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

It’s common knowledge that stress, particularly for extended periods, can be extremely hazardous to the body. Stress can cause serious muscle pain and headaches. But tinnitus, a buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Tinnitus can be triggered by many different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s have a look at some potential factors.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to neglect how extreme the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Disregarding stress is a bad idea.

Healthy Stress

Stress that lasts a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually be helpful in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can provide a boost of energy and adrenalin to complete tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

But temporary, healthy stress and chronic, harmful stress are two completely different things. The ability to complete goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Often, an irrational fear is the cause of unhealthy stress. When someone stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the consequence is often unhealthy stress.

Unhealthy stress relates to our “fight or flight” response, a normal reaction that helps keep us protected in hazardous situations. When someone remains in a hyper-stressful state for an extended period of time, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Worrying is a very common cause of unhealthy stress. The importance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We might have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to hurt our chances at a promotion. When you worry like this your invasive thoughts can really run away from you.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We may think that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our daily tasks. Obsession, unending internal dialog, and even panic are a common part of this kind of stress. If we don’t take a few positive measures to deal with this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

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

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the author talks about a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Jaw strain is a common symptom of stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts.

Continuous strain can put pressure on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Ringing in the ears can be the result.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

Sinus infections bring many unfavorable symptoms, from a stuffy nose to a soar throat.

Sinus infections produce sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears. A ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the outcome.

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

You may not need to see a hearing professional if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may improve on their own. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

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

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the outcome when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of repeated exposure to loud noises.

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

Safeguarding Your Ears

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

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