To stop the sound of whooshing, rushing or pulsing noises in one or both ears, the individual must first of all detect the root cause of the problem. This is true of all types of tinnitus – which is exactly what we are talking about here. The following article will explore pulsatile tinnitus and examine the root causes and possible remedies for this debilitating (and often alarming) condition.
So What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a combination of many sounds in the ear (or more accurately head) which varies from patient to patient. The exception to this general rule is pulsatile tinnitus which is the actual subject of this short article.
To explain a little further. Tinnitus comes in two types; subjective and objective tinnitus. By far the most common of the two is subjective tinnitus, which is a sound that only the patient can hear and is completely seperate from external sounds. This noise although generally described as being ‘heard’ has nothing at all to do with the hearing as such, but is instead a noise in the brain.
In fact this subjective tinnitus is your brains way of interpreting silence. As such it can often be ‘cured’ by retraining the brain to ignore the sounds, or to re-interpret them in a positive manner for the patient to truly mean silence.
Objective tinnitus is a ‘different animal’ altogether. This is a noise in the head or ears that can often be heard by a medical examiner with the correct equipment such as a finely balanced stethoscope. This is often a source of some comfort to the sufferer as someone else is able to hear it along with themselves. In other words, they are not just imagining it!
This objective tinnitus is called Pulsatile Tinnitus as it ‘pulses’ or ‘whooshes’ through the veins, and this is primarily what causes the whooshing sound in the ear or ears (tinnitus can often be heard in one or both ears).
Pulsatile tinnitus characteristically follows the heartbeat of the individual concerned. It is seldom, if ever, the case where pulsing in ear not heartbeat related. A quick pulse check should correspond to the sounds in your ears for timing.
Causes of Pulsatile Tinnitus
This type of tinnitus can be caused by a number of events depending on the situation or the individual concerned, and it need not be a cause for alarm in most instances. For instance a whooshing sound in ear when lying down is a common problem with pulsatile tinnitus in particular, often linked to a blocked or twisted vein in the neck.Here is a short-list of things which could be the cause of that whooshing or pulsing sound…
- A medical condition such as a partially blocked vein in the ear or neck region. My own sister suffers from a medical condition that means her veins take a meandering course with kinks and bends along the way. She is constantly reminded of this by the rushing noise in her ears. Knowledge is power however and now she knows what the problem is – and that it is not serious – she has learned to cope with it.
- Sudden strenuous exorcise before your body has prepared for it. The blood has yet to thin out and so struggles to push its way through the veins. Jumping up from the easy chair to go make a coffee in the middle of a film, where you have been almost comatose for some time, can often initiate this response from your body – it does with me at any rate 😊
- A neck injury can often result in a blocked or damaged vein, which in turn can lead to pulsatile tinnitus as the blood struggles to pass through the vein.
- A tumour pressing against a vein can also initiate this pulsing sensation.
- High blood pressure or hypertension can often result in this condition.
- Blockage in the veins or arteries by fats, cholesterol or other waste products can cause an irregular blood flow resulting in whooshing sounds as the blood struggles to pass through the partially blocked veins. This is known as Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
Remedy For Whooshing Sound In ear
Fundamentally as hinted at earlier in this article, a full medical examination has to be carried out by a qualified medical practitioner. This is first of all to determine whether or not a medical condition such as a tumour (God forbid) or some other disorder is to blame for the pulsing or rushing sounds heard in the ears.
Secondly, after the root cause has been discovered then a medical procedure may be advised, or indeed a simple non-invasive solution may be found to neutralise the problem of rushing sounds in the ear.
It could be that the solution is not an invasive medical procedure at all, but rather a course of tinnitus retraining therapy. This will help the individual to ignore the sounds to the extent that they are no longer a problem. There are a few courses available such as the tinnitus retrain system to help in this regard.
If for instance high blood pressure is the root cause, then this high blood pressure and not the tinnitus per se must be addressed in order to affect a cure for your tinnitus.
Pulsatile tinnitus Summary:
As you may see, ‘how to stop whooshing sound in ear’ depends very much on the underlying cause of the sound. Once the root cause or source of the noise is determined, then the solution should be fairly straight forward in most cases.
Quite apart from any medical proceedure that may be required, a change of diet or even life choices can work wonders for pulsatile tinnitus sufferers.