I've had a pulsing sensation in my right ear for 2 or 3 years now. For some reason I never thought it to be a huge concern. About a month in a half ago I started having a constant high pitch ringing in the same ear so I decided it was time to see an ENT. When I told him about the pulsing sensation he was much more concerned about that (rightfully so I see now). He told me it could be a tumor, atherosclerosis, aneurysm, and all kinds of anxiety inducing possibilities. I asked him if there were any possible less serious causes and he said could be hearing loss.
So he set me up with a hearing test, an MRA of the neck and MRI of the brain. So far I've had just the hearing test, the MRA/MRI is not until Tuesday but I have the results of the hearing test. Just as a precursor, I have a history of multiple environmental and food allergies, had tubes in my ears at age 6 and have for years had issues with dizziness, anxiety and ear problems.
The doctor who did my hearing test explained to me that my left ear is perfect, pressure test normal, audio test normal. When she did the right ear the pressure test came back abnormal, showing what she said to be some kind of interference in the ear, she said could be most likely fluid with my history but could be other things. I had some hearing loss in the right ear but when she put this weird head piece on me that bypassed the ear canal and sat under my ear she said that came back perfectly fine. She said if it's fluid like she thinks that once it's taken care of it could rid me of the ringing and the pulsing, some anxiety and dizziness. This made me feel quite a bit better
After this wall of text, my questions are:
Why didn't my doctor tell me that fluid in the inner ear could be a possibility? Is it truly something that can cause pulsatile tinnitus?
Does this test result rule out something like atherosclerosis or a brain aneurysm?
I have anxiety issues, there's no doubting that. I just want to know if the hearing test rules out some causes that could potentially be serious. Thanks for your help