Where's That Frustrating Noise in my Ears Coming From?


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

As you probably recognize, extended periods of stress are not good for the body. Stress can produce significant muscle pain and headaches. But did you realize stress can also lead to tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Tinnitus can be caused by many different health factors, such as stress, sinus infections, or loud sounds. Let’s have a look at several potential causes of that irritating noise in your ears.

How to Distinguish Unhealthy Stress

How does stress relate to tinnitus? We generally don’t consider the negative effect stress can have on our bodies or how it can cause troublesome, painful, or even serious medical problems. Ignoring stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

Stress that lasts a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually play an important role in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can supply a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

But short term, healthy stress and long term, harmful stress are two completely different things. Healthy stress helps you reach a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is hazardous for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, in most cases, never actually happens. Unhealthy stress is generated when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us safe in hazardous situations. Harmful physical symptoms occur when somebody remains in a hyper-stressful circumstance for prolonged periods.


Worrying is a very universal cause of unhealthy stress. The importance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We may have ourselves convinced that we said or did something to hurt our chances at a promotion. When you worry like this your intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We might worry about what we didn’t accomplish today and worry over what we need to do tomorrow. We may obsess, lecture ourselves, or even have panic attacks. If we don’t take a few positive actions to deal with this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

Typically, unhealthy stress impacts the upper part of the body by causing muscle tension and pain. Impacted areas might include the jaw, neck, head, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever heard someone express their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts frequently come with jaw tension.

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

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

Sinus infections bring many unwelcome symptoms, from a stuffy nose to a soar throat.

Sinus infections produce headaches, sinus pressure, and ear pressure. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the outcome.

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

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will most likely go away on its own and you won’t have to see a hearing professional. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

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

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the outcome when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of continual exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the consequence of continued exposure to loud noises. It’s crucial to protect your ears from the elements and listen to music at a sensible volume level.

Safeguarding Your Ears

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus is nothing to ignore. Getting your hearing examined by a hearing professional regularly is your best bet. If you think the ringing in your ears has a serious underlying medical cause, you should get them examined for your peace of mind.

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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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