“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “How can I make that sound go away?”
You could be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing affliction that manifests sounds in your ears that nobody else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of remarks. This is more common than you may think. Tinnitus is a disorder that impacts millions of people.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a pulsing noise, a dial tone, whistling, or buzzing.
Ringing in the ears may seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But there are definitely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Something more significant might be the root 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 individuals who have tinnitus experience symptoms continuously, according to some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues are all possible outcomes of this ever present ringing.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus sound and something as basic as attempting to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. You may snap at your grandchild, who asks a simple question, because the ringing makes you stressed.
Constant ringing can become a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level goes up. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.
If your tinnitus is contributing to these kinds of life challenges, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. There are treatment options that can considerably reduce or eliminate the noise in your ears.
2. After You Changed Medications, Your Ears Started to Ring
Whether you have persistent back pain or cancer, doctors may try numerous different medications to deal with the same ailment. You might ask for an alternative if you begin to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus began or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, check that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. These include some kinds 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. It Comes With Headache, Blurred Vision, or Seizures
This may be a sign that high blood pressure is causing your tinnitus. When you have hypertension, the blood flow to your inner ear is compromised. Your overall health is also in danger with high blood pressure. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will get worse because of this.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you leave a noisy place like a bar, concert, factory, or fitness class, and you begin to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe levels of noise and that’s most likely the cause of these noises. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more often you disregard them and skip using ear protection. And hearing loss will usually accompany it.
If you’re going to be exposed to loud sound, use the following to protect your hearing:
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Wearing earplugs
- Giving your ears a periodic break by going into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once an hour
Adhere to the rules regarding earmuffs and earplugs 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 dismiss facial paralysis. But when you have nausea, paralysis, headaches, and you also have tinnitus, it’s possible that you might have an acoustic neuroma (a slow growing benign brain tumor).
6. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Are you experiencing hearing loss that comes and goes? Are you sometimes dizzy? If these symptoms are happening along with tinnitus, you may need to get tested for Menier’s disease. This causes a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left without treatment, it often 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 examined if you’re experiencing it. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.