Poe's Short Stories

What sound does the narrator perceive and how does this foreshadow future events?

on paragraph 10th

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"I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eye. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder, every instant. The old man's terror must have been extreme! It grew louder..."

This of course foreshadows the beating heart at the end.