Three experts from The Tinnitus Clinic contribute to major review on pulsatile tinnitus

publishdate:2018-06-22    views:973

Three specialists from the leading provider of tinnitus treatments in the UK have joined experts from Whipps Cross University Hospital to deliver a paper on the causes, assessment, and management of a less common but more troublesome form of the condition.

Chief Audiologist, Mark Williams, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Nitesh Patel, and Arts Therapist Julianne Mullen from The Tinnitus Clinic worked alongside ENT and Radiology experts from Whipps Cross to review how best to diagnose and resolve pathology that is associated with pulsatile tinnitus.

Pulsatile tinnitus sounds like a ‘whooshing’ or ‘thumping’ in the ears, in synch with the heartbeat. It can be very troublesome and can worsen in daily activities like exercising or drinking coffee or alcohol.

Those who also have regular tinnitus often consider pulsatile tinnitus the more bothersome of the two. It is more uncommon, with less than 10% of tinnitus patients suffering from pulsatile tinnitus.

The Paper, ‘Pulsatile tinnitus: a review’ reports that the most common causes of pulsatile tinnitus are atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries, idiopathic intracranial Hypertension, and Glomus tumors.

The review goes on to suggest that the first line imaging for pulsatile tinnitus should be a delayed Computed Tomography (CT) Angiographic protocol and that for the vast majority of pulsatile tinnitus with no identifiable cause, sound therapy is an effective management option.