“Why am I hearing a ringing noise in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
You might be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing affliction that manifests noises in your ears that nobody else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of statements. This is more common than you might think. Millions of people have this disorder.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a dial tone, pulsing noise, buzzing, or whistling.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its severity. But there are definitely times when you shouldn’t disregard it. Something more serious might be the underlying cause of these sounds.
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 tinnitus sufferers cope with that ringing on a nearly constant basis.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues are all possible consequences of this ever present ringing.
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 nonstop ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a family member who simply asks you a question.
Constant ringing can cause a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level goes up. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If your tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life struggles, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s real, and it affects your quality of life. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with obtainable treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Begins After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try various different medications to manage the same condition whether you have cancer or chronic pain. You may ask for an alternative if you start to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus started or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.
Tinnitus may be caused by some common medications. These include some kinds of:
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Loop Diuretics
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
3. It Comes With Headache, Blurred Vision, or Seizures
This normally means that your tinnitus symptoms are being caused by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the blood circulation to your inner ear is restricted. Your overall health is also at risk with high blood pressure. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will get worse because of this.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you only hear the tinnitus when you leave a loud setting like 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 it’s usually accompanied by hearing loss.
If you enjoy a loud night out, take precautions such as:
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
- Wearing earplugs
- Giving your ears a regular break by going outside or into the restroom, if possible, at least once every hour
If you work in a loud place, adhere to work rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs. Your safety gear will only successfully protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t disregard facial paralysis irrespective of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when you have nausea, paralysis, headaches, and you also have tinnitus, it’s possible that you may have an acoustic neuroma (a slow growing benign brain tumor).
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 frequently gets worse and might increase your risks of serious falls due to lack of balance.
Tinnitus is frequently a sign of hearing loss. So you should have your hearing tested if you’re experiencing it. Give us a call to set up an appointment.