Heartbeat/whooshing sound in ears

Has anyone had the heartbeat sounds in their ears -and a sort of whooshing sound ? I get this occasionally and mainly at night but wondered if any hypothyroiders were experiencing this?

Maybe it's blood pressure but if anyone has any knowledge of possible causes I'd love to hear from you.

Or is it just age/hot weather/post -menopausal stuff?


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  • My work mate has this and it is a condition meaning it has a name but can't remember what it is google ' whoosing & heartbeat ' in the ear and there is tons of info maybe you'll come across the name for this condition too . She also suffers from Ophthalmic Migranes with this. Very unpleasant apparently and all she wants to do when the attac comes to crawl in her darkened bedroom and try to get some sleep. She doesn't have any known thyroid problems.

  • Maybe Tinntenitus or labyrinthitus. Inner ear or cochlear disturbance. Check with GP or ENT Vestibular doc. More likely just simple knock to head or water/wax in ear. But if there has been some trauma to head/skull do have checked with requisite scans.

  • I went flying into the front of the bus when it halted suddenly and have been having these whooshing sounds ever since. I did bang my head into the glass. Went to hospital but they said a scan wasnt needed. Im thinking if I should go back. Unpleasant and I just want to sleep to avoid hearing it.

  • Pulsatile tinnitus. I have it for years, getting worse. Getting me down

  • You should get your thyroid checked. I have the same thing and I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis. When I got on medication for my condition, the tinnitus went away.

  • I had that for awhile at the tail end of a nasty cold a few months ago. Put it down to a bit of an infection in the ear. I was partially deaf with it too. It went after a couple of days.

    Jen x

  • this is something I get from time to time. don't know what causes it. don't like it much. but try not to worry as it disappears for long periods. it has been happening to me for years on and off.

  • Yeah it is on / off condition as far as I know

  • yes i seen a specialist for this they told me it as external white noise i was picking up from the environment it has nothing to do with you hearing your bodies noises because thats what i thought it was too. its called tinnitus and i suffer from it constantly was told if its really bad it can make you go mad or deaf and i was told to concentrate on the noise from outside like traffic or put a radio or tv on to try blocking it out.

  • I have tinnitus, not sure about it making you mad or deaf, but it's not pleasant. Mine comes and goes, gets louder when I'm stressed. I put it down to years of loud music abuse but that's my fault. Apparently it one of the many symptoms of being hypo it's uncurable there are strategies to help you deal with it i.e. radio etc but it's a case of learning to live with it. I get high piercing noise but also whooshing from time to time....great huh?

  • Hi, wondering if you'll ever see this but... I've been dealing with the same kind of tinnitus for the past 6 months. Well, i get the regular staticky noise in both years but I only started noticing it because of the whooshing I would get on my right ear every now and then. I also get the high pitched sound on my left year on and off... The thing is that the whooshing and the high pitched were very sporadic and now, well, this past weekend the whooshing seemed to have become a constant. I'm healing from a cold so I wonder if it's in any way related. But it's driving me nuts. I read some pretty scary stuff about the possible reasons this is happening.

    So I was wondering if you got better, if it's still the same for you (how are you handeling it?) or did you find any underlying cause?

  • Hi There

    Mine has gone now and I think it's due to being more 'balanced' with my thyroxine. Best to check with your GP-even get a referal to appropriate expert-all my symptoms have evened out except that I pick up every virus out there. Good luck with advice on this and take care.x

  • Hi Celticlady,

    I can sympathise as I have had exactly those symptoms for 2 years now. Sometimes it's so loud I can't get to sleep or it wakes me up. I've been to the docs several times about it. At first they thought it was chronic rhinitis but the treatment for that isn't help. If you look on the Thyroid Uk site you'll see that tinnitus and other hearing problems are a common symptom of thyroid problems. So, I'm hoping that once I get my medication level right, it will help. I've read about others on here who have had tinnitus and their symptoms finally went when they were on the right dosage.

  • @ nuggetnet, I am on the right dosage and it doesn't go away. But it can lead to deafness and madness i was told that by a consultant at the hospital.

  • That sounds like a strange consultant talking about deafness and madness. O would agree that it can lead to depression.

    I have had tinnitus which includes whooshes, plus a multiplicity of other sounds for the last 20 years or so. So far, no signs of 'madness'. But then again, maybe I wouldn't know if I were mad.

    Yes, it is one of the many symptoms of hypothyroidism, because hypothyroidism can lead to ENT problems.

