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    Whooshing noise in right ear during pregnancy
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    Anon_232697 posted:
    Hi,

    I am 30 weeks pregnant and since 5 weeks I have whooshing noise which is pulsating in my right ear 24/7. I did a bit of research and found out that its pulsatile tinnitus, and it happens due to the extra blood flow in the body. My question is does it go away once the pregnancy is over??

    Its making my life miserable. Please let me know.

    Thanks
    Shilpa
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    There are many other causes of PT other than pregnancy. I would have no way of knowing if this is the sole cause, or if your PT will resolve after you deliver. If it does not, you will need to have a thorough diagnostic work-up.
     
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    Shilpacy replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Thanks Dr. Moser.

    I also have another symptom. If I apply pressure on my neck, the PT stops temporarily. Does this state something?? I feel the noise I hear is the blood pumping noise.

    Thanks
    Shilpa
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Shilpacy's response:
    Yes...that is significant. Pulsatile tinnitus can be caused from hearing the pulsation of a branch of the jugular vein located near the ear (this large vein has a pulsation like an artery). The carotid artery can also be heard in the ear sometimes.

    Is your blood pressure normal? Perhaps, the increased blood volume associated with your pregnancy is the culprit, assuming the PT is from either one of these sources.

    Please bring this up to the OB, although not all OBs have expertise in this area, but the OB can consult an ENT if there is concern.
     
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    Shilpacy replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Thanks Dr. Moser,
    Yes, my Blood pressure is normal. I called up my OB and she happened to say that its due to increased blood flow in the body. I have an ENT appointment coming tuesday. But if its due to increased blood volume itself, does it go away after pregnancy??

    Thanks
    Shilpa
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Shilpacy's response:
    It has been years since I managed OB patients, so forgive me. I get the kids once you deliver, but I leave the obstetrics to the experts.

    I am guessing (of course) that the ENT will agree with the OB that the pregnancy is the underlying issue, or at least suggest that you wait until the pregnancy has concluded. Don't expect an immediate cessation of your symptoms in the delivery room, but a month or so post-partum should provide that answer. If it is the cause....you will most likely spontaneously (but not suddenly) improve. I suspect you will be sooooo busy and a bit sleep-deprived, that you will have little time to pay attention to these aberrant noises, but when things settle down in your home, you may pleasantly be surprised that your pulsatile symptoms and tinnitus will fade away to nothing. We can all share in this hope.

    Make sure to post a "birth announcement", and let me know what the ENT has to say after he/she examines you.
     
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    Shilpacy replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Thanks a lot Dr. Moser.

    I will surely let you know what the ENT has to say. I am hoping that its due to pregnancy itself and will go away. The word "Tinnitus" makes me so nervous as everywhere it says that it cannot be cured... Thanks once again.

    Thanks
    Shilpa
     
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    Shilpacy replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Hello Dr. Moser,

    I had been to ENT specialist yesterday. He checked my hearing and said everything in the ear looks fine. No damage or fluid inside. He told me the same, its because of the increased blood flow to the jugular vein which passes very close to my ear drum and it should resolve once i deliver the baby (and also as you said, asked me to comeback if it doesn't resolve after delivery)

    So, im hoping for the best as it is making me very depressed and unable to enjoy my pregnancy.

    Regards
    Shilpa
     
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    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Shilpacy's response:
    Don't be depressed....pregnancy is often not a smooth road with stretch marks, big tummies, peeing all of the time, and in your case, a bit of pulsatile tinnitus.

    You are in the process of experiencing a miracle....the miracle of birth. The joy and happiness of this upcoming event should overshadow and bumps in the road getting there.

    Now that you have been properly examined, you can let it go and focus on the things you need to do to prepare for your baby. You have several more weeks to go before you will be sooooo busy and involved, you will not have time to be concerned about these things.
     
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    divachic1 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    Just some FYI......I went through the same thing.I had some female problems, high blood pressure, And had tohave a hysterectomy.I had PT TOO. My pulse was racing and my ear was wooshing.I damn near ready to have a nervous break down... ONCE I GOT ON THE RIGHT MEDS.. aND HAD MY SURGERY,,,iT TOOK ABOUT A MONTH BUT THE WOOSHING WENT AWAY. WOOHOOO...SO , DONT LET IT DRIVE YOU CRAZY.. USE MASKING NOISES LIKE RADIO, A FAN, OR SOMETHING SOOTHING TO MASK THE NOISE...AND WHEN YOUR NERVOUS AND EXCITED AND UPSET..THAT MAKES IT WORST....

    AND WHEN THE BABY COMES YOU WILL BE TOO DAMN TIRED TO WORRIED ABOUT A WOOSHING SOUND. iT WILL GO AWAY.. YOU PROB WONT EVEN KNOW IT WENT AWAY FROM ENJOYING YOUR LIL ANGEL..

    CONGRATS.. ON THE BABY!!!!
     
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    Sayu2011 responded:
    Hi Shilpa, I am 38 weeks with exact same issue and also worried that does it go away quickly after delivery? Did yours finally go away? Pls let me know, dramisha@gmail.com; I am kinda depressed too that I can't enjoy my pregnancy because of this issue.
     
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    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to Sayu2011's response:
    Hi Sayu and welcome to WebMD,

    Shilpa may no longer be looking in here so I hope you read all the dialogue here between her and Dr. Moser.

    And if you still have questions, try starting a new discussion so Dr. Moser has a chance to find your post and respond. To do that, hold your cursor over the orange Post Now button and choose 'Discussion' from the drop down menu which appears. Fill in the subject line and body of the message (you can ignore the poll part if you wish) and Submit.

    (And there's no need to post your email address; all dialogue and answers are posted here on the board itself.)
    We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. ~Peggy Tabor Millin
     
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    Sayu2011 replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Thank you Caprice. I posted a discussion as you advised. I am hoping for the best as it only started during my last trimester and my doc said my ears are clean and normal. It's probably caz of nasal congestion and increased blood flow. I am due in 12 days so hopefully I will find relief soon.


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