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As you most likely recognize, prolonged periods of stress aren’t good for the body. Stress can cause severe muscle pain and headaches. But did you know stress can also trigger tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

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

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You may be wondering how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to take for granted how serious the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Stress is not something you should ignore.

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 give a boost of energy and adrenalin to complete tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But temporary, healthy stress and chronic, harmful stress are two very different things. Healthy stress helps you reach a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Normally, an irrational fear is the cause of unhealthy stress. Unhealthy stress is generated when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for a long period of time.

Unhealthy stress relates to our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us safe in dangerous situations. When someone remains in a hyper-stressful condition for a long period of time, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Worrying is a very common cause of unhealthy stress. The significance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We may convince ourselves we wrecked a chance at a promotion because of something we said. When you worry like this your invasive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We might believe that we are falling behind and failing to complete our daily schedule. Obsession, perpetual internal dialog, and even panic attacks are a typical part of this kind of stress. If we don’t take some positive steps to manage this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are typical effects of unhealthy stress. Affected areas could include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever read a book where the author describes a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts commonly come with jaw tension.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by sustained tension. Eventually, this strain can produce ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections produce lots of undesired symptoms.

Headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears are common symptoms of a sinus infection. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the result.

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

If the ringing is triggered by a sinus infection it will probably clear up by itself and you won’t need to see a hearing professional. But you should absolutely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing lasts for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music performance probably won’t cause long-term ear-ringing. However, you might be putting stress on the sensitive parts of your ear if you routinely expose yourself to intense sound.

When you expose your ears to intense noises regularly, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are put under a great deal of strain, which can lead to ringing, buzzing, or clicking.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the consequence of repeated exposure to loud sounds. It’s important to safeguard your ears from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Protecting Your Ears

Tinnitus isn’t something you should dismiss whichever one of these is the cause. It’s best to have your ears examined by a hearing professional on a regular basis. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, especially if you think that your tinnitus is being caused 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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