Originally Posted by lookinforanswer
I have been getting this for a while but today is really bothering me, it won't stop.
My ear will like throb or pulsate for about 20 seconds and then go away for a couple of minutes and it will do this all day long, then it just goes away.
I get this happening to me probably once a month.
It almost feels like a heart beat in my own ear.
I don't understand what this could be.
Could be a number of things...but likely that it is:
...From the Northwestern Univ web site(see info archive(sticky)above:
..."Tinnitus (pronounced "tin-it-tus") is an abnormal noise in the ear. Tinnitus is common -- nearly 36 million Americans have constant tinnitus and more than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus. About six percent of the general population has what they consider to be "severe" tinnitus. In a large study of more than 2000 adults aged 50 and above, 30.3% reported having experienced tinnitus, with 48% reporting symptoms in both ears. Tinnitus had been present for at least 6 years in 50% of cases, and most (55%) reported a gradual onset. Tinnitus was described as mildly to extremely annoying by 67%.(Sindhusake et al. 2003)
Tinnitus can come and go, or be continuous. It can sound like a low roar, or a high pitched ring. Tinnitus may be in both ears or just in one ear. Seven million Americans are so severely affected that they cannot lead normal lives."....
..."Pulsatile tinnitus: people hear something resembling their heartbeat in their ear.".....
...."The cause usually involves vascular, tumor or muscular causes. A blood vessel may be close to the eardrum, a vascular tumor such as a "glomus" may fill the middle ear, or a vein similar to a varicose vein may make enough noise to be heard. Other possibilities include dehiscence of the jugular bulb, and an aberrantly located carotid artery. An enlarged jugular bulb on the involved side is common in persons with venous type pulsitile tinintus."....
Northwestern Univ web site--page on server: