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Why am I hearing my heartbeat in my right ear?

Just recently I have started hearing my heartbeat in my right ear. This came on suddenly. I am a 66 year old female with no particular health issues. What could be the cause of this? Anything to worry about?

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You may have PULSATILE TINNITUS (even though your ears may not be classically ringing). There can be innocent reasons, such as hearing the pulsation from some adjacent arteries (like the carotid) or a branch of your jugular vein (this vein has a pulsataion), or a few dozen other reasons.

In order to be properly evaluated, you may need to see an ENT specialist. Your primary care physician can rule out some of the more common vascular reasons, but this can be a VERY difficult problem to investigate.

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