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Rapid thumping sound in right ear

Hi for the last couple of months I have experienced a rapid thumping sound in might right ear, like a  very fast heart beat.

it only seems to happen at night and is driving me mad.

some nights it wakes me up At 3 or 4 in the morning.

i have been to my GP and he is arranging for me to visit ENT specialist at my local hospital and a head scan.

does anyone know what this could be?

 

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  • monicaham monicaham andrew97653

    It could be pulsatile tinnitus. Your ENT will determine what is causing it and help you manage your condition. If it only happens at night when you are lying flat, try sleeping with your head elevated. 

    • darlene93723 darlene93723 andrew97653

      Hi Andrew.  I have the same thing. It started a long time ago and I get it intermittently.  It wakes me up at night hammering and pounding.  Some time ago I went on a thread and a lot of people have this.  One man told me to put cotten in my ears.  He said it workd for him. I started doing it and it really does work.  Sometimes I put it in before bed and I don't get the pounding.  If it comes during the night like last night, I just put the cotten in and it stops. Hope this helps.

  • corinne11 corinne11 andrew97653

    hi andrew any luck in solving your hearing problems? Im having same thing i can hear my heart beat pounding sometimes its awful:-(  i woke up one morning and was deaf in my right ear i went to ENT out patients and managed to see someone that day i had no infection or any wax in my ear it just happened sunddenly i had hearing tests and my hearing was down on my right side also the tested the sound waves and nothing was getting thru that was 4 weeks ago i was sent home to await appointment to see a consultant 16th august!!! Feels like forever to wait i telephoned yesterday and managed to get in today for more hearing tests and to see the consultant tomorrow its no better i feel completely deaf on one side apart from this thumping sound which is there all the time but night time is much worse i wondered if you had any joy in finding out what your problem was 

  • corinne11 corinne11 andrew97653

    hi andrew yes i totally agree!! I went to ent 4 weeks ago and my appointment arrived for the 16th august which is actually quicker then you received but i pestered them last week and asked for any cancellations which luckily i got im going today for hearing tests and see the consultant tomorrow maybe you should try asking for any appointments that are cancelledand to put  you in for them i totally understand how you feel its frustrating and depressing keep on at them thats far too long to wait 

  • pam2014 pam2014 andrew97653

    I have  the same problem in my left ear.   It's a loud thumping sound   It comes and goes, but the last week or so it has become everyday and all day. Like you both it wakes me up at night also. I went to a ent and I didn't get to see him yet. His nurse checked my hearing and for fluid and wax.  She said no problem with my ears. She said I do not need a ear doctor that I should see my family doctor...it is driving me crazy.  Have you found anything out, or how to control it?

  • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 andrew97653

    Thank God I'm not going crazy.  I, too, have this condition in my left ear.  It only thumps at night but if I close the ear opening with the palm of my hand or a finger, it stops.  I am currently waiting for my doctor to get me an ENT referral.  This has been occurring for a month now but two weeks ago the ear started popping like their is fluid behind the drum.  I found putting an earplug in the ear allows me to sleep at night.  

    • dharris214 dharris214 LizzyD1822

      Lizzy - did  you find out what is causing it?  I have the exact same thing going on.  It starts around 9pm in the evening.  It couldn't be my heartrate as it is very fast, very slow or very irregular & if I cover with my hand or put a plug in it stops. 

       

    • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 dharris214

      Not as of yet.  I have an appointment with an ENT November 11th.  However, I am believe there is fluid in my inner ear that is tied to it. On occasion I hear popping noises and feels like swimmers ear but on the inside of the ear drum.  I will post findings after my visit.  

    • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 jaco64856

      jaco64856 & dharris214

      The ENT was a new doctor for me and didn't seem very concerned about the thumping and stated it could be a muscle inside my ear.  He had his audiologist do a hearing test and although I have a slight hearing loss (he did not state which ear) it seems his main concern was wanting me to get a

      sleep apnea study and hearing aid testing.  My hearing may not be as good as it was at age 30 but I can still hear the damn good and have not been

      back to see him.  *Side note:  A week before seeing the ENT, I started taking

      magnesium tablets for leg cramps.  In continued research on the inner ear

      muscle, I happened upon this last night at another medical form....

      itguysf replied to itguysf's response:

