Posted by: marguerite | 2011-11-08

whooshing in ear

I''ve had a whooshing sound in my left ear for a year or 2, it seems to whoosh in time with my hearbeat. have asked doc to check a few times, all looks fine.
I suffer from hayfever, sinusitis and asthma, so often have a post-nasal drip. my right ear has high pitched tinnitus and that I can live with, but the whooshing is awful and seems to be getting worse.
is it worth a visit to an ENT or should I stick with a GP?
what can an ENT actually do about such things?
thanks for your help!

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Dear Marguerite

You may be describing a very specific tinnitus called Pulsatile Tinnitus. In these cases it would be worth your while to see an ENT, as a clear cause is usually is mostly identified. An ENT will most likely request an Audiogram, some bloodtests, and possibly a Scan of the inner ear.
The fact is that your GP as checked for the most basic problems, and has excluded that. You now require more special investigations to get to the bottom of your problem.


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