Pulsatile Tinnitus – What Beat Are You Marching To?


Tinnitus comes in several different noise packages, with pulsatile tinnitus being one that is not so common. With general tinnitus symptoms, the sufferer deals with noises that are continuous, such as: hissing, roaring, clicking, ear ringing and other such variations. One thing to keep in mind is that tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom of some underlying condition. It is therefore important to find out what is causing the irritating sounds.

The causes of tinnitus fall into three main categories: hearing damage due to loud noises; hearing damage due to stress or anxiety; and hearing damage due to allergies and sinus problems. There are also two main forms of tinnitus: subjective tinnitus and objective tinnitus.

Subjective Tinnitus: This is where only the one suffering from tinnitus can hear the noises, and the sounds are continuous. But, there is no external evidence of the sounds he/she is hearing, it is completely “subjective”. This is the most common type of tinnitus and almost 50 million Americans deal with it in some form.

Objective Tinnitus: The noises that the person with objective tinnitus hears can also be heard by their doctor, through a special medical instrument.

Pulsatile tinnitus, also known as vascular tinnitus, would be classified as objective tinnitus. It gets its name from the fact that the sounds are not continuous but rather come in “pulses”, keeping rhythm with your heartbeat. This is usually due to the restriction of blood vessels in and around the ear, or even by poor blood circulation. This restriction makes it more difficult for the blood to get through it and disrupts the normal smooth flow resulting instead, in a pulse like flow. That is why some people refer to it as pulsating tinnitus.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, could also be a potential cause of pulsatile tinnitus, as could any number of factors that alter the regular, or normal, blood flow in and around the ear. One quite common culprit could be an inner ear infection or inflammation, which causes an elevation and thus a disruption, in the blood flow.

Some sounds associated with Pulsatile Tinnitus Are:

  • Clicking
  • High pitched sounds
  • Swooshing or swishing
  • Blowing sounds
  • Low pitched humming, booming or thumping
  • Single rhythmic beats

Pulsatile Tinnitus Treatment

The treatment for pulsatile tinnitis must concentrate on the improvement of blood flow throughout the capillaries and blood vessels. This is done by isolating, and then dealing with, the underlying conditions that are causing the disruptive flow to start with. You could take the conventional, or medical, route for treatments or try any number of alternative tinnitus remedies that offer relief to the sufferer without the bothersome, and sometimes dangerous, side-effects of the drug-based therapies.

1. Conventional Treatment of Pulsatile Tinnitus:

This is through the use of drugs that work to improve the blood flow, which in turn reduces or alleviates the annoying symptoms of pulsatile tinnitis. These drugs are inclusive of those that help reduce hypertension and a spectrum of antibiotics that fight inner ear infections. Angioplasty surgery is sometimes used to un-block the restricted blood vessels, thus improving the flow dramatically and doing away with the “pulse” or “beat” symptom of pustule tinnitus.

2. Alterative Pulsatile Tinnitus Treatment:

For those who shy away from high-potency drugs or invasive surgery, there are many, valid, natural or homeopathic remedies that can bring relief for pulsatile tinnitus sufferers. They also deal with the underlying issues, but without the negative, and sometimes dangerous, side-effects of prescription medications, and of course, without having to go through the trauma of tinnitus surgery.

Here Are Some Alternative Treatments For Pulsatile Tinnitus:

  • Herbal remedies
  • Dietary supplements
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Exercise
  • Lifestyle adjustments
  • Change of diet
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy

Utilizing an all-encompassing “holistic” approach, by combining the best remedies from each of these alternative treatments packaged together, will offer you the best chance of getting rid of your pulsatile tinnitus once and for all…