Thank you... I have done some reading in the past about tinnitus generally (which I have in my hearing-loss ear, a constant whirring) and also about pulsatile tinnitus. However, I don't THINK the clicking I hear is pulsatile tinnitus, mainly because it is not the swooshing noise (typical?) of pulsatile tinnitus but rather a clicking or "dripping" kind of noise, occasionally a click-smoosh (i.e., on one heartbeat I'll hear two noises in quick succession, the hollow clicking noise and immediately a second, swishy noise).
And it usually only occurs when reclining--begins a minute or so after I lay back in bed (on three pillows), continues on and off for a few minutes at most, then goes away. I've also noticed it happens much more frequently when I go to bed with a full stomach. I haven't heard of these as characteristic of pulsatile tinnitus.
Who knows, I guess it could be a weird form of pulsatile tinnitus. I have never heard anyone describe it like that. And I don't know what would be causing it. I did have an MRA (years before the clicking started) to investigate the dizziness and sudden hearing loss and it did find a small vascular loop on the side of my normal-hearing (right) ear. But I have never had tinnitus in that ear. This clicking is heard equally in both ears, or rather I cannot localize it at all. At first I was CERTAIN I was hearing this noise via air conduction, but then I became not so sure and have not been able to determine this for sure (partly because when I raise my arms to plug my ears, the sound is likely to stop altogether due to the position change, and of course when you plug your ears you create a little noise in them).
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Oh, this is weird... I have the same thing! Age 55 and had it for several years. It occurs most often when I'm reclining but sometimes when sitting up in a relaxed position.
It's a kind of hollow clicking or "dripping" noise--at first I kept thinking it was rain dripping from the gutters, or a clock hidden somewhere in my bedroom--took me weeks to realize it was in time with my pulse!
It is very position-dependent and either stops or (rarely) gets much louder if I shift position even slightly. A couple of times I noticed it was louder with my mouth open, but that's not consistent.
I have never mentioned this to a doctor because I've had so many other weird symptoms (sudden hearing loss, dizziness, neuro symptoms) over the past dozen years that I'm afraid they would just think I'm a hypochondriac. Or it would be yet another case of "I don't know and don't worry about it."View Thread