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.