone through your query.
What you describe sounds like what’s called Pulsatile Tinnitus. This is a rhythmic thumping or whooshing only you can hear, often in time with your heartbeat. There are some causes of it like:

Conductive hearing loss - This type of hearing loss intensifies internal head noises like sounds such as breathing, chewing, and blood flowing through the ear. Conductive hearing loss makes it easier to hear blood flowing through two large blood vessels that travel near to each ear. Blood vessels are carotid artery or jugular vein.

High blood pressure - due to high BP, more blood flow to carotid artery which lead to more turbulence in it resulting in pulsatile tinnitus.

Blood vessel disorder like benign blood vessel tumor behind eardrum ( in your case it is unlikely as you have problem in both ear)

Carotid artery disease.

Ear muscle disorder.

Medicine side effects

I suggest you to consult an ENT surgeon for clinical examination and audiometry if needed.

Hope i have answered your query. If you have any questions, you can ask as follow up.

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Dr. Gaurav Katiyar
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What does a pulsing sensation in the ear and headaches suggest?

Brief Answer: Pulsatile tinnitus Detailed Answer: Hi, I have gone through your query. What you describe sounds like what’s called Pulsatile Tinnitus. This is a rhythmic thumping or whooshing only you can hear, often in time with your heartbeat. There are some causes of it like: Conductive hearing loss - This type of hearing loss intensifies internal head noises like sounds such as breathing, chewing, and blood flowing through the ear. Conductive hearing loss makes it easier to hear blood flowing through two large blood vessels that travel near to each ear. Blood vessels are carotid artery or jugular vein. High blood pressure - due to high BP, more blood flow to carotid artery which lead to more turbulence in it resulting in pulsatile tinnitus. Blood vessel disorder like benign blood vessel tumor behind eardrum ( in your case it is unlikely as you have problem in both ear) Carotid artery disease. Ear muscle disorder. Medicine side effects I suggest you to consult an ENT surgeon for clinical examination and audiometry if needed. Hope i have answered your query. If you have any questions, you can ask as follow up. Regards Dr. Gaurav Katiyar