“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
If you find yourself saying things like this, you may have tinnitus, a common hearing condition that causes you to hear noises or experience a sound that others can’t hear. You’re not by yourself. Millions of individuals have this condition.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a pulsing noise, a dial tone, buzzing, or whistling.
Ringing in the ears may seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be neglected. Tinnitus symptoms can often be a sign of something more significant taking place in your body.
You need to take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
Some research indicates that 26% of tinnitus sufferers experience that ringing on an almost continuous basis.
This frustrating, ever-present noise can lead to all kinds of relationship issues, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.
It can be a battle between the tinnitus sound and something as simple as attempting 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 family member who simply asks you a question.
A vicious cycle can be the outcome of this constant ringing. As your stress level rises, the ringing gets louder. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is leading to these types of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with available treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Manifests After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try several different medications to manage the same ailment whether you have chronic pain or cancer. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you might want to ask about alternatives. If your tinnitus began or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. Here are a few examples:
- Loop Diuretics
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
3. It’s Accompanied by Headache, Blurred Vision, or Seizures
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is causing your tinnitus. When you have hypertension, the blood flow to your inner ear is restricted. Unregulated high blood pressure is also dangerous for your total health. As time passes, it may cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Only Hear it After You Leave a Gym, Concert, or Work
If you only hear the tinnitus after you leave a noisy setting such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you just left had noise levels above safe levels. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more frequently you ignore them and skip using ear protection. And it’s frequently accompanied by hearing loss.
If you love a noisy night out, take precautions like:
- At least once an hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Using earplugs
- Standing a little further away from loud speakers
Adhere to the rules pertaining to earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a loud environment. Your safety gear will only successfully protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t dismiss facial paralysis regardless of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are accompanied by paralysis, headaches, and nausea, this might be a sign of a slow-growing benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
6. Fluctuating Hearing Loss is Accompanying Tinnitus
Are you experiencing hearing loss that comes and goes? Are you sometimes dizzy? If these symptoms are taking place along with tinnitus, you may need to get evaluated for Menier’s disease. This produces a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left without treatment, it frequently gets worse and might increase your risks of significant falls caused by lack of balance.
Hearing loss is often signaled by tinnitus. So if you’re experiencing it, you need to get your hearing examined more frequently. Get in touch with us to make an appointment for a hearing test.