HomeAnswersOtolaryngology (E.N.T)tinnitusI get rhythmic noise in ear and fullness which goes away on forceful breathing. Please help.

I am hearing wind like rhythm in my ears with fullness. What is that?


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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At June 18, 2020
Reviewed AtDecember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been hearing a wind like rhythmic noise in my right ear. It also makes my ears feel full. When breathing forcefully it might go away for some time but it comes back again.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

A ringing sound or wind-like sound in the ear lasting for more than five minutes is called tinnitus. If less than five minutes, it is not significant. This particular sound you are describing can be caused due to dysfunctional eustachian tube, i.e. the tube connecting the ear and the nose.

Usually, it is more in quiet environments and more noticeable when you are attempting to fall asleep. Crowded and noisy places serve as a distraction and do not let you notice the sound. Medicines do work, but it takes at least a month for them to act, that too the sound does not vanish until two to three months have gone by. I understand the trouble it is causing you.

So what is to be done?

1. Keep a table fan for white noise when you are trying to fall asleep.

2. Try and distract yourself when you hear the sound.

3. Get a hearing test done. You can use an audiometry app and send me the result.

4. Follow the prescription.

Treatment plan

Saline nasal drops and steam inhalation three times a day for seven days. Fluticasone nasal spray two times a day for seven days.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Navelkar Rohan Sanjay
Dr. Navelkar Rohan Sanjay

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)

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