Tinnitus is the ringing noise in your ears, and you probably hear it when there is no other sound present. While it can be annoying, it is a fairly common condition and currently affects up to 15% of people. You can experience it in one or both ears. It has been described as ringing, pulsing, buzzing, or whooshing sounds, which can vary from person to person.


Often, tinnitus is not serious, but sometimes it can be a sign of more serious medical attention. If you have questions on whether or not it is cause for concern, contact your primary care services provider. Tinnitus can be broken down into two types, pulsatile and non-pulsatile.


The most common form of tinnitus is non-pulsatile, but it is much more difficult to find the direct cause. Most likely, it is a side effect of hearing loss, but those with normal hearing may have it. Sometimes, this type of tinnitus originates within the brain, meaning there may be a brain condition occurring that may result in hearing loss or poor balance.


Pulsatile tinnitus is the type that sounds like a heartbeat in your ear. Symptoms include a pulsing sensation in the head and being able to hear your own heartbeat. This is caused by normal or abnormal blood flow within the blood vessels near the ear. If you are experiencing this tinnitus, contact your physician immediately. There could be something that requires medical attention going on.


Most cases of tinnitus are not serious, but if you have the following symptoms, it may be time to visit NeighborMD, MSO services, to see if there is an underlying condition to blame.


  • Pulsating

  • Symptoms present in one ear only

  • If your tinnitus is disrupting your daily life

  • Vertigo

  • Changes in hearing or fluctuation of any kind.