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

As you most likely recognize, sustained periods of stress are not healthy for the body. Stress can produce severe muscle aches and headaches. But did you know stress can also result in tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Tinnitus can be caused by many different health factors, such as stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s have a peak at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You might be asking yourself how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to ignore how extreme the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Ignoring stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

Temporary stress can actually be a very motivating factor when it comes to completing tasks. If you’re dealing with a deadline and have to focus on finishing a project, stress can be an ally by providing the boost of energy needed to finish the job.

But temporary, healthy stress and long term, harmful stress are two very different things. The ability to complete goals can be helped by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Usually, an irrational fear is the source of unhealthy stress. Unhealthy stress is created when a person remains in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

Unhealthy stress relates to our “fight or flight” response, a natural reaction that helps keep us protected in dangerous situations. When someone stays in a hyper-stressful condition for an extended period, it can result in harmful physical symptoms.


Worrying is a really universal cause of unhealthy stress. The importance of a relationship or situation can often be exaggerated. We may convince ourselves we ruined a chance at a promotion because of something we said. When you worry in this way your intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We may worry about what we couldn’t accomplish today and fret over what we have to do tomorrow. Fixation, endless internal dialog, and even panic are a typical part of this kind of stress. Eventually, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies unless we take measures to curtail these thoughts.

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

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the writer talks about a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts often come with jaw strain.

Sustained tension can put pressure on the fragile bones of the eardrum and inner ear. Ringing in the ears can be the result.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections bring about lots of undesired symptoms.

Sinus infections cause headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears. These issues can trigger buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears.

If you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion frequently spreads to your ears. Clogging in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this creates. Pressure on the fragile bones of the inner ear can cause tinnitus symptoms.

You may not need to go to a hearing specialist if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may clear up naturally. If the ringing continues for more than a few days, however, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing professional.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

The occasional music show probably won’t cause lasting ear-ringing. If you routinely expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you could be putting stress on the tender areas of your ears.

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the incredible strain of continual exposure to loud noises.

Beyond the occasional ringing in your ears, exposure to intense sounds over a prolonged period can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. Listening to music at a reasonable volume and using ear protection when necessary is essential for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. Getting your hearing examined by a hearing specialist regularly is your best bet. For your peace of mind, you should get examined, particularly if you think that your tinnitus is being caused by a significant underlying medical problem.

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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.
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