What Is This? Since My Condition Is Not Heart Related, Would This Still Be Called Pulsatile Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Theadora, Mar 14, 2016.

    1. Theadora

      Theadora Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      As long as I can remember.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I had meningitis as a baby and as a result, I have had hearing loss and tinnitus all my life. At around 19, the gift of Meniere's Disease was bestowed upon me. (Extreme sarcasm) I am 43 now and I have had 3 major Meniere's attacks. When I was younger, I was not treated and it eventually cleared up. My last attack was around mid Jan. Anyway, the last stage of an attack is really loud tinnitus (in my best hearing ear) and now it has started to pulse. Normally, my T doesn't really bother me at all, but this pulsing T is driving me insane. The ENT was useless and the audiologist was nice, but gave me no info I didn't already know. The pulsing T is not new to me, but normally it never lasts long. It is because of the fluid build up in my inner ear mostly caused by allergies. I take a diuretic and a Zyrtec D and have been eating less processed, sodium filled foods. Since my condition is not heart related, would this still be referred to as pulsatile tinnitus?
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    2. Karen

      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

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

      I'm sorry to hear you have this additional symptom, and that it is now constant. The rule of thumb about pulsatile tinnitus is that if it is exactly in sync with your pulse, it is considered pulsatile. Can you try taking your pulse and counting the beats, to see if it is totally in sync?

      Pulsatile tinnitus can have other causes than heart-related. It could have to do with fluid build-up, as you mentioned.

      Best wishes,

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