It’s well known that stress, particularly for extended periods, can be very harmful to the body. When you endure chronic stress, everything from headaches to serious muscle aches can be the result. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the result.
Tinnitus can be caused by numerous different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s have a peak at some potential factors.
Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it
You may be asking yourself how stress lends to tinnitus. We generally don’t consider the negative effect stress can have on our bodies or how it can cause troublesome, painful, or even severe medical conditions. Neglecting stress is a bad idea.
Stress that persists a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually be helpful in getting necessary tasks completed. If you’re dealing with a deadline and have to focus on accomplishing a project, stress can be an ally by providing the boost of energy required to finish the job.
There is a difference, though, between healthy, temporary stress and unhealthy, destructive stress. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.
Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, generally, never in fact occurs. Unhealthy stress is created when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.
In dangerous situations, the fight or flight response is a natural reaction but it also relates to unhealthy stress. When a person remains in a hyper-stressful state for a long period of time, it can result in harmful physical symptoms.
Unhealthy stress is frequently caused by worrying. The importance of a relationship or situation can often be exaggerated. We might have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to spoil our chances at a promotion. Too much worrying can produce invasive, apparently unmanageable thoughts.
Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts
We may worry about what we didn’t accomplish today and worry over what we need to get done tomorrow. Obsession, perpetual internal dialog, and even panic attacks are a common part of this type of stress. Ultimately, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take measures to curb these thoughts.
Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are common effects of unhealthy stress. Affected areas might include the jaw, neck, head, or shoulders.
Jaw Tension And Anger
Have you ever heard someone depict their anger as jaw clenching? Jaw tension is a prevalent symptom of stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts.
Continuous strain can put pressure on the delicate bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Eventually, this strain can lead to ringing in your ears.
Ear Strain And Sinus Infections
Sinus infections bring many unwelcome symptoms, from a stuffy nose to a soar throat.
Sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears are common symptoms of a sinus infection. A ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result.
Nasal congestion frequently spreads to the ears during a sinus infection. Clogging in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the accumulated earwax this causes. Pressure on the fragile bones of the inner ear can cause tinnitus symptoms.
You may not need to visit a hearing professional if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms could clear up by themselves. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.
Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises
Long-term ringing in the ears will probably not manifest as a result of the occasional concert. However, you could be putting stress on the delicate parts of your ear if you regularly expose yourself to intense sound.
Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the outcome when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the tremendous strain of continual exposure to loud noises.
Beyond the intermittent ringing in your ears, exposure to loud sounds over a long period can result in temporary or lasting loss of hearing. Listening to music at a reasonable volume and using ear protection when necessary is indispensable for hearing health.
Safeguarding Your Hearing
Tinnitus isn’t something you should disregard whichever one of these is the cause. Getting your hearing checked by a hearing specialist regularly is your best bet. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, particularly if you think that your tinnitus is being caused by a serious underlying medical problem.