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Pulsing in right ear off and on. It's not like a heartbeat, its more of a pulsating sound. I have a cold and some sinus pressure in my head. ?

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Dr. Tal Dagan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Pulsations in ear

If the pulsating sensation in the ear is recent and related to the sinus pressure in your head and cold symptoms, it is to be expected.
A cold commonly is associated with dysfunction of the eustachian tube connecting the nose and ear. A visit to your ear nose and throat doctor will likely be helpful because prescription medications to reduce inflammation will also affect the ear pulsations.

In brief: Pulsations in ear

If the pulsating sensation in the ear is recent and related to the sinus pressure in your head and cold symptoms, it is to be expected.
A cold commonly is associated with dysfunction of the eustachian tube connecting the nose and ear. A visit to your ear nose and throat doctor will likely be helpful because prescription medications to reduce inflammation will also affect the ear pulsations.
Dr. Tal Dagan
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Dr. Shane Parmer
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Can B Normal

An audible pulse or whooshing sound is not uncommon.
It is often a normal finding and can be due to mild compression of the temporal artery, which is located in front of the ear. This often occurs at night with a pillow. Though it can be a subtle sign of high blood pressure it is usually a benign finding. If it becomes too bothersome, you may want to consult your doctor.

In brief: Can B Normal

An audible pulse or whooshing sound is not uncommon.
It is often a normal finding and can be due to mild compression of the temporal artery, which is located in front of the ear. This often occurs at night with a pillow. Though it can be a subtle sign of high blood pressure it is usually a benign finding. If it becomes too bothersome, you may want to consult your doctor.
Dr. Shane Parmer
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Dr. Tal Dagan
The pulsating sound normally occurs during a cold because of dysfunction of the tube that connects the middle ear to the nose (eustachian tube) which causes an enhancement of the ear's ability to hear internal sounds like local blood vessels within your ear.
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