We’ve talked about tinnitus on this blog many times, but we haven’t discussed pulsatile tinnitus.
Many experience a common form of tinnitus where a ringing or buzzing sound can be heard after being at a concert or a noisy environment. Usually, it fades after a while, but in some cases, it does not. This is how most people experience tinnitus.
Pulsatile tinnitus is a less common form of tinnitus. It’s also known as pulse-synchronous, rhythmic, or vascular tinnitus. It’s like regular tinnitus, in that only the person affected can hear the continuous noise, but the sound is different from the typical buzzing or ringing.
This type of tinnitus follows the rhythm of your heartbeat. It tends to have a thumping or whooshing sound, at a consistent beat. It may be detected by listening to the heart with a stethoscope. This is the only characteristic that distinguishes pulsatile tinnitus from regular tinnitus.
Pulsatile tinnitus happens due to a specific health issue. The primary causes are abnormal blood vessels, high blood pressure, anemia, atherosclerosis, tumor growths in the head and/or neck, and connective tissues found between the arteries and veins. Pulsatile tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying disease that requires treatment.
Treatments offered for Tinnitus from Pure Sound Hearing
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Two Types of Tinnitus
The most prevalent kind of tinnitus is known as subjective tinnitus. These symptoms can only be heard by the person who is experiencing them. This can be chronic or temporary.
Objective tinnitus can be detected by a healthcare professional. It generally moves at the same pace as your heartbeat, but there can be other rates of speed.
Getting treatment for both subjective and objective tinnitus is available. Make an appointment with Pure Sound Hearing if you need help with tinnitus, or have difficulty hearing. We offer free hearing tests and consultations at our offices in Elizabethtown, Lititz, and Strasburg.