“What’s that ringing in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
You might be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing disorder that manifests sounds in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of remarks. You’re not alone. Millions of individuals have this condition.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a pulsing noise, a dial tone, buzzing, or whistling.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But there are absolutely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Something more significant may be the root cause of these sounds.
You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
26% of people who suffer from tinnitus experience symptoms constantly, according to some studies.
This frustrating, ever-present noise can bring about all kinds of relationship problems, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus noise and something as simple as trying 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 simply asks you a question.
Constant ringing can cause a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. And you get more anxious 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. There are treatment options that can significantly reduce or get rid of the noise in your ears.
2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Started to Ring
Whether you have chronic back pain or cancer, doctors might try several different medications to manage the same ailment. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you may want to ask about alternate options. Consult with your doctor and find out what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Some common medications may 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. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This often indicates that your tinnitus symptoms are being triggered by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the blood circulation to your inner ear is restricted. Unregulated high blood pressure is also dangerous for your overall health. Age related hearing loss, over time, will get worse because of this.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you only hear the tinnitus after you leave a loud setting such as a concert, aerobics class, factory, or bar, then the place you just left had unsafe levels of noise. If you ignore this episodic tinnitus and don’t begin to protect your ears, it will most likely become permanent over time. And it’s commonly accompanied by hearing loss.
If you enjoy a loud night out, take precautions like:
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
- At least once every hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
- Wearing earplugs
Adhere to the rules regarding earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a noisy setting. 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 nausea, paralysis, headaches, and you also have tinnitus, it’s possible that you may have an acoustic neuroma (a slow growing benign brain tumor).
6. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Do you experience hearing loss that seems to worsen, then get better, then worse again? Are you sometimes dizzy? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be evaluated for Meniere’s disease. This produces a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left without treatment, it frequently gets worse and may increase your risks of significant falls caused by lack of balance.
Hearing loss is frequently signaled by tinnitus. So if you’re experiencing it, you should have your hearing examined more frequently. Contact us to set up an appointment.