Expert Care for Pulsatile Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling or clicking sound in one or both ears. It occurs in the absence of external noise. It harms quality of life, and can often be debilitating.
Some patients with tinnitus have pulsatile tinnitus (pulse synchronous). It is a rhythmic pulsing noise in one or both ears. It tends to be synchronized with your heartbeat. It is often related to the vascular system. Several vascular conditions, ranging from benign (harmless) to dangerous, can cause this symptom.
- Many benign causes of pulsatile tinnitus can be treated with minimally invasive methods.
- Dangerous vascular conditions (such as abnormal “short circuit” connections of arteries and veins close to the base of skull) must be treated to reduce the risk of brain injury due to hemorrhage or stroke.
There are many possible causes of pulsatile tinnitus. They vary in nature and severity. If you have symptoms, do not delay medical care. See your healthcare provider so they can evaluate you.
The multidisciplinary care team at the Northwestern Medicine Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic includes specialists in:
- Diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology (neurointerventional surgery)
- Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
- If needed, you can also see specialists in:
- Vascular neurosurgery
- Radiation oncology
Learn more about pulsatile tinnitus causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment here.
Appointments and Referrals
For questions and appointments, please call 312.926.3185, TTY 711.
Meet the Team
Why Choose Northwestern Medicine
Very few clinics in the U.S. have a multidisciplinary team of pulsatile tinnitus specialists. Our team is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. At Northwestern Medicine, you will receive expert care at an academic medical center. Our treatment decisions are informed by the latest research.