Whooshing sound in ear after upper respiratory infection

I’ve had a wishing sound in my ear for the past 3 days…it comes and goes. I’m getting over an upper respiratory infection and I already have ringing in both ears but never the pulsatile tinnitus. I’m hoping to hell this goes away. Has anyone experienced anything like this? Did it go away eventually? What did you do to make it go away? Please help.


Sorry to say that my persistent tinnitus that was one of the first symptoms (started one week after the chronic dizziness) is now almost my only symptom of MAV left or whatever I have (after nearly 7 years)

Occasionally it is pulsative. Which is very annoying I’m sure you concur?

The only improvement is that I used to be able to trigger it just by bending over and having head lower than waist. Thankfully this doesn’t happen anymore.

The other comorbid feature is a periodic cracking sensation as if dried mucus is sticking my Eustachian tube together and this sometimes breaks up or unsticks like a plaster. This also came on around the same time and hasn’t gone away.

Lastly this is all responsive to physical movement. If I clench my jaw the tinnitus peaks. It is therefore a physical problem imho, nothing to do with the brain.

I did used to have a sensation of dripping fluid, presumably also in my middle ear/Eustachian tube. This has gone.

I’m thinking about returning to medicine and to find an ENT. They were unable to explain these symptoms the first time so let’s see if they can now that my ear symptoms are the only symptoms.

I’ve tried a non milk diet and a non-hot milk diet but that didn’t seem to help.

What does seem to help is less added sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Dessert and coffee will often trigger the pulsative tinnitus, for example, but a big meal in general can, I’m more or less teetotal now.

If you do have any tips, I’m all ears! :sweat_smile:

I had the same thing for many years, now it’s intermittent, but for a long time it was constant. It started right after recovering from a mild upper respiratory infection. I can’t say it definitely goes away, because it did not do so for me, but I can say with confidence that it is not so obnoxious over time as the aggravation and fear of its continuing, that you are feeling now, when it’s only been a few days. Maybe it will go away for you, but if it doesn’t, your brain can start to “hear past” or “hear through” it and not pay it nearly as much attention. It was actually scary the first time I heard it, then it was obnoxious, then I played sounds to stop paying attention to it. It really helps not “being alone” with it. Have some white noise or a familiar TV show or movie on quietly, to draw your hearing attention. In my case it did not harm my hearing at all, I can hear a watch tick right past that whooshing. It’s just an additional sound, and like any sound that’s constantly in your environment, it’s possible for your brain to decide it’s not that important.

I have read that some people need help to get past that paying attention to it, so, if you are desperate, you can ask a doctor to prescribe white noise headphones to help train you not to hear it. I have not needed that, it’s just something I read about when I was new to pulsatile tinnitus.

Like the other commenter experienced, it can sometimes intensify if I bend over and lower my head, such as to stoop to reach something on the floor.

Also, drink plenty of fluids, use gatorade on hot days or if you’re sleeping in dry air (I know the Internet always says, gatorade isn’t needed unless you’re working hard for three hours or more, but if I sense I’m getting dehydrated, having gatorade preemptively helps a lot with all symptoms). And I agree with the other commenter, caffeine is the first thing to cut out. Also check yourself for food intolerances. Any food you eat every day or every other day, systematically cut out individually for two weeks at a time, and within that time, if you have an intolerance, you will narrow it down and notice it. Then if you continue to eliminate the problem food or foods you will feel progressively better. It is possible that my potato intolerance had an aggravating effect on both my ringing and pulsatile tinnitus, but it could also have been related to other factors.

You will be fine. :slight_smile: I’m sorry you’re going through this, because I know how it feels to wake up to the sound of what seems to be a small animal breathing right in your ear, and go through the day with that distracting noise, but it does get much better, whether or not it goes away.

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Yeah. I cannot get it to do this anymore via this movement so hopefully that’s a sign it’s improving and hopefully that trend will continue for all of us!

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I had something similar when I was sick in bed with covid three weeks ago. Thankfully it was gone the next day. I already have bad tinnitus (sounds like crickets chirping) which started after being sick with a virus at 36 years old (20 + years ago).