      Update 3/4: Well the eustachian tube blockage was a false alarm as the primary trigger. In the end, it appears that stress and anxiety are the main factors. Had ears/hearing checked out and all is totally normal. What I did come across not mentioned by anyone before is the possibility of a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is critical for proper nerve and muscle function amongst many other things. Stress and anxiety leads to increased magnesium depletion in the body. It wasn't until supplementing my diet with daily magnesium that the spasms started to diminish in frequency and duration, along with muscle spasms in other parts of my body. While it is not exactly known what started all this and why the right ear, properly dealing with stress/anxiety and ensuring adequate magnesium intake seems to be

      the best way to address the problem. Drugs for anxiety and sleeping are a short term help. Nice to know that in extreme cases, surgery for cutting the tensor tympani muscle (if that's the culprit) is always a viable option."

      *Side note:  I have not had the thumping in my left ear since I've been taking magnesium on a daily basis. 

       

    • jaco64856 jaco64856 LizzyD1822

      Thanks Lizzy, this sounds less worrying to me. I will see how it goes with more magnesium supplements. I'm not a big doctor fan and not the taking medication for stress type. I will be doing whatever to get the stress down and the magnesium up... smile Thanks again for the quick reply. and will leave a comment here when it goes away

       

    • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 jaco64856

      Please do let me know how  it turns out for you.  It took about 2-3 weeks before I noticed the leg cramps had stopped and really didn't pay any attention to the ear thumping.  I only realized it had stopped a couple of days before my ENT appointment.  I am thankful I found the forum post by that guy and his mention of the lack of magnesium.  I look forward to hearing from you. 

    • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 dharris214

      The ENT was a new doctor for me and didn't seem very concerned about the thumping and stated it could be a muscle inside my ear.  He had his audiologist do a hearing test and although I have a slight hearing loss (he did not state which ear) it seems his main concern was wanting me to get a

      sleep apnea study and hearing aid testing.  My hearing may not be as good as it was at age 30 but I can still hear the damn good and have not been back to see him.  *Side note:  A week before seeing the ENT, I started taking  magnesium tablets for leg cramps.  In continued research on the inner ear muscle, I happened upon this last night at another medical form....

      "itguysf replied to itguysf's response:

      Update 3/4: Well the eustachian tube blockage was a false alarm as the primary trigger. In the end, it appears that stress and anxiety are the main factors. Had ears/hearing checked out and all is totally normal. What I did come across not mentioned by anyone before is the possibility of a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is critical for proper nerve and muscle function amongst many other things. Stress and anxiety leads to increased magnesium depletion in the body. It wasn't until supplementing my diet with daily magnesium that the spasms started to diminish in frequency and duration, along with muscle spasms in other parts of my body. While it is not exactly known what started all this and why the right ear, properly dealing with stress/anxiety and ensuring adequate magnesium intake seems to be the best way to address the problem. Drugs for anxiety and sleeping are a short term help. Nice to know that in extreme cases, surgery for cutting the tensor tympani muscle (if that's the culprit) is always a viable option."*Side note:  I have not had the thumping in my left ear since I've been taking magnesium on a daily basis.

      *Side note:  It took about 2-3 weeks for the magnesium to stop the thumping but I've been thump-free for weeks now.   I believe this guy hit on cause. 

    • jaco64856 jaco64856 LizzyD1822

      Hi Lizzy,

      It's now 4 hours later and I took 2 tablets(400mg in total) so far of Magnesium Citrate(High Potency highly Absorbable) and the thumping in my ear is gone, for the rest of my mussle stiffness and cramps it's not gone yet, but I know from taking magnesium previously it will go away. I didnt make the connection between the ear thing and my mussles(and stress) until it was brought up in this forum. smile Thanks

      Hepps...Im just glad the thumping is away

    • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 jaco64856

      Jack, how is your thumping? Still gone?   I have been taking 1 500mg of magnesium daily for 2 months now and have had no thumping.  It was a blessing I happened upon  that other medical forum and found itguysf post.  

    • lovejoy7878 lovejoy7878 LizzyD1822

      Hi Lizzy,  Thanks for the advice.  I lay down and closed the ear opening with the palm of my hand and the thumping gradually subsided and in 20 minutes it stopped completely!

