Tinnitus which commonly represents a ringing in the ear or ears (or other sounds) that is constant or intermittent. The sounds produced can be low pitch or high pitch. This can be such as frustrating and even painful condition to deal with which can lead to many emotional issues. Of the two types of tinnitus, pulsatile tinnitus is less common and can be easier to treat than subjective tinnitus. But before any treatment is recommended, a proper diagnosis needs to be made. Here is how to diagnose pulsatile tinnitus.
While most of the phantom noises produced by tinnitus are only heard by the sufferer (subjective tinnitus), with pulsatile tinnitus which is also known as objective tinnitus, a doctor using certain instruments may be able to hear the sounds. While it may be difficult to determine what is causing the ringing in your ear, pulsatile tinnitus usually results from a problem with your blood vessels, muscle contractions, an inner bone condition, intracranial hypertension, etc. Most sufferers of pulsatile tinnitus hear the sound of their heartbeat in their ears which can be troubling to say the least.
When to seek help
Many people suffer from some form of tinnitus every now and then but it is not intense or does not last long, allowing them to perform their day to day activities without any issues. Do seek medical attention when the following occur;
- Tinnitus occurs suddenly without any cause that you can identify
- The noises start after a sickness and do not go away after about a week
- You experience hearing loss
- You develop vertigo
To help your doctor to properly diagnose you, you need to provide him or her with all the information you can think of such as when the noises started, the pitch, the sounds you hear, when you hear them, etc.
- The first step on how to diagnose pulsatile tinnitus is by the doctor obtaining your full medical history including whether you suffer from any other medical conditions (tinnitus is actually considered a symptom and not an actual disease.)
- The doctor will then apply a stethoscope to the head and neck and as mentioned previously, if it is pulsatile tinnitus, the doctor will be able to hear the sounds the patient is hearing in most cases.
- Hearing tests will usually be performed.
- Blood tests may be required.
- An ultrasound may be performed that uses a technique known as the Doppler to determine the flow of blood within the blood vessels in the neck.
- A CT (computerized tomography) scan is another method on how to diagnose pulsatile tinnitus which is used to provide images of the entire body.
- An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may also be recommended to obtain pictures of the inner ears and head. (The patient will either have an MRI or CT scan in most cases).
- Angiography may be used to examine the insides of blood vessels.
- And so on and so forth.
These are some of the many methods on how to diagnose pulsatile tinnitus. Even though finding the root cause of tinnitus can be a challenge, it is still important to see your doctor so that he or she can use various methods to try to find the source of the problem.
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