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Over 2-3 weeks I have been hearing a pulsating whooshing

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Hi, for just over 2-3 weeks I have been hearing a pulsating whooshing noise in my ear. I have noticed that if I push down on the right side of my neck where my pulse is the noise stops (its also a little painful to touch there). I am a 20 year old female.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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This is little concerning.

When you push down on your neck pulse, you are effectively stopping the blood flow through the carotid blood vessels.

Carotid arteries supply your brain blood vessels including the ear ones.

Hence, there is increased turbulent blood flow into your ear.

This can be caused by the infection commonly.

Or this can be an aneurysm or a tumor.

Less common cause but should be looked into.

You should see your doctor and request for a MRI scan of the brain to rule out aneurysm and tumor.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok, thank you very much.
When you say infection, do you mean an infection in my brain or in my ear?

I meant infection in the inner ear.

Best wishes