What is Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus?
There are many person suffering from Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus, but what is Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus? Unilateral means ‘affecting only one side of an organ’, pulsatile means ‘rhythmic pulsation’ and tinnitus means ‘the existence of phantom sounds when there is no external sound present’. So therefore Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus simply means the presence rhythmic pulsation of buzzing, ringing, hissing, whooshing,tingling sound in only one ear even when there is no external sound present. For some persons Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus can also be heard in conjunction with beating of the heart. Therefore Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus can also be referred to as ‘ringing in one ear Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus‘ or ‘Intermittent Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus’.
Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus Causes
- Sinusitis in acute form
- Intracranial Aneurysm (A brain aneurysm occurs in a blood vessel supplying your brain. The weakened area forms a small sac or balloon that fills with blood).
- Tension and stress
- Damage to the cochlear nerve
- Heightened pressure in the head (hydrocephalus) as well as hardening of the arteries
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Abnormal blood viscosity
- Erratic blood flow in the head and neck region.
- A vericosal vein structure can also transmit beating sound to the middle ear, resembling heartbeat.
Pulsatile Tinnitus sounds may indicate anxiety or acute inflammatory ear conditions but also vascular causes, including tumours (glomus, carotid body), carotid stenosis, arteriovenous malformations, intracranial aneurysms, and high cardiac output states.
Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus Symptoms
- Some persons have headache with Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus
- loss of balance
- unilateral feeling of heaviness in the ear
- Persons may hear their own heartbeat in their ear constantly.