Woman with tinnitus and ringing in her ears getting a headache.

As you most likely know, sustained periods of stress aren’t good for the body. When you are afflicted by acute stress, everything from serious muscle aches to headaches can be the result. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Tinnitus can be caused by numerous different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s take a look at some potential factors.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Recognize it

How does stress relate to tinnitus? We generally don’t consider the negative influence stress can have on our bodies or how it can result in troublesome, painful, or even serious medical problems. Stress is not something you should disregard.

Healthy Stress

Short term stress can actually be a very motivating factor with regards to completing duties. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to complete tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But temporary, healthy stress and long term, unhealthy stress are two completely different things. Healthy stress helps you complete a goal without damaging your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Normally, an irrational fear is the source of unhealthy stress. Unhealthy stress is produced when a person remains in a heightened state of anxiety for a long period of time.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us protected in hazardous situations. Harmful physical symptoms happen when somebody stays in a hyper-stressful circumstance for extended periods.


Unhealthy stress is often caused by worrying. We might exaggerate the significance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We may have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to hurt our chances at a promotion. Too much worrying can produce invasive, seemingly uncontrollable thoughts.

Unhealthy Stress And Invasive Thoughts

We might think that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our daily schedule. We might obsess, talk to ourselves, or even have panic attacks. Inevitably, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take steps to curtail these thoughts.

Usually, unhealthy stress affects the upper part of the body by producing muscle tension and pain. Affected areas may include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

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

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the eardrum and inner ear by sustained tension. Eventually, this strain can lead to ringing in your ears.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections bring about lots of undesired symptoms.

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

If you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion frequently spreads to your ears. This can create excessive earwax, which leads to clogged ears and severe pressure on the eardrums. Pressure on the tiny bones of the inner ear can lead to tinnitus symptoms.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will probably clear up on its own and you won’t have to consult a hearing professional. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

Long-term ringing in the ears will probably not occur as a result of the occasional concert. If you routinely expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you may be putting stress on the tender areas 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.

Beyond the periodic ringing in your ears, exposure to intense sounds over a long period of time can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. It’s important to protect your hearing from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Protecting Your Ears

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. Having your hearing examined by a hearing specialist regularly is your best bet. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious hidden medical cause, you should get them examined for your peace of mind.

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