“What’s that ringing in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you might be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing problem where you hear noises or perceive a sound that other people can’t hear. You’re not by yourself. Tinnitus is a condition that impacts millions of individuals.
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 tinnitus shouldn’t always be ignored. Tinnitus symptoms can frequently be a sign of something more serious taking place in your body.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
Some studies demonstrate that 26% of tinnitus sufferers experience that ringing on an almost continuous basis.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship problems are all possible repercussions of this ever present ringing.
Something as basic as listening to your daughter share a recipe over the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overpowers it. The constant ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a family member who asks you a question.
Constant ringing can become a vicious cycle. As your stress level rises, the ringing gets louder. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to deal with it. It’s real, and it affects your quality of life. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with obtainable treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Begins After You Switch Medications
Doctors might try several different medications to treat the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you may want to ask about alternatives. If your tinnitus started or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. Here are a few examples:
- 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.
- Loop Diuretics
3. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This often means that your tinnitus symptoms are being triggered by high blood pressure. The blood flow in your inner ear is compromised when you have hypertension. High blood pressure that goes unmanaged is also dangerous for your general health. Age related hearing loss, over time, will get worse because of this.
4. You Only Hear it After You Leave a Concert, Gym, or Work
If you leave a noisy place such as a bar, concert, factory, or fitness class, and you start to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe levels of noise and that’s most likely the cause of these noises. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more frequently you disregard them and neglect using ear protection. And it’s commonly accompanied by hearing loss.
If you love a noisy night out, take precautions like:
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
- At least once every hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Using earplugs
Adhere to the rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a loud environment. They’re made to protect you, but they only work if you use protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never dismiss 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 tested for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. If left without treatment, it frequently gets worse and may increase your risks of serious falls caused by lack of balance.
Tinnitus is frequently a sign of hearing loss. So if you are experiencing it, you need to have your hearing checked more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.