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Pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss

Hi!

I am just asking on here if anyone has any info around pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss!

For a while I can hear my heartbeat in my ear, sometimes it gets louder. Every now and then I hear ringing too. 
I struggle to hear people if there is background noise and it sounds like people are mumbling!
Anyways, I had my hearing test last week and he said my hearing is mild-moderate and I have premature hearing loss which is unusual for someone my age to have hearing loss (27) it's also noted possible pulsatile tinnitus and I've been refereed to ENT.

Well, I doubt I'll have an appointment this year and because of my anxiety I'm worried as Im not sure on what these conditions means, possible treatments I'll be offered etc and I have no idea what to expect in a ENT appointment!

Am I likely to be offered hearing aids? Or does hearing loss get cured?

If anyone doesn't mind sharing info based on experiences that would be great! Thank you

Jade 

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  • leeCalleeCal Member Posts: 3,372 Disability Gamechanger
    I’ve had tinnitus for around five years. It came on over a few weeks. It’s not pulsatile it’s a constant white noise whooshing sound, very loud. I saw my doctor about it and he arranged for me to have a scan to see if I had a tumour or anything. That came back clear and I saw a specialist at ENT who told me that it was incurable. 

    However, as I say it wasn’t pulsatile, so possibly there may be something which can be done about yours @Welliboots93, I do hope so. All the best 🙂
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,033

    Scope community team

    Hi @Welliboots93! I had a look to see if I could find any information on treatment of pulsatile tinnitus. 

    The British Tinnitus Association say:
    If a specific cause is found, this may point to a specific solution. For example, anaemia can be treated with medication or blood transfusion, glue ear can be treated with grommets, perforations can be closed with grafts and narrowed segments of artery can be repaired.

    Some causes are less amenable to treatment: if the pulsatile tinnitus is due to a specific blood vessel, these may not be treatable, depending on location.

    For those people with pulsatile tinnitus who have no demonstrable abnormality, there are a variety of methods to manage the tinnitus which people find helpful. These include techniques such as sound therapy, relaxation therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling, mindfulness meditation, or Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT).
    Boots Hearing Care say

    Most of the time, pulsatile tinnitus is treated by addressing the underlying cause.
    For instance, if it’s being brought on by high blood pressure or a vein or artery condition, pulsatile tinnitus can go away with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. These may include:
    • Regular exercise
    • Quitting smoking
    • Reducing stress
    • Switching to a low-sodium diet
    And reiterate that talking therapies and mindfulness techniques can help people with pulsatile tinnitus to manage their condition.

    As for what you can expect from an ENT appointment, I found these resources that might help to put your mind at ease a little? 
    I hope this helps a bit? Give us a shout if you need any more information or support :) 
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,204 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome I hope you find all the information helpful and your appointment hoes well when you finally get one
  • greenmangreenman Member Posts: 15 Listener
    Hi, ENT will likely look in your ears to see if there's anything signs of something wrong. They will be looking for signs of infection and abnormalities. 
    I have had tinitis all my life.  I have occasional pulsitate which is a disturbing experience. It's often a sign of an underlying problem, but sometimes nothing to serious to worry about. To find what is causing it requires MRI scans and a very experieced consultant who will dedicate their timr, and even then it's often not possible to say why you are getting it. 
    I would not worry about it for now as it may well be something not to serious.
  • Welliboots93Welliboots93 Member Posts: 25 Connected
    Thank you everyone for your response!

    Can you still have hearing aids with tinnitus? I have moderate hearing loss but the audiologists just referred me to ENT 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,033

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    You might live to give this article on the British Tinnitus Association's website a read @Welliboots93

    Some studies have looked at the effect of hearing aids on every-day life for the tinnitus patient e.g. how a hearing aid may help reduce tinnitus and improve quality of life. Other studies have more strongly suggested that for a significant number of people, hearing aids do reduce the effect of tinnitus. Bilateral hearing aids (one on each ear) have been shown to be more beneficial than using only one aid.

    Since the introduction of digital hearing aids there can be more accurate tailoring of hearing aids to an individual and this has brought about an increase in the beneficial effect of hearing aids for tinnitus.
    So yes, it looks like it can work for some people. It'd probably be worth asking about this in your appointment though :) 
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  • Welliboots93Welliboots93 Member Posts: 25 Connected
    Thank you! I spent ages trying to find some stuff!

  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,033

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    No problem at all @Welliboots93! If I find any other resources I think would be useful I'll send them your way :)
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