Most people have experienced some kind of unexplained sound deep in the ear at some point in their lives. You hear it for a little while and then it usually goes away. But what about when it doesn't stop? If it's a rushing beat you're hearing, you might have pulsatile tinnitus (PT). PT has many causes, including vascular abnormalities and cerebral pressure.
PT can be maddening for those who suffer from it--difficult to diagnose, unrelenting--and it sometimes indicates a much larger serious health problem.
The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic, co-directed by UCSF Imaging's Matthew Amans, MD, takes a multidisciplinary approach involving specialists from the Departments of Radiology, Neurology, and Psychiatry who collaborate to diagnose and treat today's patients, and further study PT to help future patients.
Simple, rapid referral processes
The UCSF Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic makes referrals easy. Referring physicians can contact the office directly at
(415) 353-1863, or patients may self-refer using the UCSF second opinion portal.