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It’s well known that stress, especially for prolonged amounts of time, can be very hazardous for your body. When you are dealing with acute stress, everything from headaches to extreme muscle aches can be the result. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

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

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You may be wondering how stress lends to tinnitus. We generally don’t think about the negative influence stress can have on our bodies or how it can cause frustrating, painful, or even serious medical conditions. Stress isn’t something you should neglect.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually be helpful in accomplishing demanding tasks. If you’re dealing with a deadline and have to focus on finishing a project, stress can be an ally by giving the boost of energy necessary to get the job done.

There is a difference, however, between healthy, temporary stress and unhealthy, harmful stress. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Normally, an irrational fear is the trigger of unhealthy stress. When a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the consequence is usually unhealthy stress.

In dangerous conditions, the fight or flight response is a normal reaction but it also relates to unhealthy stress. When an individual remains in a hyper-stressful state for a long period of time, it can result in harmful physical symptoms.

Worrying

Worrying is an extremely universal cause of unhealthy stress. We may exaggerate the importance of a situation or a relationship with another person. We might have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to spoil our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Intrusive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We may think that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our daily schedule. We may obsess, talk to ourselves, or even have panic attacks. If we don’t take some positive actions to manage this stress it will continue to wear down our body.

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 impacted.

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the writer describes a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts frequently come with jaw tension.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by sustained tension. Ringing in the ears can be the result.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

Sinus infections cause many undesirable symptoms, from a stuffy nose to a soar throat.

Sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. These problems can lead to ringing, buzzing, and clicking in the ears.

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

You might not need to see a hearing professional if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms could clear up on their own. But you should certainly schedule an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music show is probably not going to cause long-term ear-ringing. However, you might be putting stress on the sensitive parts of your ear if you routinely expose yourself to intense sound.

When you expose your ears to loud noises regularly, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are put under a great deal of strain, which can produce ringing, buzzing, or clicking.

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the outcome of repeated exposure to loud noises. It’s essential to protect your hearing from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Tinnitus is not something you should ignore whichever one of these is the cause. Getting your hearing checked by a hearing professional regularly is the smartest thing you can do. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious hidden medical cause, you should get them checked for your peace of mind.

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