Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

What causes my ears to "thud" when I see bright flashing lights such as lightning?

By Anonymous March 31, 2009 - 5:50pm
Rate This

I hear a thud in both my ears when I see a flash of light. I don't have to be looking at it straight on. It happens when I see lightning, flashing lights, when I change the channel on the tv (in the dark). It's not painful, just annoying.

Add a Comment2 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

That happens to me too. I've asked different doctors about it and the look at me like I'm crazy. Glad to know I'm not the only one. Would love to find an answer.

August 4, 2015 - 7:08pm
HERWriter Guide


That's a really interesting issue you have there (not to mention a bit annoying)!.

I'm wondering if there is an issue with your nerves. We have nerves throughout our body, but nerves in the upper spine affect our eyes and ears, among other parts of our bodies.

The nerves in the second vertebrae of our spines connect to our eyes and auditory nerves. These nerves may be causing a kind of cross-communication when sending messages to the brain. So when you see bright lights, somehow an incorrect message is being sent to the brain which then causes the ears to hear that thud you mentioned.

This is just a thought of mine.

I have submitted your question to on of our experts so please check back - we hope to have an answer for you soon!

March 31, 2009 - 7:00pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.