Three percent of the people who are suffering from tinnitus experience Pulsatile Tinnitus which is a type of tinnitus that occurs when patients hear a sound that beats in sync with their heartbeat. Physicians refer to this as a pulsatile tinnitus symptom. It is as if your are hearing your heartbeat in your ears which may sound as a whooshing or pounding noise.
The head and neck region contain many blood vessels. If the natural flow of the blood is interrupted, pulsatile tinnitus may be experienced. Irregular blood flow may be the reason a patient experiences noises in their ears. Other causes are high blood pressure, a globe-shaped tumor, or a heart murmur.
It is possible to have both pulsatile tinnitus and tinnitus simultaneously. However, pulsatile tinnitus may be more problematic to its patients than continuous tinnitus. If you have any of the symptoms of Pulsatile Tinnitus, it is important to contact your health care specialist for a complete evaluation to determine if there is an underlying serious medical condition that is responsible for the symptoms. Extreme causes could possibly lead to a stroke.
Generally, physicians will use magnetic resonance angiography and carotid artery ultrasonography to assist in determining the exact cause. Studies indicate that people suffering from these symptoms have significant improvement when the underlying condition is identified and treated.
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