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

As you most likely appreciate, sustained periods of stress are not healthy for the body. When you are afflicted by persistent stress, everything from severe muscle aches to headaches can be the result. But did you realize stress can also result in 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 variables. Let’s have a look at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You might be asking yourself how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to neglect how extreme the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Ignoring stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually be helpful in accomplishing demanding tasks. Stress can provide a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

But temporary, healthy stress and chronic, unhealthy stress are two very different things. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted 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 actually occurs. Unhealthy stress is produced when an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety for a long period of time.

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


Worrying is a really common cause of unhealthy stress. The importance of a relationship or situation can often be exaggerated. We might have ourselves convinced that we said or did something to hurt our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your invasive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We may believe that we are falling behind and failing to complete our daily schedule. We may obsess, talk to ourselves, or even have panic attacks. Ultimately, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take steps to curb these thoughts.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are common effects of unhealthy stress. The head, neck shoulders, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Jaw Tension And Anger

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

Sustained strain can put pressure on the fragile bones of the eardrum and inner ear. Ringing in the ears can be the result.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

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

Headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. These problems can trigger ringing, buzzing, and clicking in the ears.

When you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. Clogging in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the accumulated earwax this causes. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will probably go away by itself and you won’t need to see a hearing professional. But you should absolutely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music concert probably won’t cause long-term ear-ringing. If you routinely expose your ears to very loud sounds, however, you might 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 put under a great deal of strain, which can lead to ringing, buzzing, or clicking.

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

Safeguarding Your Ears

Tinnitus isn’t something you should ignore whichever one of these is the cause. It’s best to get your ears checked by a hearing specialist regularly. For your peace of mind, you should get examined, especially if you think that your tinnitus is being caused by a significant underlying medical issue.

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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.
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