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Is pulsatile tinnitus in one ear dangerous?

Is pulsatile tinnitus in one ear dangerous?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Hello, pulsatile tinnitus is a condition where a blood vessel is beating against a bone of the skull. When this happens, it transmits sound waves thru the bone to the ear. It is a condition that needs to be evaluated by an ENT doctor. It could be caused by a vascular tumor deep within the skull that could be dangerous. Good luck.

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How dangerous is pulsatile tinnitus?

How dangerous is pulsatile tinnitus?

Vascular work-up: Pulsatile tinnitus is usually the result of awareness of the carotid artery pulsation adjacent to the inner ear. It probably is not serious, but I would advise a vascular surgeon evaluate the problem for the rare but possible abnormality of the carotid artery in that area.

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How can I stop pulsatile tinnitus?

How can I stop pulsatile tinnitus?

Depends: Really depends on the cause of the pulsatile tinnitus. Need it discuss with your doctor.

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How concerning is pulsatile tinnitus?

Need a diagnosis: Pulsatile tinnitus is usually an awareness of the carotid artery pulsation next to the cochlea (inner ear). Even at age 46, it is wise to have a vascular surgeon make sure you do not have any disease of the carotid artery

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Can you die from having pulsatile tinnitus?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Pulsatile tinnitus is the most dangerous kind of tinnitus and may have a vascular source. The best course of action is to visit a doctor in person and get a physical examination. The physician will determine what tests and labs you need.

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I have a unilateral pulsatile tinnitus. Is it serious?

I have a unilateral pulsatile tinnitus. Is it serious?

Possibly serious: Most likely a serous otitis (fluid in the middle ear) placing pressure on the inner ear. However, more serious but rare cause could be a carotid or other artery aneurysm, therefore this symptom should be evaluated by a your physician or an ENT md.

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I got pulsatile tinnitus 3 mos. Ago and again 3 weeks ago. I still have it. I am 36, in great shape, and have no health history. Should I worry?

Pulsatile tinnitis: It's probably 'nothing' but it does warrant an exam by your doctor, an ENT, or a neurologist to rule out a range of relatively rare neuro vascular causes of this symptom. Often a clinician will get some imaging study of brain and cranial anatomy after a careful exam of blood pressure, carotid bruit, and the ears.

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How can I prevent pulsatile tinnitus?

Diagnosis: I do not think you can prevent it, but you need to obtain a diagnosis to determine if there is an abnormality of the carotid artery that lies adjacent to the cochlea (inner ear).

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Some other opinions, do you think a cholesteatoma can will cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Some other opinions, do you think a cholesteatoma can will cause pulsatile tinnitus?

Cholesteatoma: Cholesteotoma may not itself cause tinnitus but the damage to the ossicles and ear drum by chronic otitis media can cause it.

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What could be the cause of my two year relentless PULSATILE tinnitus. Stops when pressing on neck.?

See ENT: Not usually related to pathology. Rarely pulsatile tinnitus can be caused by more serious problems like aneurysms. See ENT doc for exam/recommendations.

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Do I need an MRI for pulsatile tinnitus?

Do I need an MRI for pulsatile tinnitus?

Could be helpful: Pulsatile tinnitus may be caused by a variety of things such as a dural arteriovenous fistula, an aberrant blood vessel, or possibly a vascular tumor in the ear (glomus tympanicum). Mri or ct could be helpful to determine the cause but a specialist like and ENT needs to evaluate your symptoms to best decide on the course of action.

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What to do if I have pulsatile tinnitus and nausea?

Pulsatile tinnitus: Pulsatile tinnitus requires immediate physician evaluation. Good luck. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3719451/

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Do I need to get a MRI to figure out the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus?

Do I need to get a MRI to figure out the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus?

MRI often used: Causes of pulsatile tinnitus include arteriovenous fistula (avf), carotid stenosis, glomus tumor, arteriovenous malformation (avm), aberrant carotid artery or cardiac murmur. A venous hum contributing to pulsatile tinnitus can also be caused by venous anomalies. All of these can potentially be detected by MRI (carotid stenosis would traditionally be picked-up by carotid ultrasound).

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I have had pulsatile tinnitus for 2 years caused by my IIH. In recent days the rhythm and pitch has changed. Should I be worried?

I have had pulsatile tinnitus for 2 years caused by my IIH. In recent days the rhythm and pitch has changed. Should I be worried?

I can tell: From the medications that you are not under the care of a neurologist! That would be my starting point! Check iron, Vit A level and give a carbonic anhydride inhibitor a good try. You should not be having pulsatile tinnitus with uncomplicated pseudo tumor.

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My pulsatile tinnitus used to go away when I pressed on my neck. 2 years later this no longer works, it's also changed rhythm and pitch. Why?

Change in rythmn: Is due to change in heart rate /rhythm most likely. Amitriptyline is highly anticholinergic and will raise BP and Heart rate. Do not press on your neck to stop blood flow, have the situation re-assessed. Make sure you do not have a cavernous sinus or endolymph fistula.

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How does pulsatile tinnitus and noise induced tinnitus differ in their sounds? Is pulsatile more rhythmic wavy and noise induced is constant high pitch

How does pulsatile tinnitus and noise induced tinnitus differ in their sounds? Is pulsatile more rhythmic wavy and noise induced is constant high pitch

Tinnitus: Noise induced tinnitus is constant and high pitched. It is also associated with some degree of hearing loss. Pulsatile tinnitus feels like the heart is beating in the head. It is transmitted noise from blood vessels. It is not associated with hearing loss.

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I have pulsatile tinnitus. Lately it has been occurring once of twice every few days and last for a few seconds. Would this suggest fluid or aneurysm?

MRI/MRA NEEDED: Pulsatile tinnitus is tricky. You need a good ent and Neuro exam to evaluate potential causes. If it is bilateral most likely allergies or infection. If it is unilateral you need a brain MRI to rule out an acoustic neuroma. VS MS. And a brain MRA to rule out AVM or Aneurysm.

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I have recently been suffering from both labyrinthitis and pulsatile tinnitus in the last two weeks, are these conditions linked or possibly both symptoms of something else?

I have recently been suffering from both labyrinthitis and pulsatile tinnitus in the last two weeks, are these conditions linked or possibly both symptoms of something else?

Tinn: Pulsatile tinnitus is linked to several conditions...Aneurysm, pseudotumor cerebri, but nothing exclusive. Labyrhinthitis more commonly has tinnitis wwith vertigo but not necessarily pulsatile.

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Are there any alternative treatments for pulsatile tinnitus?

Workup first: Pulsatile tinnitus may indicate a vascular malformation. Recommend vascular workup including arterial and venous phases.

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