“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “How can I make that sound go away?”
You could be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing condition that manifests sounds in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of statements. This is more common than you may think. Tinnitus is a disorder that impacts millions of individuals.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the noises that the majority of people describe.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But there are definitely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Something more significant might be the underlying cause of these sounds.
You need to take the following 6 symptoms 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 continuously, according to some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues are all possible repercussions of this ever present ringing.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus sound and something as basic as attempting to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. The nonstop ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a member of the family who asks you a question.
A vicious cycle can be the result of this continuous ringing. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is causing these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with available treatment choices.
2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Began to Ring
Doctors may try numerous different medications to manage the same ailment whether you have chronic pain or cancer. Some of these will have side effects so severe that you may want to ask about alternate options. Talk with your doctor and learn what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. 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. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is creating your tinnitus. When you have hypertension, the flow of blood to your inner ear is compromised. Your overall health is also at risk with high blood pressure. Over time, it may cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you leave a noisy place such as a factory, bar, concert, or fitness class, and you begin to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe noise levels and that’s most likely the cause of these noises. If you disregard this episodic tinnitus and don’t start to safeguard your ears, it will likely become constant over time. And it’s frequently accompanied by hearing loss.
If you are going to be exposed to loud noise, use the following to safeguard your hearing:
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Wearing earplugs
- At least once an 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 loud setting. Your safety gear will only successfully protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t dismiss 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 might 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 get worse, then get better, then worse again? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this suggests you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This causes your ears to ears get a fluid imbalance. If left without treatment, it often gets worse and may increase your risks of significant falls due to lack of balance.
Hearing loss is often signaled by tinnitus. So if you are experiencing it, you need to get your hearing checked more frequently. Give us a call to set up an appointment.