Washington Post Medical Mystery: Pulsatile Tinnitus (Noises in the Ear)
The Washington Post on July 7, 2009 published a story on a lawyer who suffered from pulsatile tinnitus (hearing one's heartbeat in the ear) which was ultimately found to be due to a carotid artery dissection. A carotid artery dissection could have resulted in a serious ischemic stroke which thankfully did not happen.
The story goes thru his experiences in trying to find a diagnosis and treatment.
Keep in mind that pulsatile tinnitus is completely different from continuous tinnitus.
Read more about tinnitus here.