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. When you are dealing with acute stress, everything from headaches to extreme muscle aches can be the result. But did you know stress can also lead to tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be brought about by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other factors. Let’s have a look at several potential causes of that aggravating ringing in your ears.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Recognize it

You may be wondering how stress lends 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 accomplishing demanding tasks. If you’re dealing with a deadline and have to focus on accomplishing a project, stress can be an ally by providing the boost of energy necessary to get the job done.

There is a difference, though, between healthy, short-term stress and unhealthy, destructive stress. Healthy stress helps you reach a goal without damaging your body. Unhealthy stress is hazardous for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, more often than not, never in fact happens. When someone remains in a heightened state of anxiety, the outcome is often unhealthy stress.

In hazardous conditions, the fight or flight response is a natural reaction but it also is associates with unhealthy stress. Harmful physical symptoms occur when somebody remains in a hyper-stressful situation for extended periods.


Worrying is an extremely common cause of unhealthy stress. We may exaggerate the significance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We may convince ourselves we ruined a chance at a promotion because of something we said. Too much worrying can lead to invasive, apparently unmanageable thoughts.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We may worry about what we couldn’t get completed today and stress over what we need to do tomorrow. We might obsess, lecture ourselves, or even have panic attacks. Inevitably, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t do something to curtail these thoughts.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are common effects of unhealthy stress. Impacted areas might include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever heard someone describe their anger as jaw clenching? Jaw tension is a prevalent symptom of stress, anger, worry, and intrusive thoughts.

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

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

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

Sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears are common symptoms of a sinus infection. These problems can produce buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears.

A stuffy nose frequently spreads to the ears during a sinus infection. Blockage in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the accumulated earwax this produces. Pressure on the fragile bones of the inner ear can lead to tinnitus symptoms.

You may not need to see a hearing specialist if the ringing is the result of a sinus infection, as the symptoms may improve naturally. But you should definitely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

Lasting ringing in the ears will probably not occur as a result of the occasional concert. If you routinely expose your ears to very loud sounds, however, you could be introducing stress to the tender parts of your ears.

When you expose your ears to intense noises regularly, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are strained, which can produce ringing, buzzing, or clicking.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the result of continued exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a sensible volume and using ear protection when necessary is indispensable for hearing health.

Protecting Your Hearing

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus is nothing to ignore. Having your hearing tested by a hearing specialist frequently is your best bet. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious hidden medical cause, you should have them examined for your peace of mind.

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