Pulsatile Tinnitus... How Do You Know?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Natalie Roberts, May 24, 2016.

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    1. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      So as many of you know I've had tinnitus for about 6 months now, maybe a bit longer. I've recently noticed that my tinnitus seems to sound like its rhythmic. Maybe it's always been this way I've just been paying attention to the way it sounds now..

      I wouldn't necessarily describe it as whooshing. It sounds like high pitched electric static that sort of sounds like it gets louder and quiter in a fast rhythm but I don't think it's necessarily consistent with my heart beat (it's so hard to tell). Would it be obvious ?How can I be sure this isn't pulsatile tinnitus and do I need to worry?
       
    2. Hopeful1
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      Hopeful1 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Just check if it matches with your pulse by holding your wrist with the other hand
       
    3. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I've tried to determine that and I can't. My t is very strange and not typical as it fluctuates a lot. I guess pulsatile would be obvious?
       
    4. Hopeful1
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      Hopeful1 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud Music
      Yes pulsative T should be simple to check...
       
    5. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      So the rhythmic sounds would not be pulsatile?
       
    6. 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
      Natalie,

      If it's a rhythmic sound, but not consistent with your heartbeat, it might not be pulsatile. With pulsatile, you can actually hear your heartbeat in your ear (or ears) all the time. And, when you move suddenly, it may increase in frequency for a few minutes, then slow down again.

      Have you tried checking your sound to make sure it's in sync with your pulse?
       
    7. Natalie Roberts
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      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      Thanks for you reply. It's definitely not a pulse. It's more like a siren where it gets louder then quieter every few seconds, in rhythm. And I really have a hard time trying to determine if it matches my pulse. I've tried and I just can't tell. I also don't notice it changing when I move.
       
    8. 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
      Then I have a feeling it is not pulsatile, but regular tinnitus. And regular tinnitus can take on many forms, and may fluctuate, too. What a strange thing tinnitus is!!
       
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