“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you could have tinnitus, a common hearing issue that causes you to hear noises or perceive a sound that other people can’t hear. This is more common than you may think. Tinnitus is a condition that affects millions of people.
Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the noises that the majority of people describe.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be neglected. Tinnitus symptoms can often be a sign of something more significant going on in your body.
Here are 6 tinnitus symptoms you should take seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
26% of individuals who suffer from tinnitus cope with symptoms constantly, according to some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship troubles are all possible outcomes of this ever present ringing.
Something as easy as listening to your daughter share a recipe on the phone becomes a struggle between her voice and the noise that overshadows it. You may snap at your grandson, who simply asks a question, because the ringing stresses you out.
A vicious cycle can be the outcome of this constant ringing. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. Loud noise makes you more nervous and so on.
If your tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life challenges, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with obtainable treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Begins After You Change Medications
Doctors may try several different medications to treat the same condition whether you have cancer or chronic pain. Some of these will have side effects so severe that you may want to ask about alternate options. Consult with 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:
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Loop Diuretics
3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is creating your tinnitus. The blood circulation in your inner ear is compromised when you have hypertension. Your general health is also at risk with high blood pressure. As time passes, it may cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Only Hear it After You Leave a Concert, Gym, or Work
If you only hear the tinnitus when you leave a loud place such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you just left had noise levels above safe levels. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more frequently you ignore them and skip using ear protection. And hearing loss will probably accompany it.
If you are going to be exposed to loud sound, use the following to safeguard your hearing:
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Wearing earplugs
- At least once every hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
Follow the rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a noisy environment. They’re designed 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 you have paralysis, nausea, 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 suggests you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. Your risk of falling due to lack of balance will get worse if this condition is left untreated.
Hearing loss is frequently signaled by tinnitus. So you should get your hearing checked if you’re experiencing it. Call us to set up an appointment.