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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.

  • LizzyD1822 LizzyD1822 andrew97653

    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. 

  • jamie30120 jamie30120 andrew97653

    Thank goodness im NOT the only one going through this!!! Ive talked to my doctor over here (USA) and they have no clue what im talking about... Its driving me crazy. I cant sleep. It happens all the time. Its doing it right now and im about to go crazy. Its been this way for almost a year and its only getting worse. I also have TMJ and wonder if the two are somehow connected...

    • volsungs volsungs jamie30120

      Jamie - have a look at _______

      This is a site dedicated to pulsatile tinnitus. There are many examples of it and suggestions for treatment. I would get tested for inner/middle ear infection too as these can be very persistent and show few symptoms other than a dullness in the ear and the thumping/whooshing sound. Good Luck

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    • Eliz A Beth Eliz A Beth Bladds

      Bladds,    if you're still having problems with this and your eyesight is still affected,, have your ophthamalogist check for papilladema, which is swelling of the optic nerve.   There is a condition that can cause the symptoms You have which is caused by cerebral spinal fluid pressure.  the condition is called IIH / PTC.  I don't wish to alarm You, but please have your eyes checked to be sure, if the problems still exists.  

      I am giving the information to You, as these symptoms are the same as I have and the diagnosis is what I have.  Better safe than sorry, Though, I hope You are better by now.  Good Luck!  

    • wendywilts wendywilts Eliz A Beth

      Hi, yes agree, my daughter has IIH and it was picked up by the optician, always worth checking out, apparently its more common than people think and affects mainly women, they dont really know the

      Cause but it sometimes just dissapears if you lose weight,

  • volsungs volsungs andrew97653

    If your thumping sounds like a heartbeat or whooshing sound it could be evidence of a middle ear infection. I had these sounds driving me mad for over a month preventing me sleeping. I actually went out and made a will I felt so low. Then one morning I awoke with blood on my pillow. I rushed to A&E where they found I had a perforated eardrum. That was about 2 months ago. I still have the thumping sound off and on. It is worse when you cannot sleep. However I have found a glass or two of wine helps. I will go to A&E again next week. I'm pretty sure I still have the ear infection as I feel a heaviness/dullness and sometimes at night I can sense the movement of fluid in the ear. The next step may be to drain the ear or test the fluid for pathogens.Good luck

  • kelly1962 kelly1962 andrew97653

    Wanted to respond to everyone with this mysterious ear thumping sound. Mine started almost 1 month ago., a sometimes rapid sometimes slower thumping in my right ear only. It wasn't in rhythm with my heart beat. I have low blood pressure and no health issues but I was concerend about it. I only noticed it when I got ready for bed or when I would first wake up. Definitely like an eye twitch, not only could I hear it but feel it as well, and couldn't make it stop unless I put my finger in my ear, but I could tell the twitch was still happening. I read a few threads and decided to try some of the remedies others had success with. First I tried a few drops of tea tree oil in right ear along with a dose of Flonase each day. Also I started to take a 500mg magnesium tablet each day. For another's week it was still randomly happening. I stopped the Flonase and oil but am still taking the magnesium and yea!..all gone the last couple of days. Hope this helps anyone worried about tumors and getting muscles cut . . Pretty sure the magnesium deficiency was the cause.. I will post again if it comes back. So nice to be in quiet and read without the thumping!

    • miatin miatin kelly1962

      Hey I wanted to say this thumping started yesterday and lasted all day and every second was more stress on my heart and making me more scared and i thought it might go away today and its the same kind of thumping as you explained. and mine happens all day.. I took a tablet yesterday but didn't seem to help so i hope i can fix this before having to see any kind of doctor yet.. Im sorta scared right now cause I never had the thumping this long. Its happening right now.

  • mushmel mushmel andrew97653

    Ive got the rapid thumping sound but my sounds like its wheezy like someone with asthma sounds when they breathe. Anyone else sound like this?

    • ramen93684 ramen93684 mushmel

      I have got a rapid heart beat sound especially when sleeping on left side and like u said i get short off breath but after reading this post about magnesium surely will try them and update u people if mine went away .

  • deirdre67629 deirdre67629 andrew97653

    I am just so happy to have found this site.My left ear started doing this a few weeks ago and I thought it would just pass,but no.Yesterday it began around 6.00pm and I still have it this morning.Last night I went straight to a webb site and ordered the Magnesium tablets,this is after reading just how they have helped others.I am really hoping this works for me as it is driving me mad.I have to say a big thankyou to all of you.

  • mushmel mushmel andrew97653

    Hi, I am waiting for a CT scan & to see an ENT specialist but when I put my symptoms in a checker it came back as tinnitus. The noise is beating along with my heart beat & the reason it is louder when you lay down is cos it is quiet then & your mind is not focusing on other stuff. When I spoke to my doctor about the magnesium deficiency she looked at me like I was crazy so I will have to give that a try & not tell her till ive got results!

  • deirdre67629 deirdre67629 andrew97653

    Hi Andrew.I found the post from LizzyD very helpful.I started with the thumping noise in my left ear weeks ago.At first it was only now and then but one weekend it started and went on for maybe 3 days and nights without stopping.I bought the Magnesium tablets myself.The odd thing is,the day before it stopped I had been getting really stressed out whilst making a Birthday cake,suddenly the thumping changed to an odd sort of buzzing "Tune".it only lasted a matter of 30 seconds,stopped and then one single buzz,that's when I noticed the thumping had stopped too.

    The only other thing I did that was different was,I had been to the Physio for treatment to a pulled muscle and I also had Acupuncture,whether or not this had some kind of effect I don't know,but the thumping noise has not returned 2 weeks later.I hope this may be of some help to you.

