Pulsatile Tinnitus Caused by Bone Erosion?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Theres, Jul 15, 2016.

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    1. Theres

      Theres Member

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      Hi all. I've been lurking here since my pulsatile tinnitus (unilateral, right side) showed up in November 2015. My symptoms started in conjunction with a sinus infection, but I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not. After taking antibiotics for the infection, the noise has decreased somewhat in volume, but is still there. If I tilt my head to the opposite side as the noise, it goes quiet, if I press on my vein, quiet. Sometimes if I blow my nose (accompanied by plenty of ear crackling) and leave the pressure in my ear (i.e. don't move my jaw or swallow. I hope that makes sense), the noise is gone. If I bend over or stand up quickly, there's a surge in the whooshing for a split second, then it goes back to normal whooshing. I also feel a slight pressure/full sensation in my affected ear as well.

      Since then I've had an MRI with contrast, CT scan, and ultrasound of the neck. Nothing of note to report except I have a slight erosion of the bone that sits between my vein and ear, which the radiologist suggested might be the cause of my pulsatile tinnitus. She's going to have a closer look at all my scans and send an official report to my ENT, who I will see on Thursday.

      I'm still trying to wrap my head around all this as well as the possibility of having to live with this incessant noise for the rest of my life. Have any of you come across studies/information having to do with bone erosion and pulsatile tinnitus? Also, I know many of you have been living with this sound for a long time, any helpful advice on how to stay sane? I just get so frustrated sometimes when the room goes quiet and the whooshing sound seems even more oppressive than usual.
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    2. glynis-harbron

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
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      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Theres,
      Try not to worry about the results and I'm sure if anything can be done you will be given options as to what can be done.
      In the mean time if you need to keep sound on around you day or night to help you then you can download a few free apps.
      Try to remain calm so you don't get stressed or anxiety that can make tinnitus worse.
      A lady comes to the tinnitus group myself and another lady run who has pulsitile tinnitus and find hearing aids help her and a small betablocker so you have options if it gets to much.

      With tinnitus comes unwanted emotions so if low moods become a problem see your doctor for support and for anxiety.....lots of love glynis
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    3. The Red Viper

      The Red Viper Member Team Research

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      March 15, 2016
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      Current Theory: Leftover infection ETD + neck muscle injury
      OMG I have exactly this in addition to my regular T. Good to know. I've only had a contrast MRI but perhaps it's time to get a CT to check for bone issues.

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