Hack My Ear - what's up with it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 06, 2011 at 2:39 AM

Recently, I've had random times where I'll feel my pulse in my left ear. It came one day and was gone the next. Today it came back. I was lifting sheet rock, so I don't know if it has something to do with more blood pumping in head (and ear), or I'm thinking it's anxiety - as I know anxiety can cause multiple things.

It does not hurt, it's just annoying. It's not constant. It comes and goes.

I've also had this happen in other parts of the body (legs, arms, etc...).

Can anyone explain why this happens, and what I can do about it?



on May 05, 2012
at 06:04 AM

I notice this when I am extremely carb depleted, so I agree with August that it might have something to do with low blood sugar or VLC chemistry, etc.



on March 09, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Maybe add some details of your diet and health? This could be anything from ketosis related issues to high-blood pressure.



on December 06, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I've had a lot of incidents since going paleo where I felt and heard my pulse a lot more loudly than I wanted to. I've suspected something to do with low-carb chemistry (I was fairly low-carb and calorie restricted for a while), and I've also suspected a heightened sensitivity to alcohol, but so far there are no clear answers.


on December 06, 2011
at 03:40 AM

WTF does this have to do with Paleo?

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on March 09, 2012
at 07:56 PM

This might be really obvious, but after wearing ear buds for long periods of time, sometimes in the following day or two I get weird pulsey-pressurey things. Only started noticing an increase when I had to wear ear buds really frequently for a project I was doing, and when I stopped the project it went away.

Otherwise, I would think a blood-pressure thing if it is effected by changes in blood pressure. Does it happen when you sit down/stand up? Do you notice an increase with stress or excitement?

You said that you get it in other parts of your body- you mean it's just a strong pulse then? I would just chalk it up to blood flow. Unless you never had it before and now you have it all the time, I wouldn't think it's something you should worry about.


on March 23, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I've had this constantly in one ear for like five years now. It's like an internal blood pressure and heart rate monitor as it gets louder/softer, faster/slower.


on March 09, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Well okay. You asked for it.




on March 09, 2012
at 06:07 PM

I get it randomly, and have done for ages. No idea! Never thought to query it, oddly...

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