“Why am I hearing a ringing noise in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you might be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing problem that causes you to hear noises or experience a sound that others can’t hear. This is more common than you might think. Tinnitus is a disorder that affects millions of individuals.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the noises that the majority of people describe.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be ignored. Tinnitus symptoms can often be a sign of something more significant taking place in your body.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
Some research indicates that 26% of people with tinnitus experience that ringing on a nearly continuous basis.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship troubles are all possible repercussions of this ever present ringing.
It can be a battle between the tinnitus noise and something as basic as attempting to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. You might snap at your grandson, who asks a simple question, because the ringing stresses you out.
A vicious cycle can be the result of this constant ringing. As your stress level goes up, the ringing gets louder. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.
If your tinnitus is leading to these types of life challenges, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. There are treatment options that can considerably reduce or get rid of the noise in your ears.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Starts After You Switch Medications
Whether you have chronic back pain or cancer, doctors might try several different medications to manage the same ailment. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you may want to ask about alternatives. If your tinnitus began or got significantly worse after you started a new drug, look at that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. These include some forms of:
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
3. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is causing your tinnitus. When you have hypertension, the blood circulation to your inner ear is restricted. High blood pressure that goes unmanaged is also a risk to your overall health. Over time, it may cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you only hear the tinnitus when you leave a noisy place such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you just left had unsafe levels of noise. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more frequently you ignore them and neglect using ear protection. And it’s frequently accompanied by hearing loss.
If you enjoy a noisy night out, take precautions such as:
- Using earplugs
- Giving your ears a periodic break by going outside or into the restroom, if possible, at least once every hour
- Not standing too close to the speakers
Follow the rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a loud setting. Your safety gear will only successfully protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never ignore facial paralysis. But when the tinnitus symptoms are accompanied by paralysis, headaches, and nausea, this may be a sign of a slow-growing benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
6. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Do you experience hearing loss that seems to get worse, then get better, then worse again? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this indicates you need to be tested for Meniere’s disease. This causes your ears to ears get a fluid imbalance. Your risk of falling caused by lack of balance will get worse if this condition is left untreated.
Hearing loss is often signaled by tinnitus. So you should have your hearing checked if you’re experiencing it. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.