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

As you probably appreciate, extended periods of stress aren’t good for the body. Stress can cause extreme muscle aches and headaches. But tinnitus, a buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

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

How to Recognize Unhealthy Stress

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to take for granted how serious the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Neglecting stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

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

There is a difference, however, between healthy, temporary stress and unhealthy, harmful stress. Healthy stress helps you accomplish a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Normally, an irrational fear is the source of unhealthy stress. When an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the result is frequently unhealthy stress.

Unhealthy stress relates to our “fight or flight” response, a normal reaction that helps keep us safe in hazardous conditions. When an individual remains in a hyper-stressful condition for an extended period of time, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Unhealthy stress is frequently the result of worrying. We may exaggerate the significance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We might tell ourselves we ruined a chance at a promotion because of something we said. Unreasonable worrying can produce intrusive, seemingly uncontrollable thoughts.

Intrusive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We might believe that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our day-to-day schedule. We may obsess, talk to ourselves, or even panic. Inevitably, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take measures to curb these thoughts.

Normally, unhealthy stress impacts the upper part of the body by causing pain and muscle tension. The head, neck shoulders, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Anger And Jaw Tension

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

Sustained tension can put pressure on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Ringing in the ears can be the consequence.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

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

Sinus infections cause headaches, sinus pressure, and ear pressure. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the outcome.

When you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. This can generate excess earwax, which leads to clogged ears and intense pressure on the eardrums. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

You may not need to go to a hearing specialist if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may clear up on their own. If the ringing continues for more than a few days, however, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing professional.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

Lasting ringing in the ears will probably not happen due to the occasional concert. However, you could be putting stress on the delicate parts of your ear if you regularly expose yourself to intense sound.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the outcome when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of frequent exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the outcome of repeated exposure to loud sounds. It’s crucial to safeguard your ears from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Protecting Your Ears

Tinnitus is not something you should dismiss regardless of which one of these is causing it. It’s best to have your ears checked by a hearing professional on a regular basis. If you think the ringing in your ears has a significant hidden medical cause, you should get them checked for your peace of mind.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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