Pulsatile Tinnitus Symptoms – The Causes and Treatments
Pulsatile tinnitus is a form of ringing in the ears that is experienced by many Americans between the ages of 40 and 50. It is not exactly clear on what causes it, but one fact is clear – it is hard to cure.
Tinnitus is the ringing in your ears when there are no other outside noises. Some of the lucky few who get this have ear ringing only once in a while, while others experience almost constant ringing.
Treating the condition is not very easy because you need to know the cause and sometimes that is a mystery. You will need to visit your doctor in order to narrow down the cause and begin treating your symptoms.
Generally, there are four categories of causes of pulsatile tinnitus. The first one is associated with arterial sounds. AVMs are abnormal collections of arteries in the cranial cavity near the auditory nerve. This causes tinnitus when the AVMs pulse against the auditory nerve.
The second category is associated with venous sounds. Venous sounds occur when there is an increase in blood through the jugular vein, which is the largest vein in the body that carries blood from the brain back to the heart. People who are pregnant or suffer from anemia or thyroid problems will experience this increased blood flow through the jugular vein which will cause them to experience ear ringing.
The next category is associated with malignant or benign tumors often referred to as glomus tumors or paragangliomas. Although they are benign, surgery is required to correct this problem.
The fourth and final category is associated with the spasm of the inner ear muscles. Normally, the middle ear is filled with air. However, if fluid gets into the middle ear area, either because of infection, inflammation or eustachian tube dysfunction, the fluid will result in the sound in the patient’s ear.
In order to pinpoint the cause, you will need imaging of the vascular system of the head and neck.
There are holistic treatments that have proved to be very effective in reducing ear ringing, or in some cases, causing it to cease. Since there is no cure, treatments can only help to control and manage the ringing in the ears.
You can educate yourself on how to manage your tinnitus. There are books available, such as Tinnitus Miracle by Thomas Coleman, that go into great detail about the condition. Hypnotherapy has also been used to treat the affliction. Some have chosen to try medication. Another option is to try a masking device. This is a device that is placed over the ear and its purpose is to mask the ringing noise with white or pink noise.
Before you can effectively treat your pulsatile tinnitus symptoms, you must try to find the cause. Effective treatment will depend on the cause of your condition.
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