What is it?

Pulsatile tinnitus, also known as rhythmic, vascular, or pulse-synchronous tinnitus is a rare form of tinnitus, which makes people hear steady beats in one or both ears. The noise seems to come from inside the body. It may be caused due to irregularities in blood vessels such as a narrowed carotid artery, high blood pressure, severe anemia, overactive thyroid gland, atherosclerosis, head and neck tumors and arteriovenous malformations.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include hearing a steady beat that syncs with one’s pulse.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include brainstem auditory evoked response tests, ECG, imaging tests of the blood vessels, and blood tests.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include medications and surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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