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

As you probably appreciate, prolonged periods of stress are not good for the body. Stress can produce serious muscle pain and headaches. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the result.

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be brought about by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other factors. Let’s have a look at a few potential causes of that annoying noise in your ears.

How to Distinguish Unhealthy Stress

You may be wondering how stress lends to tinnitus. It’s often easy to ignore how extreme the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Stress is not something you should disregard.

Healthy Stress

Stress that lasts a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually be helpful in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can give 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. Healthy stress helps you complete a goal without damaging your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, generally, never in fact happens. Unhealthy stress is produced when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

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


Unhealthy stress is frequently the result of worrying. We might exaggerate the importance of a situation or a relationship with other people. We may convince ourselves we ruined a chance at a promotion because of something we said. Too much worrying can lead to invasive, apparently uncontrollable thoughts.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We may worry about what we couldn’t get completed today and worry over what we have to get done tomorrow. Fixation, endless internal dialog, and even panic are a typical part of this type of stress. If we don’t take a few positive actions to deal with this stress it will continue to wear down our body.

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

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever heard someone depict their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts often come with jaw strain.

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

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

Sinus infections cause many unwelcome symptoms, from a stuffy nose to a soar throat.

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

A stuffy nose frequently spreads to the ears when you have a sinus infection. Blockage in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this creates. Pressure on the little bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will probably go away on its own and you won’t need to see a hearing professional. But you should certainly make an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

Long-term ringing in the ears will probably not develop due to the occasional concert. However, you could be putting stress on the sensitive parts of your ear if you routinely expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

When you expose your ears to loud noises on a regular basis, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are strained, which can lead to ringing, buzzing, or clicking.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even permanent 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.

Protecting Your Ears

Tinnitus isn’t something you should ignore whichever one of these is causing it. Getting your hearing tested by a hearing professional regularly is your best bet. For your peace of mind, you should get examined, especially if you suspect that your tinnitus is being triggered by a serious underlying medical issue.

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