  • That consultant may be projecting his own madness on to you! Ha! They really say some daft things. It's autoimmune, I've been told by ENT specialist. I'd say it's thyroid and I'm battling to get on correct dosage to see if it makes pulsatile tinnitus improve. Fingers crossed. Maybe it's same for you? Good luck

  • @ marram it has affected my hearing in my right ear, that's why i went to the hospital to get my hearing checked, i have lost my hearing because of it since 2009.

  • Hi elements I put a post up under hyperthyroid as I have recently lost all hearing in my right ear and 2 GP's that I have seen have said there is no connection with thyroid and hearing!!!

  • ENT Neurology at your hospital/clinic. With neuro-physiotherapy (sugery - in more acute cases) it is easily overcome with the obvious requisite work. See a Vestibular-related med. practician.

  • Hold you nose, close you eyes, put your other finger in the ear that isn't effected, then push out air as hard as you can and your ear will unpop, it's because you have water in there and it connecting your eardrum to an inside part of your body, which makes you here this sound

  • Ok... I just tried that. My ear made a squeaky sound and I thought that meant it was clearing. Nope. The pulsing noise is now MUCH louder than it was. And I now have a bad headache to go with it. It might work for some people but based on my experience just now I wouldn't recommend trying this! 😕

  • Idiotic advice - NO You DONT blow as hard as you can, you will rupture your damn eardrum! You start with mild pressure and increase it slowly and carefully. It may release pressure at a point, but don't keep blowing so hard as to blow out your eardrum. use good judgment. This trick works great when descending in an airliner. As you descend, try this trick every three or four minutes the lower you get, and after you land you wont have that deafness or ear pressure. However if you have a head cold, you may worsen matters.

  • I just tried that. No noise for like a second but whooshing sound still there, even louder now if anything :/

  • It did something. My ear poped scared the hell out me

  • I started having it years ago when I was 27 and its just getting worse now. It drives me absolutely nuts! Any idea to what it is ?

    When I press my finger on my jugular vein it stops. I've been to the Dr, had scans done and still nothing! Help!!!

  • mine is same way!

  • Mine too:(

  • i am suffering with same problem.. this pulsating sound started in my right ear when i was pregnant. i thought it ill go off after my delivery, but it didn't. I had MRI scan and it came back normal... but stil i could hear pulsing noise in my right ear for about two years now.

  • My husband got tinnitus four months ago - whooshing and screeching type (not pulsating), which became pretty loud with time. He was really suffering, and started to talk about suicide. Had problems at work, too. He did MRI - it showed nothing, and his hearing was OK. The cure came like this:

    We live in Calgary, Canada. Calgary's elevation is approximately 1,048 m (3,438 ft) above sea level, and it's pretty dry here in August, when his tinnitus started (47%-50% relative humidity).

    In the beginning of October he went to Jordan (Elevation above sea level: 757 m = 2483 ft), humidity 40%. Tinnitus had disappeared completely, but resumed on the plane back.

    In October, he went to Vancouver (sea level, very humid), and his tinnitus had STOPPED COMPLETELY. It resumed when he returned to Calgary.

    It was my teenage daughter, (a gifted student!) who suggested that there is relationship between sea level and / or humidity and his tinnitus. I guess he had some damage to the tiny hears in his inner ear (sorry I don't know the proper terminology), and it somehow performed better at lower elevation and higher humidity.

    Right now my husband is working in South Korea (Geoji) - sea level elevation, high humidity. His tinnitus had disappeared immediately after he landed in Korea. I am moving over there, too. I guess we will never come back to Calgary (although we have a beautiful house and wonderful life here) - we are going to stick to places with low elevation and high humidity... It's so great to see my husband happy and cheerful again!!!

    So many people who suffer from tinnitus commit (or trying to commit) suisides... My advice (I wish I can yell it from the top of my lungs, just to be heard by this sufferers) - go for vacations by the sea!!! If your tinnitus stops - just move away from your high & dry place! This may not help everyone, but it will help somebody for sure.

  • Do any of you suffer from allergies? I started getting tinnitus about 8 years ago when I took up sports again. Prior to that, I had bad sinuses and often got colds or the flu. Upon taking up sports, the sinus became much less pronounced but I started getting ringing in the ears. Initially it was a wooshing sound that paralleled my blood flow and a slight ringing. It came and went...lasting sometimes a week. A couple years later the wooshing sound seemed to subside and the ringing became more prominent but again it came and went (last for several days and then subside to the point where I didn't really notice it). I still haven't figured out if it is stress related or allergies. There seems to be some correlation with my lower back sciatic nerve, so it could be that allergies are making my nerves swell causing the ringing in the ears and lower back pain. If I go for a hike, the ringing almost disappears and my back feels fine. When I sit for long periods of time and I am stressed, my back gets sore and the ringing returns. Still looking for the root cause. Hopefully my information is helpful. Rick.

