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Old 06-29-2013, 04:11 AM   #1
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Can hear heartbeat swooshing in left ear only...

Hello! This all started about 8-10 months ago. I never had this issue at any time in my life before that. I can hear my heartbeat in my left ear. It is a very quiet swooshing sound and I can only hear it when everything is quiet around me. It's just really annoying! I did some research and came up with a conclusion that it could be pulsetile tinnitus (sp?). But does tinnitus just appear out of nowhere all of a sudden in the middle of my life? I am 29 years old now.

P.S. I have no insurance, so I cannot get checked out. And no, there's no good option for cheap healthcare here. You either pay a lot of money or you're put on a year-long waiting list. I need answers now, not in a year...

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Old 10-06-2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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Re: Can hear heartbeat swooshing in left ear only...

Hi--I was wondering if you ever got relief from hearing your heart beat in your ear? I have had this going on for about 2 years now. My cardio doctor tells me it is not uncommon. If I can stop thinking about it--I "kinda" goes away. Guess it's a good way to know your heart isn't in afib!!! jd

Old 10-15-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Re: Can hear heartbeat swooshing in left ear only...

I can hear my heartbeat, air and my breath and a vibration or slight echo after speaking in my left ear after having ear infection 3 months ago. I think what I have is a patulous eustachian tube or semi-patulous. It can be hard to get a definite diagnosis from what I hear. Even my ent said I didn't have it only because he said one would have autophony with pet. I have been told that you don't necessarily have to have autophony to have patulous eustachian. Maybe the vibration/echo is a mild form of autophony. It bothers the crap out of me. I'm not functioning well since this has happened to me. I want to get a definite diagnosis so I'm going to have my ent look at my eustachian tube again and ask him to do a special test this time to determine without a doubt. I'm praying it is eustachian tube dysfunction and not pet. I have gotten information from a Dr. Poe who specializes in patulous eustachian that eustachian tube dysfunction can turn into pet and I have been diagnosed with that. If I have this condition, and I'm scared that I do since the symptoms are the same, that is how I got it. My eardrum vibrates with loud sound that is close to it and I feel dizzy and off balance. If I blow my nose on the same side I'll feel air and some pressure and I will become dizzy. I also have muffled hearing. If you don't have a few of these other symptoms or loud autophony you probably don't have pet.

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