Clear Heartbeat in the Ear, Is It Normal?


Some people can feel the buzz or even hear the heartbeat in the ear in a state of silence. If you experience it, then this can indicate that you have a condition called pulsatile tinnitus. No need to panic, here are various causes and ways to deal with the heartbeat that sounds in your ears.

Why do you hear the heartbeat in the ear when it is quiet?

Pulsatile tinnitus is slightly different from a similar condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus has the characteristics of a buzzing, whistling, hissing, or 'click' sound in the ear due to nerve cells catching abnormal signals that move from the ear to the brain.

Meanwhile, pulsatile tinnitus has distinctive features such as hearing a rhythmic beeping sound that still resembles the heartbeat from within the body. This beating sound is the sound of blood circulation to the arteries around the ear area. Usually pulsatile tinnitus occurs in one ear. The main causes can come from:


  • Increased blood flow throughout the body, for example due to pregnancy, severe anemia, or increased activity of the thyroid gland.
  • Increased blood flow in the neck area.
  • Irregular blood flow due to interference with blood vessels such as atherosclerosis (hardening of blood vessels due to plaque buildup).
  • Increased sensitivity of the ear, for example due to a hollow eardrum or ear infection.
  • Abnormal conditions of capillary arteries.
  • Tumor on the head or neck.
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, ie increased pressure on the space around the brain and spine.

If you feel that you hear your heartbeat continuously, try checking with your doctor. The doctor will help you find the cause by doing a series of examinations, including MRI examinations, ultrasound, etc. to study the flow and blood pressure in the blood vessels in your head.


How do you stop this beating sound?

When you hear the heartbeat in your ear, this indicates that there are other conditions in your body. Therefore, pulsatile tinnitus needs to be treated according to the cause.

1. If the cause is a disorder of blood circulation

High blood pressure needs to be overcome by taking drugs and improving lifestyle. You need to avoid high sodium food intake, exercise regularly, stop smoking, and practice managing stress well.

However, if you have a problem with a blood vessel (for example due to atherosclerosis), you may need to undergo surgery or a catheter to re-launch the bloodstream.

2. Sound therapy

Sound therapy is generally used to treat pulsatile tinnitus due to increased ear sensitivity. The trick is to make you listen to sounds coming from the surrounding environment, radio, special applications, or special sound generators. Certain devices can produce 'white noise' which can reduce the noise caused by the sound on the ear that appears continuously.

3. Cognitive behavioral therapy

Sometimes, the noise that interferes in your head can come from your own psychological condition. Therefore, this method is done to overcome pulsatile tinnitus from that side. Instead of trying to get rid of the sound of the heartbeat that you keep hearing, a psychologist will help change the way you react to these sounds.

4. Relaxation

Relaxation therapy will help reduce heart rate, blood pressure, and brain activity that makes you hear the heartbeat in the ear continuously. This therapy generally involves breathing exercises, concentration of mind, and meditation.

A number of causes of pulsatile tinnitus can be treated completely, provided you get the right diagnosis. Therefore, immediately check your condition if you feel you hear a continuous heartbeat in the ear. The earlier you start therapy, the better the results for your quality of life.

Iklan Atas Artikel

Iklan Tengah Artikel 1

Iklan Tengah Artikel 2

Iklan Bawah Artikel