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As you probably appreciate, prolonged periods of stress aren’t good for the body. Stress can produce serious muscle pain and headaches. But did you recognize stress can also lead to tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Tinnitus can be brought about by many different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud sounds. Let’s take a peak at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to neglect how serious the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Stress isn’t something you should neglect.

Healthy Stress

Temporary stress can actually be a really motivating factor when it comes to completing duties. Stress can provide a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

There is a difference, however, between healthy, temporary 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 trigger of unhealthy stress. Unhealthy stress is produced when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a normal reaction that helps keep us protected in hazardous conditions. Harmful physical symptoms occur when somebody stays in a hyper-stressful situation for prolonged periods.


Worrying is a very universal cause of unhealthy stress. We may exaggerate the importance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We may have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to spoil our chances at a promotion. When you worry like this your invasive thoughts can really get away from you.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We might worry about what we couldn’t accomplish today and fret over what we need to do tomorrow. Obsession, endless internal dialog, and even panic attacks are a typical part of this type of stress. Ultimately, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t do something to curb these thoughts.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are normal effects of unhealthy stress. Impacted areas could include the jaw, neck, head, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever heard someone describe their anger as jaw clenching? Jaw tension is a prevalent symptom of stress, worry, anger, and invasive thoughts.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the eardrum and inner ear by continuous tension. Over time, this strain can cause ringing in your ears.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections bring about lots of undesired symptoms.

Sinus infections cause headaches, sinus pressure, and ear pressure. These problems can trigger ringing, buzzing, and clicking in the ears.

When you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion frequently spreads to your ears. Clogging in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the excessive earwax this creates. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will most likely improve on its own and you won’t need to see a hearing professional. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing lasts for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

Long-term ringing in the ears will most likely not occur as a result of the occasional concert. However, you could be putting stress on the delicate parts of your ear if you frequently expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the consequence when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the incredible strain of frequent exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even lasting hearing loss can be the result of repeated exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a sensible volume and using ear protection when needed is essential for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Ears

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus is nothing to ignore. It’s best to have your ears checked by a hearing professional regularly. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, especially if you suspect that your tinnitus is being triggered by a significant underlying medical problem.

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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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