“What’s that ringing in my ears?” “How can I make that noise go away?”
If you find yourself saying things like this, you could be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing condition where you hear noises or perceive a sound that others can’t hear. You’re not alone. Tinnitus is a disorder that affects millions of individuals.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the sounds that most people describe.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its intensity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be ignored. Something more significant may be the underlying cause of these noises.
Here are 6 tinnitus symptoms you need to take seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
Some studies reveal that 26% of people with tinnitus cope with that ringing on an almost constant basis.
This irritating, ever-present noise can result in all kinds of relationship problems, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.
Something as basic as listening to your daughter share a recipe over the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overpowers it. The nonstop ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a member of the family who simply asks you a question.
A vicious cycle can be the result of this constant ringing. As your stress level rises, the ringing gets louder. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If your tinnitus is contributing to these types of life challenges, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. There are treatment choices that can considerably reduce or get rid of the noise in your ears.
2. After You Changed Medications, Your Ears Began to Ring
Doctors may try several different medications to treat the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. You may ask for an alternative if you begin to experience significant side effects. Contact your doctor and determine what the side effects are if you started experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Tinnitus may be caused by some common medications. These include some kinds of:
- 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. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This often indicates that your tinnitus symptoms are being triggered by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the flow of blood to your inner ear is restricted. Your general health is also in danger with high blood pressure. As time passes, it could cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
If you leave a noisy place like a bar, concert, factory, or fitness class, and you start to hear tinnitus noises, you were probably exposed to unsafe noise levels and that’s more than likely the cause of these noises. If you neglect this occasional tinnitus and don’t begin to safeguard your ears, it will most likely become constant over time. And it’s usually accompanied by hearing loss.
If you enjoy a loud night out, take precautions like:
- Giving your ears a periodic break by going into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once an hour
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Using earplugs
Adhere to the rules pertaining to earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a noisy setting. They’re designed 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 regardless of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are come along with headaches, paralysis, and nausea, this might be a sign of a slow-growing benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
6. Fluctuating Hearing Loss is Accompanying Tinnitus
Are you experiencing hearing loss that comes and goes? Are you sometimes dizzy? When accompanied by tinnitus, this suggests you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This leads to a fluid imbalance in your ears. Your risk of falling due to lack of balance will get worse if this condition is left untreated.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So if you’re experiencing it, you need to have your hearing checked more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.