“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “How can I make that noise go away?”
You might be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing disorder that manifests noises in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these kinds of remarks. You’re not by yourself. Millions of people have this condition.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the sounds that the majority of people describe.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But there are absolutely times when you shouldn’t disregard it. Something more significant might be the underlying cause of these noises.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
26% of people who have tinnitus experience symptoms constantly, based on some studies.
This frustrating, ever-present noise can bring about all kinds of relationship troubles, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.
It can be a battle between the tinnitus sound and something as simple as trying to hear your friend tell you a recipe over the phone. The constant ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a member of the family who asks you a question.
Constant ringing can cause a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.
If your tinnitus is contributing to these types of life challenges, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s real, and it affects your quality of life. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with available treatment options.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Starts After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try numerous different medications to manage the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you might want to ask about alternate options. If your tinnitus started or got seriously worse after you started a new drug, look at that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. These include some kinds of:
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is triggering your tinnitus. The blood flow in your inner ear is compromised when you have hypertension. High blood pressure that goes unmanaged is also dangerous for your overall health. Age related hearing loss, over time, will worsen because of this.
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 setting such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you were just in had noise levels above safe levels. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become irreversible the more often you ignore them and skip using ear protection. And it’s frequently accompanied by hearing loss.
If you love a loud night out, take precautions like:
- Wearing earplugs
- Standing a little further away from loud speakers
- Giving your ears a regular break by going into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once every hour
If you work in a noisy place, adhere to work rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs. They’re made to protect you, but they only work if you use protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never dismiss facial paralysis. But when you have nausea, paralysis, headaches, and you also have tinnitus, it’s possible that you may have an acoustic neuroma (a slow growing benign brain tumor).
6. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Do you experience hearing loss that seems to get worse, then get better, then worse again? Are you sometimes dizzy? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. If left without treatment, it frequently gets worse and may increase your risks of serious falls caused by lack of balance.
Hearing loss is often signaled by tinnitus. So you should have your hearing tested if you’re experiencing it. Get in touch with us to make an appointment for a hearing test.