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Old 05-02-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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My ears do some really odd stuff and have for years! I hear noises that aren't there, sometimes it sounds and feels like a hand is cupped over them and sound gets muffeled for a second or two, I have heard my pulse and there is constant pressure in them.. I keep saying I need to go see a ENT but never have gotten around to it. I'd like to just get rid of the pressure!

One time I was flying and as the plane came in for landing, my ears got so plugged up that I was almost completely deaf by the time we landed. It was allergy season and I was in the middle of a allergy attack when I got on the plane. After I had been on the ground for a few minutes, my ears popped and I could hear normally again.

I have noticed over the years that when my ears start acting up, I am fixing to start with a allergy flare up and know to take my meds. My daughter is the same way with the ears and allergy flare ups.
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Old 05-02-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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My mother had this years ago and it ended up being a thyroid problem. She could hear her heart beating in her ears. I don't know what your problem is, but just thought I would mention that since it happened to her.
Same here, but I did have a tube in my ear for many years and it had gone away, until an ear doc last year cleaned my ears and vacuumed it out! Now I have the heartbeat in my left ear again, usually at night when going to bed or waking up in the morning.
I had/have a hole in my eardrum that fluid was getting into that is why I had a tube in. That was the most painful procedure I ever had done....I actually passed out from it!
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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I have a throbbing sound in my left ear.
I had it checked by a doctor , and found that the ear was clean.
I take 81 mg. Asprin every night. I was told this may cause the problem.

Please help
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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I have a throbbing sound in my left ear.
I had it checked by a doctor ,and found the ear to be clean.
I take 81mg. Asprin every night. Someone told me this can be the problem.
Is this possible.
Please help
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I had something that sounds very similar a while back. My doc said my neck was misaligned (he is also a chiropractor) and fixed it with a quick snap, snap. The pulsating/fluidy feeling went away within 2 days and it has felt fine since. If they are sure it is not an infection or anything, I would consider seeing a chiro to get it checked.
I have had this problem off and on for two years. I never thought of going to a chiropractor. I think I will. Thanks!
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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jacq63, you haven't posted for awhile, do you have an update on your condition?

For a little over a year I have been experiencing an extremely annoying and distracting thumping sound/sensation in my right ear. It is NOT associated with my heartbeat and it's occurrence is completely unpredictable. I've been to two ENTs (one in Singapore, one in the US) and both acted clueless to my symptoms. In both cases, when my ears were inspected, the conclusion was: "sounds like something you just have to live with" (did they intend this arrogant pun?).

When the problem first started, it occurred at least every other day for about 8-10 hours per day (note: during prolonged attacks, the thumping rate averages about 6 thumps per minute). Gradually the frequency tapered until it occurred about once every two weeks for about 8 hours (I would occasionally hear a random, single thump every so often, maybe once or twice per day). The infrequent episode lasted about two months. I then went through a period (almost 3 months) where I didn't have any prolonged attacks. About three months ago, out of the blue, I heard/felt the thump while having lunch with some friends. It continued for about 12 hours that day. I was horrified. I thought that the horrible problem had left me and now it was back in full force. My anxiety was racing. After that attack I did not have another until two weeks later. After that, a one week break before the next attack (lasted about 8 hours). Now, for about the last 8 weeks, I have been having attacks at least once every two days, through all hours of the day and night.

The thumping causes me severe anxiety and depression. I can not focus (I am a scientist), I can not read (my job requires constant reading), I have not slept more than fifteen consecutive minutes in weeks (I feel like a zombie). During the attacks, I feel like ripping my ear off, or pouring boiling water into it. I have found no relief. I've tried professional cleaning, fever reducers, and exercise. I've tried the "blow through a plugged nose" technique, no fix. Just yesterday I visited a chiropractor and had an initial exam and consultation. The chiropractor told me that my ear problem could be due to misalignment in my C1 and C2 vertebrae (which by his observation are very screwed up in my neck; of course, right?). Right now I am waiting on neck and back x-rays before he will begin to provide adjustments. I skeptical, but hopeful in this route. But I begin every approach this way.

If all else fails, I would gladly submit to having my right ear and hearing removed. I feel like I am losing my mind. Worst, no one understands. The most frequent response I get after describing my symptoms, even from friends and colleagues, is, "Oh, that doesn't seem so bad, just don't think about it". It's ALL I THINK ABOUT. It is ruining my life. Please help.
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:03 AM
 
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I've had this on and off for 6 years. I describe it as feeling like a butterfly is inside my ear and flapping its wings. Yes, it drives me insane.

