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Are You Hearing Your Heartbeat in Your Ear?

Have you ever heard your heartbeat in your ear? You’re not alone. If you notice that you’re hearing a whooshing or thumping sound coinciding with your heartbeat, you may be suffering from “pulsatile tinnitus.”

A couple common causes of pulsatile tinnitus, or hearing your heartbeat in your ear, include:

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss happens when there is a problem conducting sound waves along the route through the outer ear, eardrum or middle ear. A reduction in sound level or ability to hear faint sounds is also apparent. This type of hearing loss differs from Sensorineural Hearing Loss in that the generation and/or transmission of nerve impulses from the inner ear to the brain aren’t damaged.

High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is too high, blood flow through the carotid artery is more likely to be turbulent. The turbulence will generate the pulsing you’re hearing in your ear.

Ear Muscle Disorders

There are tiny little muscles that are attached to the bones inside the ear that can sometimes go into spasms and create a whooshing sound.

To learn more about tinnitus and to download our tinnitus handbook, head over to our tinnitus FAQ (

While there is no cure for tinnitus, a simple hearing test conducted by your Hearing Care Practitioner will help diagnose a corresponding hearing loss. Ask your Beltone Hearing Care Practitioner to recommend a hearing aid that will help mask your tinnitus.

If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, call 1-800-Beltone today to schedule an appointment with your nearest Beltone location.

Amy Duvall
Amy Duvall is a Digital Marketing Consultant at Beltone. She enjoys spending lots of time with her two kids and husband while she's not "helping the world hear better." She also enjoys watching classy reality TV shows like The Real Housewives of Whatever City and old Dateline reruns.

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