“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you might have tinnitus, a common hearing issue that causes you to hear noises or perceive a sound that others can’t hear. You’re not alone. Tinnitus is a condition that impacts millions of individuals.
Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the noises that the majority of people describe.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its severity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be neglected. Something more significant may be the underlying cause of these sounds.
Here are 6 tinnitus symptoms you need to take seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
Some research indicates that 26% of people with tinnitus experience that ringing on a nearly constant basis.
This irritating, ever-present noise can result in all kinds of relationship problems, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus noise and something as basic as trying to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. The constant ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a member of the family who simply asks you a question.
A vicious cycle can be the outcome of this constant ringing. As your stress level goes up, the ringing gets louder. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If your tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life challenges, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s real, and it impacts your quality of life. There are treatment choices that can considerably reduce or get rid of the noise in your ears.
2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Began to Ring
Doctors might try various different medications to manage the same condition whether you have chronic pain or cancer. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you may want to ask about alternatives. Contact your doctor and find out what the side effects are if you began experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Tinnitus may be caused by some common medications. 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. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This may be a sign that high blood pressure is contributing to your tinnitus. When you have hypertension, the flow of blood to your inner ear is restricted. Your overall health is also at risk with high blood pressure. Over time, it could cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you leave a noisy place such as a bar, concert, factory, or fitness class, and you start to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe noise levels and that’s more than likely the cause of these noises. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become irreversible the more often you disregard them and neglect using ear protection. And it’s usually accompanied by hearing loss.
If you are going to be exposed to loud noise, use the following to protect your hearing:
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
- At least once an hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Wearing earplugs
Follow the rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a loud setting. They’re made to protect you, but they only work if you wear protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never disregard facial paralysis. But when the tinnitus symptoms are accompanied by paralysis, headaches, and nausea, this might be a sign of a slow-growing benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
6. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Do you have hearing loss that seems to worsen, then get better, then worse again? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this suggests you need to be evaluated for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. Your risk of falling caused by lack of balance will worsen if this condition is left untreated.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So if you’re experiencing it, you should have your hearing examined more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.