“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
You could be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing condition that manifests noises in your ears that nobody else can hear, if you find yourself making these kinds of statements. You’re not by yourself. Millions of individuals have this condition.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a dial tone, pulsing noise, whistling, or buzzing.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its severity. But there are definitely times when you shouldn’t disregard it. Something more serious might be the underlying cause of these sounds.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
Some studies indicate that 26% of people with tinnitus cope with that ringing on an almost continuous basis.
This aggravating, ever-present noise can result in all kinds of relationship issues, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus noise and something as simple as trying to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. You might snap at your grandchild, who simply asks a question, because the ringing makes you stressed.
Continuous ringing can become a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level goes up. And you get more anxious the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with obtainable treatment options.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Starts After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try several different medications to manage the same condition whether you have cancer or chronic pain. You might ask for an alternative if you begin to experience significant side effects. Consult with your doctor and determine what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. These include some kinds 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. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This may be a sign that high blood pressure is causing your tinnitus. The blood circulation in your inner ear is restricted when you suffer from hypertension. Your overall health is also at risk with high blood pressure. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will worsen because of this.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you leave a noisy place like a factory, bar, concert, or fitness class, and you start to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe noise levels and that’s most likely the cause of these noises. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become irreversible the more often you ignore them and skip using ear protection. And hearing loss will probably accompany it.
If you enjoy a loud night out, take precautions such as:
- At least once an hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Using earplugs
Adhere to the rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a loud 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 ignore facial paralysis. But when the tinnitus symptoms are accompanied by headaches, paralysis, 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
Are you experiencing hearing loss that comes and goes? Are you sometimes dizzy? If these symptoms are happening along with tinnitus, you may need to get evaluated for Menier’s disease. This causes your ears to ears get a fluid imbalance. Your risk of falling due to lack of balance will worsen if this disorder is left untreated.
Tinnitus is frequently a sign of hearing loss. So if you are experiencing it, you should have your hearing examined more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.