  • well this is what i seem to have just now. whoosing pulsating driving me nuts. im sure is coming form my neck as its been giving me gip since i fell on my head ... yes i fell upside down off the bed while changing light bulb. funny at the time but i was stuck upside down till hubby pulled me out the corner . so looks like this is when it all started to happen maybe whiplash from then.. seems so . also having bad arthritis in the neck dont help ............oh and i do have a partial blocked carotid artery ..blahhh could be owt docs again ..?

  • juls, you need to see a specialist. From what you have described, you may have honestly split a artery this is from the blunt force of your fall. Your hearing your artery and don't realize it. Sadly many doctors don't do what is needed. They need to put a scope on the back of the ear your hearing this from, and if they use the correct scope, they should be able to hear it too! You will then need another specialist that knows how to safely and easily place stents into the artery (which is blocked) so that you do not have a stroke. A trip to a specialist to listen will confirm for you if this is indeed what happened but if you fell and you already had artery issues, Im betting you need to get to help asap. I hope that you will see this msg. and do a immediate follow up! Its a hard diagnosis, but it would not be if they would all "listen" for themselves first...and rule out the noise as being what I have described! Very hard to find on some scans, the separation, but they can find it and fix it! Good luck and speedy access care I hope for you!

  • I have had this whooshing sound in my ears during the night for a good while now, just read that quinine can cause this. I gave a gin & tonic most evenings so now going to have to give thus up. Quinine is also harmful for people who suffer from atrial fibulation.

  • I had this, along with some mild visual issues (seeing stars and floaters) and it turned out to be intracranial pressure! Go and get your eyes checked and mention the whooshing noises to the ophthalmologist to make sure your brain isn't trying to explode inside your head!

  • I get this too. And I hear my heart beat, but also something else a bit weird that I've not come across..

    You know when you're driving on a motorway in the driving rain and its noisy, and then you go under a bridge, and everything stops, goes silent for a second? Well I get that, in my ears and it feels like my chest. It's like someone turns off the electricity for a second and then back on again. Only notice it at night, and not every night but when it happens it happens every few minutes. It's so strange.

    I'm fit and active and have no history of high blood pressure or heart problems. Very weird

  • I have had this! At least from the way you describe it. Found it scary because you're not sure if everything will start again. Did you find out any more about it?

  • I've had tinnitus since I was 9 do to a cause not important here. I'm 75 now and have had it all my life, I just listen around it and hardly notice it unless I pay attention to it. But this May I was visiting Philippines and had a second episode of Bell's Palsy, which gave me severe pain in my ear with loud noises. As the BP subsided, I began hearing the woosh-woosh in my ear at my pulse rate when I am around even a medium loud fan type of sound... or hard rain... or air conditioner. It is so bad I wear my wonderful noise cancelling headphones without any music, just so it can kill the outside sound and stop the whooshing. If there is no outside noise, I'm never bothered... and yes if I can pop my ear it does stop for a short time, but comes back in a minute or two. I'm getting very good at popping my ears just by clinching down on my back teeth.

  • Hi everyone

    I had pulsatile tinnitus for a couple of years, until it drove me crazy... I read some scary online and decided to go for a head CT. I have been diagnosed with a brain fistula (DVAF)...

    Its worth checking it out!

  • If it is a bruit, (from artery or vein), the consultant will be able to hear it with a scope!

  • This is pulsatile tinnitus sister, I got pulsatile tinnitus when i was 12 and now i am 23. it's a worst experience that i got in young age, it lowered my hearing sense by 20%. It is mainly caused by young age infection, possibly sister in young age you may had ear ache for many days right?

    In the beginning i was unaware that what kind of sound is ringing in my left ear,it was so loud that it looked like donkey sound...but after some months,after sound lowered(to some extent) i realised that it goes exactly how my heartbeat does.then it ringed in both of my ears. now(after a long time) it has become less loud with time. i mainly hear it when i become stressed, in tension, depression and anxiety,or more often at night time(because at night,all other environment sounds stop).

    Pulsatile tinnitus also causes headache.

  • I had this for years I said to my doctor I got this noise in my ear pulsing he said it's nothing to worry about well 6 months later I had a heart attack now after the operation the noise went that was 4 years ago and I have just noticed the noise coming back I have been to the docs again to tell them and they said pulsing in the ear is nothing to do with heart well I have told them to log it because when it happens again I will take them to court it might just be coincidences but it scares me

  • I also have hypothyroidism. Same thing, like an ultrasound in your ears.

  • I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis and I used to get pulsitile tinnitus pretty bad. When I got on the right dose of medication, the tinnitus stopped altogether.

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