Pulsatile Tinnitus Treatment

Since visiting this site, we can only assume that you are exploring pulsatile tinnitus treatment options to alleviate thе constant pulsating noises in the ears. This annoying condition can be very frustrating, to say the least. The treatment for pulsatile tinnitus is based on the underlying cause. If a certain medication is a cause, the doctor will recommend stopping or reducing the dosage of the drug, or changing to a different one. For a patient with objective tinnitus who is diagnosed with a vascular condition, the treatment could be anything from medication to surgery to correct the condition.

While it may sound extreme, surgery has a place in tinnitus treatment for some people. If there is a physical problem that is causing tinnitus and it can be reached and corrected surgically, surgery becomes the treatment of choice. Take, for example, the case of acoustic neuroma. An acoustic neuroma is a benign growth around the nerve that carries electrical signals from the inner ear to the brain. This growth can have a negative impact on hearing as well as create unusual sounds. A neurosurgeon may be able to remove the benign tumor and correct the problem. Similar tissue growths at various places in and around the ear can cause tinnitus and can be cured surgically.

Tissue growth is not the only surgically correctable cause of tinnitus. Derangements of the blood vessels could also be a surgical target. Sometimes these arteriovenous malformations, as they are called, are present at birth but more often they develop later in life. Traditionally these blood vessel abnormalities would be directly cut out by a surgeon. Newer strategies for treating abnormal blood vessels include burning them or injecting them with sclerosing agents which cause the vessel to shrink and to die. If the blood vessel that is causing the problem is an important one (like the jugular vein) destroying it is not a viable option. In this case, other treatment options should be considered.

When tinnitus is a symptom of Meniere’s disease, surgical therapy might be able to correct the dizziness and ear fullness while at the same time eradicating tinnitus. In Meniere’s disease, there is an excess of endolymph (fluid) in the vestibular system (the inner ear organ that helps us walk upright and maintain balance). Surgeons can place a tube (shunt) in the vestibular system to drain excess fluid. More aggressively, they can cut away part of the vestibular system itself. Meniere’s surgery is not 100% effective at treating the primary disease or tinnitus, but it may be an option for some people.

Treatment options are as varied as the causes of this symptom. Once your doctor has determined the cause, effective treatments are available. When the blood flow is managed, symptoms are generally alleviated. Some conditions can be treated quite easily with medication and diet changes. Others conditions may be more serious, requiring a surgical procedure to correct the problem. Advanced medical imaging equipment is a valuable tool to assist your doctor in determining the cause; therefore, the treatment is clear cut. If the doctor is unable to identify a source, or if treatment is not a viable option, there are several management methods to consider. These will be discussed on the alternative treatment page.