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

As you most likely appreciate, prolonged periods of stress aren’t good for the body. When you are dealing with acute stress, everything from headaches to extreme muscle aches can be the result. But did you realize stress can also bring about tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be caused by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other variables. Let’s have a peak at some potential causes.

How to Distinguish Unhealthy Stress

You may be wondering how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to neglect how extreme the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Neglecting stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

Short term stress can actually be a very motivating factor when it comes to completing tasks. Stress can supply a boost of energy and adrenalin to complete tasks and projects that really need to get done.

There is a difference, however, between healthy, temporary stress and unhealthy, destructive stress. Healthy stress helps you complete a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Normally, 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 natural reaction that helps keep us safe in dangerous conditions. When a person stays in a hyper-stressful state for a long period of time, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Unhealthy stress is often the result of worrying. 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 intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We may worry about what we couldn’t get completed today and fret over what we have to get done tomorrow. We might obsess, lecture ourselves, or even have panic attacks. If we don’t take a few positive steps to manage this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

Normally, unhealthy stress affects the upper part of the body by producing muscle tension and pain. Impacted areas might 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 inner ear and eardrum by continuous tension. Over time, this strain can lead to ringing in your ears.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections produce lots of unwelcome symptoms.

Sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. These problems can trigger ringing, buzzing, and clicking in the ears.

Nasal congestion frequently spreads to the ears during a sinus infection. Clogging in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this produces. Pressure on the tiny bones of the inner ear can lead to tinnitus symptoms.

You might not need to see a hearing professional if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may clear up naturally. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing lasts for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music concert probably won’t cause lasting ear-ringing. If you repeatedly expose your ears to very loud sounds, however, you may be introducing stress to the tender areas of your ears.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the outcome when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the incredible strain of repeated exposure to loud noises.

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

Safeguarding Your Ears

Tinnitus isn’t something you should neglect whichever one of these is the cause. It’s best to get your ears checked by a hearing professional on a regular basis. If you think the ringing in your ears has a serious hidden medical cause, you should get them examined for your peace of mind.

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