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

As you probably know, sustained periods of stress aren’t good for the body. When you are afflicted by acute stress, everything from headaches to serious muscle aches can be the result. But did you recognize stress can also result in tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Tinnitus can be caused by various different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s take a look at several potential causes of that irritating ringing in your ears.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Recognize it

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to neglect how serious the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Stress is not something you should ignore.

Healthy Stress

Stress that lasts a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually play an important role in accomplishing demanding tasks. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But temporary, healthy stress and long term, unhealthy stress are two very different things. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Usually, an irrational fear is the cause of unhealthy stress. When an individual remains in a heightened state of anxiety, the result is often unhealthy stress.

Unhealthy stress relates to our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us safe in hazardous situations. Harmful physical symptoms happen when someone stays in a hyper-stressful circumstance for extended periods.


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

Intrusive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We may worry about what we didn’t get completed today and fret over what we need to get done tomorrow. We might obsess, lecture ourselves, or even have panic attacks. Inevitably, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies unless we take measures to curb these thoughts.

Usually, unhealthy stress affects the upper part of the body by producing muscle tension and pain. Impacted areas may include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the author talks about a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Jaw tension is a prevalent symptom of stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts.

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

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

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

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

During a sinus infection, your nasal congestion frequently spreads to your ears. Clogging in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this creates. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

You might not need to go to a hearing professional if the ringing is the result of a sinus infection, as the symptoms could improve by themselves. But you should definitely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing lasts for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The occasional music concert is probably not going to cause long-term ear-ringing. If you repeatedly expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you could be introducing stress to the tender areas of your ears.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the consequence when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of frequent exposure to intense noises.

Beyond the intermittent ringing in your ears, exposure to intense sounds over a prolonged period of time can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. It’s important to protect your hearing from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Tinnitus isn’t something you should disregard regardless of which one of these is the cause. It’s best to get your ears checked by a hearing specialist on a regular basis. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, especially if you think that your tinnitus is being triggered by a significant underlying medical issue.

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