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Should I be worried if I have pulsatile tinnitus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You should see a doctor if you have pulsatile tinnitus, a rare, pulse-like noise in the ears. It is almost always benign, but in some cases it is linked to a serious underlying illness. Possibilities include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in your arteries), or a tumor. Worrying can actually aggravate pulsatile tinnitus, as stress and depression can make the noise seem worse.

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