Pulsatile Tinnitus & Hearing Loss Goes Away with Pressure on Neck

Discussion in 'Support' started by Ano, Sep 7, 2014.

    1. Ano

      Ano Member

      Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
      Tinnitus Since:
      Hi There,

      I posted a while ago about my pulsatile tinnitus. I have had a few MRI scans scheduled, but have cancelled as I'm too anxious about them - not the smartest thing, I know...

      Anyway, I've noticed recently that if I put pressure onto the side of my neck, the PT and hearing loss goes away completely. What could this mean? Does it point to anything in particular?

      I'm particularly worried about acoustic neuromas and the possibility of a brain aneurysm. My grandmother had a brain aneurysm burst a few years back, and I've read that sometimes they can be hereditary.

      I have decided to go to my MRI appointment next week... but I just want some advice regarding what I've found out about applying pressure.

      Thanks in advance.
    2. Karen

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      Hi, Ano,

      I've heard that if you can press on your neck and make the pulsating stop, it's more likely to be venous in nature. Here's an article about it:

      I'm glad you're going to the MRI appointment next week, just to be sure that all is well. I've had an MRI and an MRA for my pulsatile tinnitus, and nothing was found. You could ask if they could do an MRV at the same time, since they're doing an MRI anyway. That would give them a clearer picture of your head/neck, to see if there are any venous issues.

      Please do let us know what the outcome of your MRI is. Hopefully, all will be well. Don't be afraid of the MRI; it's noisy, but not a problem! Just take some ear plugs along with you to the appointment.

      Best wishes,
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