Pulsatile Tinnitus

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Pulsatile tinnitus is a type of tinnitus that is characterised by hearing sounds in the ear that are in sync with the heartbeat. These sounds may be described as rhythmic, pulsing, or whooshing, and may be heard in one or both ears. Pulsatile tinnitus is different from other forms of tinnitus, which may be described as ringing, buzzing, or hissing, and are not associated with the heartbeat.

Pulsatile tinnitus is usually caused by underlying vascular or circulatory issues. Some of the most common causes include abnormalities in the blood vessels, such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, or atherosclerosis. Other potential causes include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and conditions that affect the inner ear, such as Meniere’s disease. In some cases, pulsatile tinnitus may be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as a brain tumour or a blood clot.

If you are experiencing pulsatile tinnitus, it is important to see a healthcare professional for an evaluation. They can help identify any underlying conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options.

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