“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you may be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing issue that causes you to hear noises or perceive a sound that other people don’t hear. You’re not alone. Tinnitus is a disorder that impacts millions of people.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a dial tone, pulsing noise, buzzing, or whistling.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But there are absolutely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Tinnitus symptoms can frequently be a sign of something more significant happening in your body.
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.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues are all possible repercussions of this ever present ringing.
It can be a battle between the tinnitus sound and something as basic as trying to hear your friend tell you a recipe over the phone. You may snap at your grandson, who asks a simple question, because the ringing stresses you out.
A vicious cycle can be the outcome of this continuous ringing. The ringing gets louder as your stress level goes up. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.
If tinnitus is contributing to these types of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s real, and it impacts your quality of life. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with obtainable treatment options.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Manifests After You Change Medications
Whether you have chronic back pain or cancer, doctors may try several different medications to deal with the same ailment. You may ask for an alternative solution if you begin to experience severe side effects. If your tinnitus started or got significantly worse after you started a new medication, check that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. Here are a few examples:
- Loop Diuretics
- 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)
3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This often means 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, as time passes, will get worse because of this.
4. You Only Hear it After You Leave a Gym, Concert, or Work
If you only hear the tinnitus after you leave a loud place like a concert, aerobics class, factory, or bar, then the place you were just in had noise levels above safe levels. If you ignore this occasional tinnitus and don’t begin to protect your ears, it will likely become constant over time. And it’s commonly accompanied by hearing loss.
If you love a noisy night out, take precautions such as:
- Using earplugs
- Standing a little further away from loud speakers
- At least once every hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
Follow the rules pertaining to earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a noisy environment. They’re made to protect you, but they only work if you use protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t disregard facial paralysis irrespective of whether you have ringing in your ears. 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
Do you have hearing loss that seems to get worse, then get better, then worse again? Are you sometimes dizzy? If these symptoms are happening along with tinnitus, you may need to get evaluated for Menier’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. If left without treatment, it often gets worse and may increase your risks of significant falls caused by lack of balance.
Tinnitus is frequently a sign of hearing loss. So you should have your hearing tested if you’re experiencing it. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.