“Why am I hearing a ringing noise in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you might be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing condition where you hear noises or perceive a sound that others can’t hear. This is more common than you might think. Tinnitus is a disorder that affects millions of individuals.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the sounds that most people describe.
Ringing in the ears may seem harmless, depending on its severity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be neglected. Something more serious may be the root cause of these noises.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
26% of people who suffer from tinnitus experience symptoms continuously, based on some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship troubles are all possible repercussions of this ever present ringing.
Something as simple as listening to your daughter share a recipe on the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overshadows it. You may snap at your grandson, who asks a simple question, because the ringing stresses you out.
Constant ringing can become a vicious cycle. As your stress level goes up, the ringing gets louder. And you get more anxious the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is causing these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to deal with it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with available treatment choices.
2. After You Changed Medications, Your Ears Started to Ring
Doctors might try various different medications to manage the same condition whether you have cancer or chronic pain. Some of these will have side effects so severe that you might want to ask about alternate options. Consult with your doctor and determine what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. Here are a few examples:
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is creating your tinnitus. The blood circulation in your inner ear is restricted when you suffer from hypertension. Your general health is also in danger with high blood pressure. Over time, it could cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Only Hear it When Leaving a Gym, Concert, or Work
If you leave a noisy place like a factory, bar, concert, or fitness class, and you start to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe levels of noise and that’s most likely the cause of these noises. If you neglect this episodic tinnitus and don’t begin to protect your ears, it will most likely become permanent over time. And it’s frequently accompanied by hearing loss.
If you enjoy a noisy night out, take precautions like:
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
- At least once an hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Wearing earplugs
Follow the rules regarding earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a loud environment. They’re designed to protect you, but they only work if you use protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never disregard facial paralysis. But when you have paralysis, nausea, 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
Do you have hearing loss that seems to get worse, then get better, then worse again? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be evaluated for Meniere’s disease. This leads to a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left without treatment, it often gets worse and might increase your risks of serious falls due to lack of balance.
Hearing loss is often signaled by tinnitus. So if you’re experiencing it, you need to get your hearing checked more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.