Pulsating tinnitus, also known as pulsatile or vascular tinnitus, is a form of tinnitus when the tinnitus can also be heard by another person using a stethoscope. This is a rare form of tinnitus. In most cases, the tinnitus can only be heard by the sufferer. Usually it is caused by a problem with blood flow in the inner ear.
If you feel that you are suffering from pulsating tinnitus, it's important that you make a visit with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor. They will conduct a full scale hearing test to figure out the cause of the tinnitus and what kind of treatment should be used. It's extremely important to find a treatment for pulsating tinnitus because it could be side effect of some more serious underlying condition. Most often treatment is best when the tinnitus is caught at the early stages. An untreated case of pulsating tinnitus could even be a sign of a future stroke.
Blood flow problems are the main cause of pulsating tinnitus, but there are a number of other possible causes as well. Chronic inflammation of the middle ear can increase the blood flow in the ear, intensifying tinnitus. This inflammation can usually be treated with antibiotics. Fluid in the middle ear can also increase pressure. Normally, the middle ear is filled with air, however when you have an infection the middle ear can get filled with fluid. Once the infection is treated with antibiotics, the pressure and the tinnitus should go away. Eustachian tube disorder, which keeps air from getting to the middle ear, pushes the eardrum inward so it can't vibrate as it should. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition, but most of the time it is treated with nasal sprays and antihistamine tablets. Some of the other possible causes of pulsating tinnitus are hypertension, pregnancy, and heart murmurs.
Pulsating tinnitus can be a very serious condition, but it can treated effectively. There is a wide range of treatment options available and seeing a doctor can help to discover what the underlying cause of your tinnitus is. Also, remember that as far as tinnitus goes, pulsating tinnitus is usually one of the easiest to treat.
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