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What does a swishing sound in the left ear indicate?

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Posted on Sat, 30 May 2015
Question: i HEAR A SWISHING SOUND IN MY LEFT EAR ONLY SEEMS TO CORELATE WITH MY PULSE
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would need some info

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Welcome to Health Care Magic.

I am Dr.Muhammad Ahmad, I have read your question in detail, I understand your concern and will try to help you in the best possible way.

In order to help you better , I would like you to give me some more information,

I will here by ask you some relevant questions to fill up the information gap.

1) Did you ever have ear issues?

2) Had flu or throad infection lately?

3) any meds you are taking?

4) since when this has started?

5) do you clean ears regularly?

6) is there any ear discharge?







Waiting for your input


Regards.

Dr.Muhammad Ahmad.

M.B.B.S ( Licensed Family practitioner)

Resident M.D.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (11 minutes later)
Thr answer to all the question s is no
Could this be the early symptoms of an aortic anuyrism

I ment carotid anuyrism
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
This is less likely to be due to aneurysm

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for writing back,

I understand your concern about this swishing sound and carotid aneurysm.

I myself am a Post Graduation Trainee in Cradiovascualar medicine( Cardiology) and i want to assure you that there is no way a wish in ear with heart beat is a carotid aneurysm.

Most of the times aneurysm just shows no symptoms and these are accidental findings during tests for other problems.

Very small number of people (like 2-3 patients in a year)complain of swish in ear after they got diagnosed with aneurysm but no body is sure if that swish is actually due to aneurysm or not because usually aneurysm can't even be heard with simple stethoscope until it's really creating turbulent blood flow.

There are certain other simple explanations to swishing sound,

Like Ear problems, sometimes wax can cause it or some ear blockage,

It just makes ear more sensitive and ear detects even a minor sound of blood flowing.

Put a hand at your carotid (not on both at the same time) and feel if there is thrill , it might be due to atherosclerosis which creates turbulence in carotid blood but even in that the swish isn't an acute symptom ,

it develops and get worsens over some years.

In my opinion , you might just be having some ear issue which is expected to get settled by itself in a couple of days or so and you shouldn't be panicking.

If you are much concerned about aneurysm just meet your cardiologist he can simple get a carotid doppler on you to see if he can suspect anything there.

Then if doppler gives some clue then other investigations can be done.

But for the time being I don't think there is anything to be anxious about. Things look fine.


I Hope this answers your question, if your have more queries feel free to ask, otherwise close the discussion and rate it. Wish you the best of health.



Regards,

Dr.Muhammad Ahmad.

M.B.B.S.

Resident M.D.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (18 hours later)
Thank you for your useful input I am a retired dermatologist so am a little out of my element here If the problem persists I will consult my ENT doc first maybe see a cardiologist thanks again for your reassuramce
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ahmad (16 hours later)
Brief Answer:
That sounds to be a the right way to go

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Sir, it's great to know that you are a dermatologist, much respect.

It's my pleasure to have helped you.

Yes that sound like the best way to go,

If the problem persists , an ENT specialist would be the first choice to get a consult from.

Then you can contact your cardiologist after discussing with your ENT specialist wether he supports the idea of it being a carotid aneurysm.

I hope things settle down soon , I would suggest you not to be over cautious about this thing but if that doesn't settle do follow it.

Stay blessed.

Wish you the best of health.

Regards

Dr.Muhammad Ahmad .




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What does a swishing sound in the left ear indicate?

Brief Answer: I would need some info Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to Health Care Magic. I am Dr.Muhammad Ahmad, I have read your question in detail, I understand your concern and will try to help you in the best possible way. In order to help you better , I would like you to give me some more information, I will here by ask you some relevant questions to fill up the information gap. 1) Did you ever have ear issues? 2) Had flu or throad infection lately? 3) any meds you are taking? 4) since when this has started? 5) do you clean ears regularly? 6) is there any ear discharge? Waiting for your input Regards. Dr.Muhammad Ahmad. M.B.B.S ( Licensed Family practitioner) Resident M.D.