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My son is 26 and hears his heart beat in his ears. Along…

My son is 26...

My son is 26 and hears his heart beat in his ears. Along with that he feels lightheaded and gets blurred vision with a pulse over 100. What could 've going on?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Have you been having any headaches?

No headaches really. It's been going on for a couple of months, off and on.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

He was really sick a few months ago and ended up in the emergency room. Was treated with c-diff. They did a CT scan and showed some kind of virus in his abdominal lymph glands. So it seems like he's just had alot of things going on. He used to be really healthy. But his health has been declining for the last 6 months probably. We take him to drs. And they don't seem to be as concerned as we are.

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Tinnitus is a perception of sound in proximity to the head in the absence of an external source. An heat beat sound in ear is called as pulsatile tinnitus.

Arterial vessels near the temporal bone may transmit sounds associated with turbulent blood flow, especially if the loudness of the sound exceeds the hearing threshold in that ear. This may be responsible of pulsatile tinnitus. The petrous carotid system is the most common source, although other arteries may also be involved.

The other causes for it are;

1) Anemia (decreased hemoglobin),

2) Thyroid hormone imbalance,

3) Aberrant internal carotid artery ,

4) High jugular bulb, glomus lesions etc.

He needs to visit an ENT doctor to get examined and investigated by complete blood workup, Pure tone and brain stem evoked response audiometry, MRI & MRA, thyroid function tests etc.

This is not itself a serious condition, although an evaluation for underlying atherosclerotic disease, should be done by otolaryngologist or neurotologist. Following investigations may also be required; an MRI with contrast initially, followed by CT/CT angiography and subsequent interventional angiography if necessary.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
He has had a full workup with otolaryngologist. Had both ears tested. He's half deaf in his right ear from shooting guns, but otherwise, a good report. He also had a full workup with cardiologist. They did an ultrasound and halter monitor. Nothing conclusive.. ultrasound came back good. He had blood work done. His T4 was low on thyroid, but drs. Weren't concerned with it. I feel like a cranial MRI would be something that should be done.

MRI or brain, MR arteriography would be the next step as he has been already investigated from the point of ENT.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
with the beating sound in his ears cause his lightheadedness and high pulse.?

The problem which is causing beating sound in ears is likely to be responsible for the lightheadedness and high pulse.

A brain aneurysm may cause all of these.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I'm going to hope for the 1st. Can an aneurysm go on that long?

This is just one of the possibility.

Aneurysm can go for very long.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Will an MRI show an aneurysm?

Magnetic resonance arteriography (MRA) will show aneurysm.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok. That is what I will push for to start off. He has another appt friday. (He was hit by a semi truck 10 yrs ago. Had swelling of the brain that they watched closely and had numerous surgeries from that accident.) He's pulled thru it all. I will definitely run with your advise. Thank you for your time.

You are very welcome.

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