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

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

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be caused by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other variables. Let’s have a peak at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Recognize it

You may be wondering how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to neglect how extreme the medical consequence 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 play an important role in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

But temporary, healthy stress and long term, harmful stress are two completely different things. Healthy stress helps you complete a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is hazardous for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, in most cases, never actually occurs. Unhealthy stress is generated when a person remains in a heightened state of anxiety for a long period of time.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us protected in dangerous conditions. Harmful physical symptoms happen when someone stays in a hyper-stressful situation for extended periods.


Unhealthy stress is frequently caused by worrying. We may exaggerate the significance of a situation or an interaction with other people. We might have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to hurt our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Intrusive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We may worry about what we failed to accomplish today and worry over what we have to do tomorrow. Fixation, unending internal dialog, and even panic are a common part of this type of stress. If we don’t take a few positive measures to deal with this stress it will continue to wear down our body.

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

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever heard someone express their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts often come with jaw tension.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by sustained tension. Ringing in the ears can be the consequence.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

Sinus infections cause lots of unfavorable symptoms, from a soar throat to a stuffy nose.

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

Nasal congestion often spreads to the ears during a sinus infection. Blockage in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the accumulated earwax this creates. Pressure on the little bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

If the ringing is brought on by a sinus infection it will probably improve by itself and you won’t have to see a hearing specialist. But you should certainly make an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music show is probably not going to cause lasting ear-ringing. If you regularly expose your ears to very loud sounds, however, you might be introducing stress to the tender areas of your ears.

When you expose your ears to intense noises on a regular basis, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are strained, which can produce buzzing, ringing, or clicking.

Beyond the periodic ringing in your ears, exposure to loud sounds over a long period can lead to temporary or lasting hearing loss. Listening to music at a sensible volume and using ear protection when required is crucial for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus is nothing to ignore. It’s best to have your ears examined by a hearing specialist on a regular basis. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious underlying 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.