Pulsatile tinnitus is a condition affecting millions of people around the world. It is estimated that around 1 in 5 people in the United States alone will be affected with this condition during their lifetime, with an individual of any age susceptible.
People who are affected by this condition will hear beats within their ears. This noise may be present in one or both of the ears, coming through as a variety of different sounds including a high-pitched clicking noise, a thumping sound or something else. It is not contagious or life-threatening, although anyone who has ever experienced it will tell you that it is extremely frustrating to deal with.
A Rare Type of Tinnitus
Pulsatile tinnitus is not a common type of tinnitus, but it is one that affects many individuals nonetheless. There are a number of things that can cause this condition to occur, from loud noises over a period of time to swollen blood vessels within the ears.
Pulsatile tinnitus occurs when the flow of the blood occurring in the veins and the arteries in the neck, base of the skull, or the smaller blood vessels found inside the ear become disturbed. There are a number of factors that can affect your blood flow.
This includes severe anemia, strenuous exercise, narrow blood vessels, turbulent blood flow, middle ear blood vessel constriction and others.
How Is Pulsatile Tinnitus Diagnosed?
If the doctor suspects that you have this condition, he can perform a number of tests to confirm its existence. The tests that he can perform include medical imaging such as CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds.
These tests are performed so the doctor can study the pressure in your head and check the blood vessels. If it is determined that pulsatile tinnitus is affecting your life, the doctor can then provide you with the treatment options.
What Are The Symptoms Of Pulsatile Tinnitus?
There are a number of things that can cause this condition to worsen, although it is usually nothing very serious. In rare cases, it may lead to hearing loss. One of the most common symptoms of this condition is noises in your ears.
Other symptoms that you may experience include blurred vision, hearing loss, headaches and sensitivity to noises. Again, this is not a full list of the possible symptoms that can occur. If you notice anything unusual in your behavior, this could be the cause.
What Can I Do About It?
You can prevent this condition from worsening by not listening to music at high decibels, wearing protective hearing gear in situations that call for it and ensuring that you are eating healthy and exercising.
Performing these activities is also an excellent way to prevent yourself from becoming a tinnitus patient. Make sure that you do your part to protect yourself as well. While a doctor can treat it, wouldn’t you rather not have to deal with the condition at all?
Treating Pulsatile Tinnitus Is Possible
It is more than possible to treat pulsatile tinnitus though the actual type of treatment recommended will vary from person to person. Tinnitus treatment is usually prescribed based upon what is causing you to experience the condition in the first place. Most of the time, the condition can be helped with prescription medications and lifestyle changes.
It is likely that your doctor will tell you to avoid loud noises. When you make an appointment with the doctor and it is determined that this is the condition affecting your life, the doctor will take the time to discuss the various treatment options that are available to you. Together you can learn the pros and cons of each treatment and find out which one is the best for you.
One form of treatment that is more commonly used to treat this condition is known as CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This therapy uses trickery to help the brain stop thinking about the sounds that it is hearing. This is a new method of treatment, but so far it has proven itself to be highly effective.
It does take a bit of time to see results with this method but you will certainly be amazed when you do see those results. This natural treatment method is something that you should consider for effective long-term results. Another treatment system that is worth looking into would be the Tinnitus Miracle system by Thomas Coleman.
Pulsatile tinnitus is a very real condition that affects many people throughout the world. If you are one of those people, do not sit there and do nothing about it. There are so many different things that you can do to treat and prevent it. Look into your options, talk to a doctor, and in the end you will be tinnitus free!
Last Updated 5 Aug 2013
1. British Tinnitus Association (Accessed 5 Aug 2013)
2. ENT USA (Accessed 5 Aug 2013)