“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
You could be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing condition that manifests noises in your ears that nobody else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of remarks. You’re not by yourself. Tinnitus is a disorder that impacts millions of people.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the sounds that the majority of people describe.
Depending on the severity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be ignored. Something more significant might be the root cause of these noises.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
Some research indicates that 26% of people with tinnitus cope with that ringing on a nearly constant basis.
This aggravating, ever-present noise can result in all kinds of relationship troubles, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.
Something as easy 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 outcome of this continuous ringing. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. Loud noise makes you more nervous and so on.
If your tinnitus is contributing to these kinds of life challenges, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s real, and it impacts your quality of life. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with available treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Starts After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try various different medications to manage the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. Some of these will have side effects so significant that you might want to ask about alternate options. Contact your doctor and determine what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Some common medications may cause tinnitus. These include some forms of:
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This normally indicates that your tinnitus symptoms are being caused by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the flow of blood to your inner ear is restricted. Unregulated high blood pressure is also a risk to your total health. Age related hearing loss, over time, will worsen because of this.
4. You Only Hear it When Leaving a Gym, Concert, or Work
If you only hear the tinnitus after you leave a loud setting such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you were just in had noise levels above safe levels. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become irreversible the more often you ignore them and neglect using ear protection. And hearing loss will usually accompany it.
If you are going to be exposed to loud noise, use the following to protect your hearing:
- At least once an hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Wearing earplugs
Follow the rules pertaining to earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a noisy setting. Your safety gear will only successfully protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t dismiss facial paralysis irrespective of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are accompanied by 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 causes a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left untreated, it frequently gets worse and may increase your risks of serious falls due to lack of balance.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So you should get your hearing checked if you’re experiencing it. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.