What do I need to know about caring for someone with pulsatile tinnitus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Although pulsatile tinnitus is almost always benign, make sure the patient sees a doctor, as this pulse-like noise in the ears may signal a serious underlying condition. The annoying noise itself may cause insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Encourage the person to try drowning out the sound with a tinnitus masker (a hearing aid-sized white noise device worn in the ear) or other white noise. Affected individuals may also need to avoid triggers that can make tinnitus worse, such as caffeine. Therapy and support groups can help people learn to cope with pulsatile tinnitus.

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