• over 1 year ago

    Irregular thumping sound in left ear

    Looking for info on what might be the cause of a thumping sound in my left ear and how to make it stop. It is not consistent with my heart beat. It sounds more like a thump/knocking sound rather than a clicking or popping sound. I don't feel the change of pressure in my ears like I would if the pop was caused by altitude/pressure changes. It comes and goes all day long; some days more often than others, and sometimes louder than other times. Sometimes it will be 5-10 thumps in a row for just a few seconds, sometimes it keeps thumping for several minutes. It has been anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours between each occurrence. It's been bothering me for about 4 weeks now. I have taken decongestant per doctor's recommendation, but it hasn't helped. I've had my ears checked for infection and they look normal. It doesn't get better by pulling/pressing on them, and it doesn't hurt either, but the noise is very distracting. Please help!!

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  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Irregular thumping sound in left ear

    I have had this going on for more than a two weeks now. Sometimes it is rhythmic, like a heartbeat (but doesn't keep time with my heartbeat,) and sometimes it is a flurry, sounding almost like the spinning of a roulette wheel. It will stop for a few moments once in a while, but then restart. I have had this from time to time in the past, but it has never lasted nearly this long.

    Looking into it, I believe it may be a condition called "muscular tinnitus," which is caused by spasms of the muscles of the middle ear that attach to the stirrup and hammer (the two small bones in the middle ear.) Of course, I am no physician so I cannot be certain of this, but the symptoms I find when I read about muscular tinnitus are consistent with what I am experiencing.

    I just want to know how to make it stop!!!!
      • over 1 year ago
        I started taking magnesium supplements a few days ago, seems to be helping. Also, the noise seems to be triggered by allergies, so I'm more careful to avoid food that is "processed near peanuts." I also have a hops allergy so no beer for me!
  • 11 months ago

    RE: Irregular thumping sound in left ear

    Please tell me if you found something to help. I have the same symptoms and it’s driving me crazy! I’ve tried so many things to make it stop with no success. Comes on suddenly and stops just the same. Please help!
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Irregular thumping sound in left ear

    Any update on your ear??