“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 may have tinnitus, a common hearing problem where you hear noises or perceive a sound that others don’t hear. You’re not alone. Tinnitus is a disorder that affects millions of people.
Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the sounds that the majority of people describe.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its severity. But there are definitely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Tinnitus symptoms can often be a sign of something more serious taking place in your body.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
26% of individuals who suffer from tinnitus cope with symptoms continuously, according to some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship problems are all possible consequences of this ever present ringing.
Something as easy as listening to your daughter share a recipe on the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overpowers it. You may snap at your grandson, who simply asks a question, because the ringing stresses you out.
A vicious cycle can be the result of this continuous 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 tinnitus is causing these types of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s real, and it affects your quality of life. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with available treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Manifests After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try numerous different medications to manage the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. You may ask for an alternative if you begin to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus began or got significantly worse after you started a new medication, check that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. These include some forms of:
- Loop Diuretics
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
3. It’s Accompanied by Headache, Blurred Vision, or Seizures
This normally indicates that your tinnitus symptoms are being triggered by high blood pressure. The blood circulation in your inner ear is restricted when you have hypertension. High blood pressure that goes unmanaged is also dangerous for your total 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 begin to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe levels of noise and that’s more than likely the cause of these noises. If you ignore this episodic tinnitus and don’t begin to protect your ears, it will likely become constant over time. And hearing loss will usually accompany it.
If you are going to be exposed to loud sound, use the following to protect your hearing:
- Giving your ears a periodic break by stepping into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once an hour
- Using earplugs
- Standing a little further away from loud speakers
If you work in a noisy environment, follow work rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs. They’re made to protect you, but they only work if you use protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t ignore facial paralysis regardless of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are come along with paralysis, headaches, and nausea, this may 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 means you need to be evaluated for Meniere’s disease. This produces a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left without treatment, it often gets worse and may increase your risks of serious falls due to lack of balance.
Hearing loss is frequently signaled by tinnitus. So you should have your hearing tested if you’re experiencing it. Give us a call to set up an appointment.