Hearing Health Blog

Woman with tinnitus and ringing in her ears getting a headache.

It’s well known that stress, particularly for prolonged amounts of time, can be extremely hazardous to the body. When you are dealing with chronic stress, everything from headaches to severe muscle aches can be the result. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the result.

Tinnitus can be brought about by many different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s take a look at some potential causes.

How to Recognize Unhealthy Stress

How does stress relate to tinnitus? We often don’t consider the negative impact stress can have on our bodies or how it can lead to frustrating, painful, or even severe medical problems. Stress is not something you should neglect.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually play an important role in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can provide a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But short term, healthy stress and long term, unhealthy stress are two very different things. Healthy stress helps you reach a goal without damaging your body. Unhealthy stress is hazardous for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, more often than not, never actually happens. Unhealthy stress is created when an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

In dangerous conditions, the fight or flight response is a normal reaction but it also is associates with unhealthy stress. When an individual stays in a hyper-stressful condition for a long period of time, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Unhealthy stress is frequently the result of worrying. We might exaggerate the importance of a situation or an interaction with other people. We might have ourselves convinced that we said or did something to spoil our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your invasive thoughts can really get away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Invasive Thoughts

We may worry about what we failed to accomplish today and worry over what we need to get done tomorrow. We may obsess, lecture ourselves, or even have panic attacks. If we don’t take a few positive actions to deal with this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

Normally, unhealthy stress impacts the upper part of the body by creating muscle tension and pain. Affected areas might include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever read a book where the writer portrays a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Jaw strain is a common symptom of stress, anger, worry, and intrusive thoughts.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by continuous tension. Ringing in the ears can be the consequence.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

Sinus infections cause lots of unwelcome symptoms, from a soar throat to a stuffy nose.

Headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. These issues can lead to buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears.

Nasal congestion often spreads to the ears during a sinus infection. Clogging in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the excessive earwax this causes. Pressure on the little bones of the inner ear can cause tinnitus symptoms.

If the ringing is brought on by a sinus infection it will most likely improve on its own and you won’t have to see a hearing professional. If the ringing continues for more than a few days, however, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing professional.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music performance probably won’t cause lasting ear-ringing. However, you may be putting stress on the fragile parts of your ear if you routinely expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the result when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the incredible strain of continual exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the result of continued exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a sensible volume and using ear protection when necessary is crucial for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Tinnitus isn’t something you should disregard whichever one of these is the cause. It’s best to have your ears examined by a hearing specialist regularly. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, especially if you think that your tinnitus is being triggered by a serious underlying medical issue.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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