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I can sometimes hear my pulse in my ear. Does this mean that I am having an aneurysm?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: No

It is pretty common for people to hear a "pulse" in their ears.
If anything it is more consistent with a blockage in the carotid arteries...Not an aneurysm. If it persists, it would be worth while getting a carotid ultrasound to evaluate the arteries.

In brief: No

It is pretty common for people to hear a "pulse" in their ears.
If anything it is more consistent with a blockage in the carotid arteries...Not an aneurysm. If it persists, it would be worth while getting a carotid ultrasound to evaluate the arteries.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology

In brief: You might try

cleaning your ears out with hydrogen peroxide and a bulb syringe

In brief: You might try

cleaning your ears out with hydrogen peroxide and a bulb syringe
Dr. William Jenkins
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Dr. Marc Abramson
Anesthesiology

In brief: Not necessarily

It doesn't necessarily mean that you have an aneurysm.
But you should have your blood pressure checked along with a complete physical. High blood pressure can cause an aneurysm to rupture if one were present.

In brief: Not necessarily

It doesn't necessarily mean that you have an aneurysm.
But you should have your blood pressure checked along with a complete physical. High blood pressure can cause an aneurysm to rupture if one were present.
Dr. Marc Abramson
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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery

In brief: Most likely not

Many people can hear their pulse as the carotid artery runs through the temporal bone where the ear is located also.
Aneurysms are unlikely to occur in that location but there are situations of congenitally aberrant vessels such as persistent embryonal arteries. Such unusual plumbing can bring the artery close to or even into the middle ear so it may be worthwhile considering a vascular study.

In brief: Most likely not

Many people can hear their pulse as the carotid artery runs through the temporal bone where the ear is located also.
Aneurysms are unlikely to occur in that location but there are situations of congenitally aberrant vessels such as persistent embryonal arteries. Such unusual plumbing can bring the artery close to or even into the middle ear so it may be worthwhile considering a vascular study.
Dr. Soren Singel
Dr. Soren Singel
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