First doctors diagnosed infection, medicated me, things got worse. They diagnosed inner ear infection, more meds, still worse.

Eventually, went away on its own. Came back, went away, came back, went away, etc, etc.

Here's what I've learned

  • it's common, look up "tinnitus"
  • when i'm stressed, it's worse, similar to my awful (but not worse) eyelid twitch
  • i read somewhere that ibuprofen can cause it; i take a LOT of ibuprofen, I cut back and it cut out
  • i started keeping my ears free of wax with a scraper tool (made especially for earwax removal like the doctor's use), it seems to help
  • i think it's related to my TMJ and teeth grinding, mouth guard at night seems to help
  • loud music definitely helps, putting on headphones kills the sound and I can get some peace from it
  • there are some surgeries, some people say they help, others say they don't
  • i have a lot of allergies/nasal issues and that might be part of it
  • i have a lot of muscle fatigue/spasms and that might be part of it
  • sadly, i've accepted I will have to live with it... but on a scale of things to live with ranging from this to a malignant cancer... i'll take this

good luck, i hope you find answers soon, trust me, I know how badly it sucks
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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jacq63, you haven't posted for awhile, do you have an update on your condition?

For a little over a year I have been experiencing an extremely annoying and distracting thumping sound/sensation in my right ear. It is NOT associated with my heartbeat and it's occurrence is completely unpredictable. I've been to two ENTs (one in Singapore, one in the US) and both acted clueless to my symptoms. In both cases, when my ears were inspected, the conclusion was: "sounds like something you just have to live with" (did they intend this arrogant pun?).

When the problem first started, it occurred at least every other day for about 8-10 hours per day (note: during prolonged attacks, the thumping rate averages about 6 thumps per minute). Gradually the frequency tapered until it occurred about once every two weeks for about 8 hours (I would occasionally hear a random, single thump every so often, maybe once or twice per day). The infrequent episode lasted about two months. I then went through a period (almost 3 months) where I didn't have any prolonged attacks. About three months ago, out of the blue, I heard/felt the thump while having lunch with some friends. It continued for about 12 hours that day. I was horrified. I thought that the horrible problem had left me and now it was back in full force. My anxiety was racing. After that attack I did not have another until two weeks later. After that, a one week break before the next attack (lasted about 8 hours). Now, for about the last 8 weeks, I have been having attacks at least once every two days, through all hours of the day and night.

The thumping causes me severe anxiety and depression. I can not focus (I am a scientist), I can not read (my job requires constant reading), I have not slept more than fifteen consecutive minutes in weeks (I feel like a zombie). During the attacks, I feel like ripping my ear off, or pouring boiling water into it. I have found no relief. I've tried professional cleaning, fever reducers, and exercise. I've tried the "blow through a plugged nose" technique, no fix. Just yesterday I visited a chiropractor and had an initial exam and consultation. The chiropractor told me that my ear problem could be due to misalignment in my C1 and C2 vertebrae (which by his observation are very screwed up in my neck; of course, right?). Right now I am waiting on neck and back x-rays before he will begin to provide adjustments. I skeptical, but hopeful in this route. But I begin every approach this way.

If all else fails, I would gladly submit to having my right ear and hearing removed. I feel like I am losing my mind. Worst, no one understands. The most frequent response I get after describing my symptoms, even from friends and colleagues, is, "Oh, that doesn't seem so bad, just don't think about it". It's ALL I THINK ABOUT. It is ruining my life. Please help.


I have the same problems but i have been deaf for 41 years the last 2 years i have been getting the same problems you have mentioned. If you hear anything please reply back as i will do the same.
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:29 AM
 
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I recently have been having that same Trobbing/ Pulsating in my right ear.
It get very annoying and worries me a bit. I made an appointment with a E.N.T. specialist for next week.

So I'll hear what is what....... Let me know if yours went away with that medication that you are taking...

Thanks for listening
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:01 PM
 
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Im having this problem with my ear. No pain, just throbbing and a clogged feeling. It started in the left and is now in both. Im having problems hearing as well. No pain, just making me crazy!!! Ive tried cleaning my ears for built up wax and tried cleaning my sinuses with a neti pot nothing is working!!!! My GP said my outer ears were clean and he could see nothing wrong. Any suggestions?
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