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What is Pulsatile Tinnitus?

Pulsatile tinnitus is a specific type of tinnitus characterized by hearing rhythmic sounds in the ear that coincide with the heartbeat. Unlike non-pulsatile tinnitus, which manifests as a constant or intermittent buzzing or ringing, pulsatile tinnitus is often described as a "whooshing" or "thumping" sound that syncs with the individual's heartbeat. It is typically caused by abnormal blood flow or vascular conditions in the vicinity of the ear, such as vascular tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), or carotid artery disease. Pulsatile tinnitus can significantly impact a person's quality of life, causing distress and affecting sleep, concentration, and overall well-being.

Why Dr. William Ares?

Dr. William Ares, a highly skilled neurosurgeon based in Chicago, IL, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pulsatile tinnitus. His expertise and compassionate care make him the ideal choice for patients seeking effective management of this unique condition.

Accurate Diagnosis: Dr. Ares utilizes advanced diagnostic techniques to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of pulsatile tinnitus. He conducts a comprehensive evaluation, including a thorough medical history, physical examination, and imaging studies, such as magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) or computed tomography angiography (CTA), to identify the source of abnormal blood flow or vascular abnormalities.

Comprehensive Treatment Options: Dr. Ares offers a comprehensive range of treatment options for pulsatile tinnitus, tailored to each patient's specific needs. Treatment may involve medication management to address underlying vascular conditions, endovascular procedures to target and correct abnormal blood flow, or surgical interventions in more complex cases. Dr. Ares carefully evaluates each patient's case to determine the most suitable treatment approach to provide relief and improve symptoms.

Advanced Techniques: Dr. Ares is skilled in utilizing advanced techniques to manage and treat pulsatile tinnitus. He stays up to date with the latest advancements in the field and employs state-of-the-art imaging, endovascular tools, and surgical expertise to address the underlying vascular conditions with precision.

Collaborative Approach: Dr. Ares believes in a collaborative approach to patient care. He works closely with a multidisciplinary team, including otolaryngologists, audiologists, and radiologists, to ensure comprehensive evaluation and optimal treatment outcomes for patients with pulsatile tinnitus.

Patient-Centered Care: Dr. Ares is dedicated to providing patient-centered care, focusing on each individual's unique needs, concerns, and goals. He takes the time to thoroughly explain the condition, treatment options, and expected outcomes, ensuring that patients and their families are well-informed and actively involved in their healthcare decisions.

If you are seeking expert care for pulsatile tinnitus in Chicago, IL, Dr. William Ares offers exceptional neurological expertise, utilizing advanced techniques to accurately diagnose and effectively treat the underlying vascular conditions causing pulsatile tinnitus, aiming to improve patients' outcomes and overall well-being.

Pulsatile Tinnitus - Neurosurgeon in Chicago, IL

Pulsatile Tinnitus


Perception of rhythmic sounds in the ears, synchronized with the heartbeat.


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