Hi! I’m so glad I caught your mail while it was open! First, I just want to say that I’m a relatively new follower, but I absolutely love your blog!
Okay, I’ll jump right in. Within the past year, I started hearing my pulse in my ear, really loudly. At first it was more of a swishing sound and I thought it was fluid in my ear until it became clearer and I could hear it was actually my heartbeat. It started when my ear was infected, but I got medication for it and I thought it would go away. Obviously, it hasn’t or I wouldn’t be mentioning it!
It comes on randomly, and can last for hours or minutes. It’s often worse if I stand, sit or lay in certain positions. If I press on my neck it stops. I assumed that it was something to do with my veins or arteries because when I press on my neck I’m clearly blocking the blood flow. But I had my blood pressure checked and my doctor said it was perfect.
When it happens, it’s extremely loud and distracting, but it doesn’t really hurt or anything, though it does feel tingly when it happens. It’s just that when it’s happening I tend to not be able to concentrate on what other people are saying because it’s just so loud. It’s so distracting that I often have to ask people to repeat themselves.
I went to my doctor about it, but he didn’t seem worried and said “Sometime people just hear their heartbeat!” But it seems odd to me that it would happen suddenly and then not go away. I guess what I’m wondering is what you think it could be and whether or not it would be worth seeing an ENT about?
I’m hoping this doesn’t count as two separate questions, just as part a and part b of the same question. If you feel it’s out of line, or whatever, just answer whichever part you think is easiest/most interesting/most applicable.
Thanks so much!!
Long story short, YES, I think you should get a second opinion from an ENT. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but…! And I’d love it if you drop me a line in the Submit box sometime if you ever find out what’s causing your symptoms. Good luck!