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Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic

The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic cares for patients with pulsatile tinnitus, a rhythmic pulsing or rushing noise caused by conditions that impact blood circulation near the ears. Pulsatile tinnitus may stem from a range of underlying conditions, including high blood pressure, brain inflammation, abnormalities in an ear or surrounding blood vessels, or a nearby tumor. Even when the cause is not life-threatening, pulsatile tinnitus can interfere with daily activities and be distressing.

Our team includes specialists in neurology and radiology who work collaboratively to identify the condition's cause, often helping patients who were misdiagnosed in the past. We work with each patient to determine their best course of treatment, which may involve managing symptoms or addressing the source of the problem through lifestyle changes, medications or surgery.

In addition to our diagnostic and treatment services, we conduct research on pulsatile tinnitus to find new ways to help patients heal.

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      Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery

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    Our research initiatives

    • Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic Research

      The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic also conducts research to improve understanding of the condition and to explore new approaches to treatment.

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