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As you probably appreciate, extended periods of stress are not good for the body. Stress can cause extreme muscle aches and headaches. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be caused by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other variables. Let’s take a peak at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to neglect how serious the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Stress is not something you should ignore.

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 temporary, healthy stress and long term, harmful stress are two completely different things. The ability to complete goals can be helped by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, more often than not, never in fact occurs. Unhealthy stress is generated when a person remains in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

Unhealthy stress relates to our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us safe in hazardous conditions. Harmful physical symptoms occur when somebody stays in a hyper-stressful situation for prolonged periods.


Worrying is a very universal cause of unhealthy stress. We might exaggerate the importance of a situation or a relationship with another person. We may tell ourselves we wrecked a chance at a promotion because of something we said. Too much worrying can produce intrusive, seemingly uncontrollable thoughts.

Unhealthy Stress And Invasive Thoughts

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

Usually, unhealthy stress impacts the upper part of the body by producing pain and muscle tension. The shoulders, neck, head, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Anger And Jaw Tension

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

Continuous strain can put pressure on the fragile bones of the eardrum and inner ear. Over time, this strain can result in ringing in your ears.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

Sinus infections cause lots of unwelcome symptoms, from a soar throat to a stuffy nose.

Sinus infections generate headaches, sinus pressure, and ear pressure. These problems can trigger buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears.

Nasal congestion frequently spreads to the ears when you have a sinus infection. Blockage in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this produces. Pressure on the little bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

You might not need to visit a hearing specialist if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may improve by themselves. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

The occasional music concert is probably not going to cause lasting ear-ringing. However, you could be putting stress on the sensitive parts of your ear if you frequently expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

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

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even lasting hearing loss can be the consequence of repeated exposure to loud noises. Listening to music at a sensible volume and wearing ear protection when needed is crucial for hearing health.

Protecting Your Ears

Tinnitus isn’t something you should disregard whichever one of these is the cause. Getting your hearing tested by a hearing specialist regularly is your best bet. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, particularly if you think that your tinnitus is being triggered by a significant underlying medical problem.

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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.