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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Whooshing Noises Inside Head

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced whooshing noises inside head. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Possible Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It can cause severe dizziness, a roaring sound in the ears called tinnitus, hearing loss that comes and goes and the feeling of ear pressure or pain. Meniere's commonly develops between the ages of 20 and 60, and most often starts in only one ear.

    Life-long condition, attacks may happen 6-11 times per year on average.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, episodic dizziness, ringing in the ears, vertigo (extreme dizziness), ear fullness/pressure
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Non - Urgent Tinnitus Needing Hearing Tests

    Tinnitus is the experience of having "ear noises" that is often described as as a whistling sound. It's very common, especially as you get older. Depending on the severity and type of tinnitus, you need different types of investigation.

    Tinnitus can come and go but is also permanent in some individuals

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    ringing in the ears, ear pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-urgent tinnitus needing hearing tests:
    ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that never occur with non-urgent tinnitus needing hearing tests:
    heartbeat sound in the ear, ear discharge, vertigo (extreme dizziness), face weakness, ear pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Cerebral Venous Thrombosis

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a blood clot in an area at the base of the brain that contains a vein, which carries blood from the brain to the heart. This area is called the cavernous sinus.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, being severely ill
    Symptoms that always occur with cerebral venous thrombosis:
    being severely ill
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  4. 4.Acoustic Neuroma

    An acoustic neuroma is a benign (non-cancerous) growth or tumor that develops on the nerve that carries information about hearing and balance from the ear to the brain. This tumor, although it is not cancerous, can create pressure on the nerve leading to symptoms such as hearing loss, ringing in the ear, and loss of balance.

    Non-cancerous, so growth will completely go away after surgery. If hearing loss, if any, will likely not improve.

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hearing loss, vertigo (extreme dizziness), hearing loss in both ears, heartbeat sound in the ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when a bump, blow, jolt, or other head injury causes damage to the brain.

    Varies depending on severity

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, irritability, clear runny nose, vision changes, general numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with traumatic brain injury:
    head injury
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  6. 6.Pseudotumor Cerebri

    Many severe symptoms can be caused by pressure building inside the skull.

    6 months

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, new headache, vision changes, double vision, heartbeat sound in the ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Inner Ear Infection (Labyrinthitis)

    Labyrinthitis is an infection of the inner ear.

    If there is no neurological issues (from a stroke or meningitis), the prognosis is good. However, symptoms of Labyrinthitis tend to linger for an extended period of time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with inner ear infection (labyrinthitis):
    vertigo or imbalance
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Whooshing Noises Inside Head Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced whooshing noises inside head have also experienced:

    • 9% Headache
    • 7% Dizziness
    • 5% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced whooshing noises inside head were most often matched with:

    • 53% Cerebral Venous Thrombosis
    • 23% Possible Meniere's Disease
    • 23% Non - Urgent Tinnitus Needing Hearing Tests
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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