- by Ted Roberts
Ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, a loud roar; it’s a symphony gone wrong in your head and you are the only one who can hear it. It is driving you mad! What is that noise?
Whether those annoying sounds come and go, or have become your constant companion, you are experiencing the symptoms of pulsatile tinnitus, or subjective tinnitus. It is a result of damage to the inner ear.
Tiny delicate hairs, that respond to the pressure of sound waves, send electrical impulses to your brain through the auditory nerve to be interpreted. If these tiny hairs are damaged in some way they send random electrical impulses to your brain. That is the strange noises in your head that only you can hear.
Another common symptom of pulsatile tinnitus is a swooshing or pulsating noise that is in synch with your heartbeat and is the result of small blood vessels in your ear throbbing.
Regardless of what odd noises you are hearing, they are undoubtedly very annoying, distracting and can interfere with your ability to concentrate or sleep. What causes pulsatile tinnitus?
Causes of Pulsatile Tinnitus
There are several things that can cause pulsatile tinnitus. It is important to understand that it is a common result of hearing loss, but Tinnitus does not cause hearing loss. The most common causes are:
- Extremely Loud Noises – exposure for a prolonged period of time to extremely loud music, or heavy machinery on a construction site or in a factory, for example.
- Hearing Loss – age-related or from damage to the inner ear of some kind
- A Medical Condition – excessive build up of earwax, ear infections, a head injury, anemia, or thyroid problems
- Medication – aspirin, antibiotics, quinine (a malaria treatment) and some antidepressants
There are other causes of this disturbing ear disorder, but these are the most commonly known reasons. For a full list of the possible causes, check out The Tinnitus Miracle™ by Thomas Coleman, who suffered with the disorder for several years.
Treatment for Pulsatile Tinnitus
Step One: Diagnosis
The first step in treating the phantom noise in your ears is to see a doctor. A full medical examination can rule out more serious medical conditions as the cause of your tinnitus. Examples of such conditions include:
- anemia (low red blood cell count)
- a thyroid disorder
- Meniere’s disease (fluid build up in the ear canal).
Your doctor will check for excessive wax build up, infection and will need to know if you have ever sustained a head injury. He/she will also need to know exactly what medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements.
If you only have pulsatile tinnitus in one ear, it is unlikely that it was caused by exposure to loud noises since both ears would be damaged equally. According to the Tinnitus Miracle™ guide unilateral tinnitus is probably the result of a more serious condition called middle ear effusion.
Step Two: Treatment
Once you have a firm diagnosis, and have ruled out other diseases that can be treated with medication, it is time to explore your pulsatile tinnitus treatment options:
Unfortunately there is no miracle drug to make the noise go away overnight. However, there are many things you can do to lessen the symptoms, learn to cope with the noise, and in some cases, banish it from your ears for good.
There are several natural ways to begin treating your pulsatile tinnitus symptoms:
- Cut back or cut out caffeine in your diet
- Avoid alcohol
- Lose weight
- Quit smoking and/or chewing tobacco
- Stop taking aspirin
- Exercise several days a week
- Take up meditation or yoga to help you cope with stress and relax which might make dealing with the symptoms easier
- Chew gum to increase blood flow to the damaged nerve endings in the inner ear
- Take herbal supplements – there are many herbal remedies that have successfully helped those with tinnitus lesson the noise and in some cases get rid of it all together when combined with lifestyle changes.
- Do gentle neck stretches to relax and relieve tension that may be worsening the pressure in your inner ear
The top supplements that might provide you with some relief are:
- Black Cohosh
- Ginko Biloba
- Onion Juice
- B-Complex Vitamins
An entire section of the ebook Tinnitus Miracle™, by Thomas Coleman gives a detailed account of how these herbal supplements helped him cure his condition.
Pulsatile Tinnitus Cure
Modern medicine has not yet created a cure of pulsatile tinnitus. In many cases those suffering with it are not given a lot of options by the medical community. However, that does not mean you have to resign yourself to a miserable existence with the constant noise in your head. You can take charge of your health and start taking steps today to relieve your symptoms and be rid of them all together.