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

It’s common knowledge that stress, especially for extended stretches, can be very harmful for your body. Stress can cause serious muscle aches and headaches. But did you realize stress can also trigger tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Tinnitus can be brought about by numerous different health factors, such as stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s have a look at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Recognize it

You may be asking yourself how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to take for granted how serious the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Disregarding stress is a bad idea.

Healthy Stress

Stress that lasts a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually be helpful in accomplishing demanding tasks. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But short term, healthy stress and long term, unhealthy stress are two very different things. Healthy stress helps you accomplish a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, more often than not, never in fact happens. Unhealthy stress is produced when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

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


Unhealthy stress is often caused by worrying. The importance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We might convince ourselves we ruined a chance at a promotion because of something we said. When you worry in this way your invasive thoughts can really run away from you.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We might think that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our everyday tasks. Fixation, perpetual internal dialog, and even panic are a typical part of this type of stress. If we don’t take some positive steps to manage this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are normal effects of unhealthy stress. Affected areas might include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever read a book where the author portrays a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, anger, worry, and intrusive thoughts often come with jaw strain.

Continuous strain can put pressure on the delicate bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Eventually, this strain can lead to ringing in your ears.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

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

Headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears are common symptoms of a sinus infection. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the result.

Nasal congestion frequently spreads to the ears when you have a sinus infection. This can produce accumulated earwax, which causes clogged ears and extreme pressure on the eardrums. Pressure on the tiny bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

If the ringing is triggered by a sinus infection it will most likely improve by itself and you won’t have to consult a hearing specialist. But you should definitely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing lasts for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

Lasting ringing in the ears will probably not occur due to the occasional concert. If you regularly expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you may be introducing stress to the tender areas of your ears.

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of repeated exposure to intense noises.

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

Safeguarding Your Ears

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. It’s best to have your ears examined by a hearing professional regularly. If you think the ringing in your ears has a significant underlying medical cause, you should have them examined for your peace of mind.

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