“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
You could be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing disorder that manifests noises in your ears that nobody else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of remarks. This is more common than you might think. Millions of people have this condition.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a dial tone, pulsing noise, buzzing, or whistling.
Depending on the severity, ringing in the ears may seem harmless. But there are absolutely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Tinnitus symptoms can frequently be a sign of something more serious happening in your body.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
26% of people who suffer from tinnitus experience symptoms continuously, according to some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship problems are all possible consequences of this ever present ringing.
It can be a battle between the tinnitus noise and something as simple as trying to hear your friend tell you a recipe over the phone. You may snap at your grandson, who simply asks a question, because the ringing makes you stressed.
A vicious cycle can be the outcome of this continuous ringing. As your stress level rises, the ringing gets louder. And you get more anxious the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is contributing to these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. There are treatment choices that can significantly reduce or get rid of the noise in your ears.
2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Started to Ring
Doctors might try various different medications to treat the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. You might ask for an alternative if you start to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus began or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. Here are a few examples:
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
3. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is triggering your tinnitus. The blood circulation in your inner ear is compromised when you suffer from hypertension. Unregulated high blood pressure is also a risk to your total health. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will get worse because of this.
4. You Only Hear it After You Leave a Concert, Gym, or Work
If you only hear the tinnitus after you leave a loud place such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you just left had unsafe levels of noise. If you ignore this episodic tinnitus and don’t start to protect your ears, it will most likely become permanent over time. And it’s usually accompanied by hearing loss.
If you’re going to be exposed to loud noise, use the following to safeguard your hearing:
- Wearing earplugs
- At least once an hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Not standing too close to the speakers
If you work in a loud environment, follow work rules pertaining to earplugs and earmuffs. Your safety gear will only effectively protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t disregard facial paralysis regardless of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are come along with headaches, paralysis, and nausea, this may be a sign of a slow-growing benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
6. Fluctuating Hearing Loss is Accompanying Tinnitus
Do you have hearing loss that seems to worsen, then get better, then worse again? Are you sometimes dizzy? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be evaluated for Meniere’s disease. This causes a fluid imbalance in your ears. Your risk of falling caused by lack of balance will worsen if this disorder is left untreated.
Hearing loss is often signaled by tinnitus. So if you are experiencing it, you should get your hearing examined more frequently. Contact us to set up an appointment.