      I then went to an ENT specialist appointment and told him that I was terrified as had thumping in my right ear that wouldn't stop until I put my palm of my hand and covered my right ear.  He checked and found wax in both ears BUT THE WAX (mixed with hair) in the Right Ear was touching my Ear Drum and causing the thumping.  He removed it and there was a LOT.  Go to the ENT rather than a GP as soon as it happens!  Thank you ALL for this forum.  You have no idea how much you helped me.  God Bless you all!!

    • opt1mistyc 60 opt1mistyc 60 LizzyD1822

      I woke up this morning to this pulsating beating of my eardrum type sensation this morning. It's like an annoying weak battery of a smoke alarm going out. Like a jack hammer yet only hammering on muscle. I used my headset yesterday morning and when I woke up this morning I'm experiencing this. I pray that I haven't damaged my eardrum. Whatever it is its extremely annoying. I also hear and feel it. I've covered my ear with my hand also but to no avail. I will try using headphones at night to quiet this condition until I can visit with an ENT.

    • khatuna1964 khatuna1964 LizzyD1822

      Lizzy, I have the same problem, hear  heartbeat in my right ear and It starts in the evening, around 8-9 pm. and when I put my hand in the ear it stopped. You wrote that magnesium (1500 mg) helps you. How you feel now? it stopped? May I should try the same?

    • Penguin123123 Penguin123123 khatuna1964

      I have also had this thumping sound at different times in both ears at certain periods for over a year now.  I haven't been to the doctors with the problem and have worked out that when I have the problem it is due to a lot of stress and anxiety (repeat surgery in September 2015, husband passed away in March and had it for 3 months then and I've just got it back after another stressful week and got to go into hospital Monday for a procedure.  Obviously it could be a different reason for someone else so I'm not saying it is just due to stress but definitely seems to be the cause with me.

    • brenda04797 brenda04797 jaco64856

      I read your post a few days ago when I was researching the thumping in my ear. I was starting to get concerned when it wouldn't go away. After reading your post about the magnesium I immediately popped 2 multi vitamins. In 20 minutes it was gone ! I was amazed , so I've been taking magnesium supplements ever since and the thumping has never come back.

    • antonio20149 antonio20149 maryann0705

      i know that the problem is,magnesium doctors no medicine will work,no exame will see what it is,if it pass after magnesium,it s only a coincidence,it wood of past with out it,but it minght come back,i have it from 2 years now,on and off some time on for 10 days strait 24h/7 the pass for 3 days then come back,the only full stop period for me it s from june to feb then it starts again,so for me it s actmosfere pressure and allergy togheter.for me its ok from june to feb cus live in italy,oter nations i don know

    • claire 00540 claire 00540 jaco64856

      Hi, can I ask what happened with your ear please. This started for me 10 days ago and it doesn't seem to be getting any better despite the suggestions I've read so far. I must say that this site has been really helpful though as it's been giving me new things to try that I hadn't though of. Thank you

    • jim121272 jim121272 claire 00540

      I had this condition for several months, which occurred only after consuming more than one alcoholic beverage.

      I visited an ENT, who 'scoped my ear and found a good deal of hard, dried wax on my eardrum. After cleaning it with a small suction tube, the thumping went away, and hasn't returned.

      Prior to the condition, I had been cleaning my ear canals frequently with cotton swabs. This might have contributed to the problem by pushing wax deeper into the ear. So, I rarely do that anymore.

      Hope that's helpful to you.

    • claire 00540 claire 00540 jim121272

      That is helpful thank you. The gp last week said that he couldn't see any wax but I feel like if they cleaned them out there was a possibility that it could help. It's a strong thumping sound and it actually disappeared for a few minutes last night after I emersed my head in water so my ears became filled. Once the water had drained away though the sound came back. I was so disappointed as I thought I'd 'fixed' it!

    • jim121272 jim121272 claire 00540

      GP is worthless.  Mine was, too.  They'll simply diagnose you with tinnitus and send you on your way.

      Go to an ENT.  They need to inspect your ear with a specialized borescope, not that useless plastic tool that GPs stick in your ear.

    • claire 00540 claire 00540 jim121272

      Thank you again for your reply. I did ask for a referral but they said they wouldn't refer me because I hadn't been suffering for long enough. They kept saying it's probably viral and will go away on its own but so far it hasn't. So back to gp tomorrow and am going to push stronger for a referral. 💪🏻

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