Focus On Health: What's That Swooshing Noise In My Ear?
Over the past couple of months, I’ve experienced heavy swooshing sounds (like a heart beat) in my right ear. I never seemed to pay much mind, as I’ve had six ear operations over the years to repair the tubes which kept falling out. I figured this had to be water in the ear.
I searched and searched the Internet, hoping to find the exact answer to my problem. The problem is there is no answer. Hundreds of thousands of people experience this occurrence every day, and unfortunately it can affect people in very different ways, sometimes altering their day to day activities.
It’s hard to put a title on the issue of swooshing sounds in the ears, however many individuals have:
- Pulsatile tinnitus
- Brain Tumors-Chances of this are less than 1%
These are the most common diagnosis by doctors, although without extensive testing, it’s impossible to label the issue. Most people experiencing swooshing in their ears can combat the issue themselves. How do I know this? Well, I suffer from swooshing in the ears and I have pinpointed trigger points for my own occurrences.
Common Reasons Why Swooshing In The Ears Occurs
High Blood Pressure
You may find when you’re blood pressure is elevated, you experience pulsating sounds in your ears. The quickest way to combat this issue is to exercise. Taking a walk for at least 30 minutes will elevate your blood pressure, but it will also help with circulation. I’ve found walking at least three times a week substantially reduced the sound, and in many cases, causes it to go away completely.
For more tips on lowering your blood pressure, check out my article ‘How To Lower Your Blood Pressure-From Someone That Did It.”
I’ve had consistent sinus problems my entire life. The symptoms got worse when I moved to Florida. The weather is unpredictable and the pressure in the atmosphere at times can be unbearable. Sinus headaches also aggravate the pressure in my head, thus causing swooshing sounds in my ears. I have found using Tylenol Sinus Headache completely takes care of the pressure and the sound in my ears disappears. Granted, this is not something you should take on a daily basis. Consult your doctor if you need to take the medication longer.
Impacted or Rotten Wisdom Teeth
Have you had your wisdom teeth out? In many cases, wisdom teeth can get impacted, or even worse, rot in the gums. I still have my wisdom teeth, however one tooth is rotted and hitting a nerve. When I experience swooshing sounds in my ears and I press on my jugular vein, the sound goes away. This is an indication of an obstruction near the ear or vein. Consult an Orthodontist immediately.
This is a simple one. Smoking causes high blood pressure and thus aggravates the sounds in your head. The more you smoke, the worse it gets. Cutting down, and even better, quitting, can solve many underlying health issues causing the swooshing sounds you’re experiencing.
Like a broken record, another overused drug, caffeine, leads to high blood pressure. You may sense a pattern and you would be right. High blood pressure is the key to reducing the annoyance of sounds in your head and ears. I’m addicted to caffeine, I’ll admit to that. In fact, when I don’t have at least one cup of coffee a day, I start getting horrible headaches and I start experiencing sounds once again in my head.
I made a sacrifice and started drinking herbal tea at night before going to bed. It’s decaf, but it does contain healthy, organic substances to build my immune system. I also started drinking lattes instead of coffee with a dash of milk. I am consuming more milk for strong bones, but I’m still getting enough caffeine to combat headaches.
Nasal spray addiction is a widespread issue. You may have started using it when you had a sinus infection or got the flu, and then you never stopped. Most people addicted to nasal spray can’t live without it. It’s as bad as alcohol. You’re nose closes up and nothing opens it back up except nasal spray. You also experience a loss of taste for weeks when you’re sick.
What does this have to do with swooshing sounds in your ears?
Have you ever thought about the pressure you’re blowing into your head? When you use nasal spray, you’re spraying sodium chloride into your blood stream. Sodium causes pressure in your blood, thus the pressure builds up so much you can actually ear your heartbeat in your ears. It’s scary I know. Quitting is as hard as stopping smoking. It takes months for your nose to get back to semi normal state. However if you’re able to cut down, I promise you will notice an enormous difference.
Quick Tips For Alleviating the Pressure and Swooshing Sound in Your Ears
- Take a quick walk, at least 30 minutes.
- Drink some herbal tea.
- Take two Tylenol Headache Sinus tablets.
- Get a neck massage-This will help the circulation in your body.
- Give blood. Yes, yes, many of us detest doing this, but unloading a pint of blood also reduces pressure in your blood stream.
These tips are what I have personally found to work. I understand taking medicine is a quick fix, but sometimes having the ability to function while you’re correcting the issue is necessary.
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