I Have Pulsatile Tinnitus and It's Been Getting So Loud to the Point It Is Making My Ear Drum Sore

Discussion in 'Support' started by halmichin, Aug 24, 2014.

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    1. halmichin

      halmichin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2012
      I have had this for two years now and its never really bugged me will now. I just had my baby two months ago so I don't know if that has anything to do with it and I've been really stressed. The noise I hear is a swooshing/heartbeat noise. It gets so loud and constant its beginning to make my ear drum sore! :'( Also getting headaches from it. Any have any suggestions or thoughts???
       
    2. Karen
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      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, @halmichin,

      I'm sorry you're having problems with pulsatile tinnitus after the birth of your baby. There are many causes for pulsatile tinnitus, so it's hard to say what might be the best option for you. You mention that you've had it for two years now. When it started, did it start suddenly or gradually? Do you know of any reason it could have begun?

      For some women who've had PT after childbirth, it has been due to excess fluid buildup, which is known as benign intracranial hypertension, or IIH. You might want to look this up, and read up on it, before going to a doctor about it. For people with IIH, the pulsating is often relieved, at least in the short term, by a lumbar puncture. That drains the fluid and may result in instant relief.

      There are some support groups on Facebook that you might want to join. One is Whooshers.com, and I believe there is an IIH support group, too. The people in those groups would have even more insight into this condition. I've heard of other women on Whooshers.com who had something similar --- their whooshing started, or got worse, after the birth of their child. The key is to find a good specialist who can help you. You could start with an ENT, and he might refer you to a neurotologist or other specialist.

      Good luck, and please keep us updated on how you're doing!

      Best wishes,
      Karen
       
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    3. Karen
      Talkative

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
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