November 20, 2008

Pulsatile Tinnitus Symptoms

Having the pulsatile tinnitus symptoms may mean that you have to visit your doctor as soon as possible. It is for the reason that you may be suffering from a medical condition, which, at times, can be fatal when left untreated. Also, tinnitus, in general, is treated according to its cause.

The most notable of the pulsatile tinnitus symptoms is the presence of a ringing ear noise that beats rhythmically with your heartbeat. You may hear a sound that can be a low-pitched thumping or booming, a high-pitched clicking, or a rougher blowing noise coincidental with respiration.

Usually, the type of noise that you perceive has something to do with where it is coming from. A low humming, for instance, can be the result of a venous blood flow. On the other hand, a fast clicking sensation is associated with contractions of the middle ear and palatal muscles.

Most of the causes of this type of tinnitus are circulatory problems. Its common causes include abnormality in the vein or artery, hypertension, heart murmur, and glomus (globe-shaped) tumor. Furthermore, its other potential causes include: Arteriovenous Intracranial Hypertension (BIH), Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs), Atherosclerotic Carotid Artery Disease, Intracranial Vascular Lesions, twisted arteries, vascular tumors in the middle ear, and chronic inflammation or infection in the middle ear.

In order to determine the root cause, some tests may have to be done. Techniques are also used to help identify the cause with a fair degree of certainty, just like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), carotid artery ultrasonography, CT scan, and ultrasound.

What is the relationship of problems in blood flow and the unwanted sound, you may ask. When the blood vessel is narrower than usual because of some disorder, atherosclerosis or the hardening of the arteries for instance, there will be a localized increase in blood flow. In effect, the adjacent blood vessels have to carry extra blood, and this event creates noise.

Having the pulsatile tinnitus symptoms means that you have to undergo some symptom management methods as well as multidisciplinary treatments. Moreover, the primary tinnitus treatment that you have to make use of is generally dependent on what caused the unwanted sound. For example if the cause is blocked or narrowed arteries, then surgical reparation is conducted. If it is hypertension, on the other hand, medication would be the appropriate treatment. Besides surgery and drug therapy, however, alternative treatments and relaxation therapy are also standard methods of treatments.


Myra Johnson said...

thank you for this helpful post, i understand that pulsatile tinnitus can be a serious condition as it may lead to a disease part from the body like the heart.

ShooShoo said...

My pulsatile tinnitus started as a result of a burst ear drum during an ear infection. Does it still indicate that there are other issues?