“Why am I hearing a ringing noise in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
If you find yourself saying things like this, you might be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing problem that causes you to hear noises or experience a sound that other people can’t hear. You’re not alone. Millions of individuals have this condition.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the noises that most people describe.
Ringing in the ears may seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be disregarded. 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. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
Some studies demonstrate that 26% of people with tinnitus cope with that ringing on a nearly constant basis.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship problems are all possible outcomes of this ever present ringing.
Something as basic as listening to your daughter share a recipe over the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overshadows it. The constant ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a family member who asks you a question.
A vicious cycle can be the result 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 your tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life struggles, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s real, and it impacts your quality of life. There are treatment options that can significantly reduce or eliminate the noise in your ears.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Manifests After You Switch Medications
Whether you have persistent back pain or cancer, doctors might try numerous different medications to deal with the same condition. Some of these will have side effects so severe that you may want to ask about alternatives. Talk with your doctor and find out what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. Here are a few examples:
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Loop Diuretics
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
3. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This may be a sign that high blood pressure is causing your tinnitus. The blood flow in your inner ear is restricted when you suffer from hypertension. High blood pressure that goes unmanaged is also dangerous for your general health. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will worsen because of this.
4. You Only Hear it When Leaving a Gym, Concert, or Work
If you leave a noisy place like a bar, concert, factory, or fitness class, and you start to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe noise levels and that’s more than likely the cause of these noises. If you disregard this occasional tinnitus and don’t begin to protect your ears, it will most likely become constant over time. And it’s usually accompanied by hearing loss.
If you are going to be exposed to loud noise, use the following to protect your hearing:
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Using earplugs
- At least once every hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
If you work in a loud environment, follow work rules regarding earmuffs and earplugs. They’re designed to protect you, but they only work if you wear protective gear 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 come along with headaches, paralysis, 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? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this indicates you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This causes your ears to ears get a fluid imbalance. If left without treatment, it often gets worse and may increase your risks of significant falls caused by lack of balance.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So if you are experiencing it, you need to have your hearing examined more frequently. Give us a call to set up an appointment.