What’s The Reason For That Irritating Noise in my Ears?

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

It’s common knowledge that stress, especially for prolonged periods, can be extremely hazardous to the body. When you are afflicted by acute stress, everything from serious muscle aches to headaches can be the result. But tinnitus, a buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

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

How to Distinguish Unhealthy Stress

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

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even a few hours, can actually play an important role in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can supply a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to get done.

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

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, generally, never actually occurs. When someone remains in a heightened state of anxiety, the result is often unhealthy stress.

In dangerous conditions, the fight or flight response is a natural reaction but it also is associates with unhealthy stress. Harmful physical symptoms happen when somebody remains in a hyper-stressful situation for prolonged periods.


Worrying is a really universal cause of unhealthy stress. We may exaggerate the importance of a situation or a relationship with other people. We might convince ourselves we wrecked a chance at a promotion because of something we said. When you worry like this your intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We may believe that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our daily tasks. We may obsess, talk to ourselves, or even panic. If we don’t take a few positive measures 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. Affected areas may include the jaw, neck, head, or shoulders.

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever heard someone describe their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts often come with jaw tension.

Sustained strain can put pressure on the fragile bones of the eardrum and inner ear. Over time, this strain can produce ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

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

Sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears are common symptoms of a sinus infection. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the outcome.

During a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. This can create excess earwax, which leads to blockages in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrums. Pressure on the little bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

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

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The occasional music performance is probably not going to cause lasting ear-ringing. However, you might be putting stress on the sensitive parts of your ear if you regularly expose yourself to intense sound.

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the incredible strain of repeated exposure to intense 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 protect your hearing from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. 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 significant underlying medical cause, you should get them checked for your peace of mind.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.