Having looked about numerous forums on pulsatile tinnitus I have discovered that there seems to be some kind of virus affecting a great number of people. The symptoms are congestion of the sinuses and a kind of clogging of the throat. I live in N Ireland and I've heard many people reporting the same symptoms. I've also read about it in London. I developed PT (left ear) in October this year and of course was extremely concerned. I was considering giving up my job etc. as I couldn't sleep and was constantly obsessed with the whooshing/thumping. I mentioned this to a colleague at work and she said she had been experiencing exactly the same symptoms including PT but in her right ear. She had been experiencing the PT for quite a bit longer. We work in quite a small office and ventilation isn't great. Has anyone else had a similar experience?