Ear Problems


I've been having ear problems for over a year now.

Some of the symptoms are a bit hard to describe, but basically its like an ultrasound scan noise that a lady gets when she's pregnant, its like that noise but swooshing about inside my ear like fluid, its only in my right ear and its constant 24/7, it never goes away and it never dulls down and I wear an earplug 24/7 to try and dull it down so I can get on with daily life.

I also cant pop my ear abd the pressure build up gets so sore sometimes I feel like my head is about to explode, but it just won't pop to relieve it and I have tried everything!!

I also feel dizzy when I bend down a certain way, I cant sleep hardly ever because of the noise in my ear, and when im in bed, the right noise seems magnified and then my pulse batters in my left ear and its infuriating.

I also feel like I have a lump right at the back of my throat, but I don't, and I cant get anything up or nothing.

I've been to ENT twice, ive had an MRI, ive been scoped and basically ive been told its not cancer and its not tinnitus so live with it, my GP even suggested googling some "wacky ideas" don't know how im supposed to do that when I don't even know what is wrong with me, I got the suspicion the ENT DR thought I was crazy and it was all in my head but its definitely not.

Ive had a hearing test in which it stated the hearing in my right ear is down which would be correct.

I've not medical conditions that I know of and no allergies or anything and im just looking to see if anyone has suffered the same thing to see if I can go down a different avenue?

Thanks in advance!

18 Replies

  • Hi Lorraine - I get a clicking noise in my ear when I am feeling particularly unwell from heart symptoms. I have no medical evidence that its connected but I feel there is a connection.

    Kind regards,


  • thanks for your reply! X

  • I get a shooshing sound in my right ear which is linked to my heart beat and is known as pulsatile tinitus. In all honesty this forum is for people with atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia so you are probably looking in the wrong place.

  • Thanks for the reply. Yeah I know, I couldn't find a general ear problem community and this one kept coming up but I'll try elsewhere too.

  • I had viral labyrinthitis last year and it was a misery but was easily diagnosed by my GP, so you're probably wise to look for other solutions.

    Try googling BPPV (benign postural vertigo) and particularly the postural movements which may help - the condition can be caused by a small fleck of tissue which moves about in the balance canal of the ear.

  • Thanks Finvola, interesting.

  • Thanks for the reply! I'll look into that! X

  • I have the same swooshing noise, as Bob says pulsatile tinnitus. Not sure what started it 2 years ago - AF stress, old pump nurse used to de-wax ears or age. A few points in case they help: you were told its not tinnitus seems odd as I was not aware they could identify that and had to rely on solely what the patient said. Secondly, when you go to bed try listening to the radio with an earplug until you almost drop off. Lastly, I have noticed reducing sugar and gluten (if you like bread try artisanbread-abo.com not the supermarket stuff) reduces the sound.

    Good luck, trust your instincts and maybe see an Alternative Practitioner.

  • Thanks for the reply! No I didn't know they could diagnosis not tinnitus either! I think the dr just wanted rid of me! Hah but I'll look into the sugar and gluten thing! Thank you! X

  • This might, I am afraid, be something quite rare and that you ,or someone else, may, eventually, stumble over the solution.This has happened to me twice.Both were significant skin conditions....a lot easier, if not easy, to deal with but i had been 'written off'..... the second I got some private advice and a biopsy.Do not give up hope and keep on searching.Doctors cannot give up on you said my GP. time

  • Thanks for your reply! I'll keep trying! X

  • Wonder if your Doctor would have said Google whacky ideas if Tony Blair or Prince Phillip had been his patient.

    That says it all!

  • Haha I know. I'm sure they would have been rushed to the best private dr ever!

  • Have just looked at this link, which considers many possibilities - It may be the start on your journey to find some 'wacky ideas' - or some sensible ones!


  • Thank you! I'll look into that! X

  • Your description is identical to trouble that I get. Starting in1985 with a shattered cochlear all I had in my right ear (deaf otherwise) was swooshing and crackling. Now with age my left ear is going the same way. If it doesn't stop, I hope you will get used to it, which I have, and you may not even think of it. Good luck.

  • Thanks for your reply! Yeah I think I'm going to just have to live with it! X

  • Its the only way forward. Good luck. X

You may also like...