“What’s that ringing in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”
You might be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing condition that manifests sounds 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.
Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the noises that most 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 root cause of these noises.
You need to take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
Some research suggests that 26% of people with tinnitus experience that ringing on an almost continuous basis.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship problems are all possible outcomes of this ever present ringing.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus sound and something as simple as attempting to hear your friend tell you a recipe over the phone. You might snap at your grandson, who asks a simple question, because the ringing stresses you out.
Continuous ringing can cause a vicious cycle. As your stress level goes up, the ringing gets louder. And you get more anxious the louder the noise is and on and on.
If your tinnitus is contributing to these types of life struggles, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s real, and it affects your quality of life. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with available treatment options.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Starts After You Switch Medications
Whether you have persistent back pain or cancer, doctors might try several different medications to treat the same condition. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you may want to ask about alternatives. Contact your doctor and learn what the side effects are if you began experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. Here are a few examples:
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Loop Diuretics
3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This often indicates that your tinnitus symptoms are being caused by high blood pressure. The blood circulation in your inner ear is restricted when you have hypertension. Your general health is also in danger with high blood pressure. Over time, it could cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Only Hear it When Leaving a Concert, Gym, or Work
If you leave a noisy place like a bar, concert, factory, 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. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more often you disregard them and skip using ear protection. And hearing loss will probably accompany it.
If you love a noisy night out, take precautions such as:
- Giving your ears a regular break by stepping outside or into the restroom, if possible, at least once every hour
- Standing a little further away from loud speakers
- Wearing earplugs
If you work in a loud place, follow work rules pertaining to earmuffs and earplugs. Your safety gear will only effectively protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never ignore 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? Are you sometimes dizzy? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be tested for Meniere’s disease. This leads to a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left untreated, it often gets worse and may increase your risks of significant falls due to lack of balance.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So you should get your hearing examined if you’re experiencing it. Give us a call to make an appointment.