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

It’s well known that stress, particularly for extended amounts of time, can be very hazardous for your body. Stress can cause significant muscle aches and headaches. But tinnitus, a buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be caused by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other factors. Let’s examine a few potential causes of that annoying ringing in your ears.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

How does stress relate to tinnitus? We typically don’t consider the negative effect stress can have on our bodies or how it can lead to troublesome, painful, or even serious medical problems. Stress isn’t something you should neglect.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually be helpful in getting necessary tasks completed. If you’re facing a deadline and have to focus on accomplishing a project, stress can be an ally by supplying the boost of energy needed to finish the job.

There is a difference, however, between healthy, short-term stress and unhealthy, damaging stress. 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 an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety for a long period of time.

In hazardous conditions, the fight or flight response is a natural reaction but it also is associates with unhealthy stress. Harmful physical symptoms occur when somebody remains in a hyper-stressful circumstance for prolonged periods.


Unhealthy stress is commonly caused by worrying. The importance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We may tell ourselves we destroyed 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 Invasive Thoughts

We may worry about what we couldn’t accomplish today and stress over what we need to get done tomorrow. Obsession, perpetual internal dialog, and even panic are a typical part of this type of stress. If we don’t take some positive steps to deal with this stress it will continue to wear down our body.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are normal effects of unhealthy stress. The head, neck shoulders, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the author describes a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, anger, worry, and intrusive thoughts commonly come with jaw strain.

Sustained strain can put pressure on the delicate bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Eventually, this strain can produce ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

Sinus infections cause lots of unwelcome symptoms, from a soar throat to a stuffy nose.

Sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the outcome.

Nasal congestion often spreads to the ears during the course of a sinus infection. Clogging in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the accumulated earwax this creates. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will probably improve by itself and you won’t need to see a hearing specialist. But you should definitely make an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The occasional music show is probably not going to cause lasting ear-ringing. If you regularly expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you may be introducing stress to the tender parts of your ears.

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

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even lasting hearing loss can be the outcome of continued exposure to loud sounds. It’s crucial to safeguard your ears from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Protecting Your Hearing

Tinnitus is not something you should disregard regardless of which one of these is the cause. It’s best to get your ears checked by a hearing specialist regularly. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious underlying medical cause, you should have them examined for your peace of mind.

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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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