  • kath88933 kath88933 andrew97653

    I have been suffering with thumping in my right ear for months and months, maybe even a couple of years. I also have tinnitus in both, so constant ringing. The trigger for the thumping seems to be sound or certain pitches. I am completely fed up with it now. I will make an appointment with my GP but I will try the magnesium, because I also get muscle twitches in my lower legs. I wander if this is all stress related. I am pleased to have come across this forum because I now feel I'm not the only one with this wierd thing going on in my ear. 

    • snowqueen48 snowqueen48 kath88933

      I thoughtt I was going crazy but so happy I found this forum.  The thumping is so frustrating and I have tinnitus in my ears as will got earing aids but still got the sounds :-( thanks gonna try magnesium for sure..

    • everett23536 everett23536 snowqueen48

      Hi snow queen, I am new to this forum and when I came across your story it was almost completely similar to mine. I have had tinnitus for years also but within the last 3 months have began to be bothered with this thumping in my left ear. Everyone seems to have something good to say about the magnesium therapy, how about you? I also have a ent appointment in a couple of days

  • GPChelmsford GPChelmsford andrew97653

    Tinnitus (funny noise in the ear) is very common. Most often this is temporary and it does not affect the function of the ear in any way.

    However, where there is unilateral hearing loss and tinnitus, one needs to report this to his/her GP, especially when younger than 70. Acoustic neuroma is a condition which must be diagnosed early, but it grows slowly usually and it is unlikely to cause problems when it starts in the old age. Acoustic neuroma needs to be removed surgically in order to avoid further local complications.

    The most common causes for the appearance of tinnitus is poor hearing in that particular ear: either because of blockage with wax, or an ear infection, a middle ear problem, or because of wear and tear of the hearing nerve. As a result of this the ear will be more preoccupied with sounds coming from inside the human body like the pulsation of blood vessels, the blood flow, etc.

    By correcting the hearing in that ear it is very likely that the tinnitus will stop. So, by removing the wax, clearing the ear infection or fitting a hearing aid you might be able to keep the tinnitus under control.

    Free hearing tests are easily available now through some comercial chain shops. Make sure you visit your practice nurse to check that your ears are clean before you attend for a hearing test.

    • kath88933 kath88933 GPChelmsford

      GPChelmsford..what does unilateral hearing loss/tinnitus mean please?? Is that both ears being affected?? 

      I have booked a hearing test which is free, at my local pharmacy. Not til June though. 

      The thumping in my right ear was causing me problems working in the classroom due to the high pitches of the children and in fact I am now retiring. I am only 46 ..

    • GPChelmsford GPChelmsford kath88933

      sorry kath...unilateral means on one side.

      so loss of hearing in one ear (which you could easily check when you speak on the 'phone by comparing the two ears) plus tinnitus in the same ear must be checked by an ENT specialist and often it needs a scan of the inner ears unless there is an infection or wax present.

      you could also check your hearing online if you go to the Action on Hearing Loss website. They are a national British charity.

    • kath88933 kath88933 GPChelmsford

      Mmmm.thank you..I think they are as bad as each other. The thumping is worse in my right ear and ringing in both. I will see what comes of the hearing test and go from there..I've got time on my hands now!! Thank you so much..

      i should have guessed 'uni' meant one!! Thank you :-)

  • sarah 95756 sarah 95756 andrew97653

    Hi, Andrew! I have the SAME problem, but the thumping started in my left ear back in August of last year. I have been to my doctor SEVERAL times complaining of my ears hurting & the constant thumping. I would get a round of antibiotics, but it never seemed to go away.

    Tonight I decided to Google it & stumbled on this site. And I'm glad I did. Last month I was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency & have started the Vitamin D therapy. But since I've been taking 50,000iu of Vitamin D a week, my face gets red & flushed. But doing further research, have discovered that an underlying Magnesium deficiency is more than likely the cause. I also read that you are supposed to do a Vitamin D & Magnesium therapy at the same time.

    After reading all the posts & comments on this thread, I'm going to add Magnesium into my therapy. Hopefully this will fix my problem as well?

  • kieran45710 kieran45710 andrew97653

    Hi all, Just adding my twopennys worth to this discussion. I have since yesterday 30/3/15, started experiencing this "thumping sound" in my left ear as described by many others here. I was chainsawing on 29/3 and am assuming that this is what brought it on. Regretfully, I did not wear ear protection as I am not a "regular chainsawer". As other contributors have commented it is really annoying. Again, as with other contributors, it seems to go away for a while if I press in and hold my left ear. I am going to give it a week or so to see if it resolves itself and if it hasn't, go to the Doctor. After the week has elapsed I will also give the magnesium option a go as it appears to have worked for other contributors. I will post an update here at some stage. Whilst writing thanks to all the previous contributors who have helped to shed light on this for me. 

  • kelly1962 kelly1962 andrew97653

    Just wanted to update my status.....I'm still taking the magnesium tablet each day and the thumping has been gone for a about a month now. On occasion I hear what sounds like a cricket chirping in the same ear, but it only lasts for a second.. Otherwise no problems...

  • chris1957 chris1957 andrew97653

    Hi Andrew I started with thumping in my right ear about three days ago. I have just found this forum and read about the magnesium deficiency. So I googled what foods were high in magnesium and almonds came up. I went to the kitchen cupboard and I had a packet so I started eating them about 15 minutes ago and the thumping in my ear as now disappeared. I am so thankful to this website and will now definitely buy some magnesium citrate tablets.

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