Where’s That Frustrating Noise in my Ears Coming From?

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

It’s well known that stress, particularly for prolonged amounts of time, can be very harmful for your body. Stress can cause significant muscle aches and headaches. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Tinnitus can be brought about by various different health factors, such as stress, sinus infections, or loud sounds. Let’s take a look at some potential factors.

How to Recognize Unhealthy Stress

You might be asking yourself how stress lends to tinnitus. We often don’t think about the negative influence stress can have on our bodies or how it can cause troublesome, painful, or even serious medical problems. Stress isn’t something you should neglect.

Healthy Stress

Temporary stress can actually be a really motivating factor when it comes to accomplishing duties. Stress can provide a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

There is a difference, however, between healthy, short-term stress and unhealthy, harmful stress. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, in most cases, never actually happens. Unhealthy stress is generated when a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

In hazardous situations, the fight or flight response is a normal reaction but it also is associates with unhealthy stress. When an individual stays in a hyper-stressful state for a long period, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Worrying is an extremely universal cause of unhealthy stress. We might exaggerate the significance of a situation or an interaction with other people. We may have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to ruin our chances at a promotion. When you worry like this your invasive thoughts can really run away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Invasive Thoughts

We might worry about what we didn’t get completed today and stress over what we need to do tomorrow. We might obsess, talk to ourselves, or even panic. If we don’t take a few positive actions to deal with this stress it will keep wearing down our body.

Typically, unhealthy stress affects the upper part of the body by producing pain and muscle tension. The shoulders, neck, head, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever heard someone express their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts commonly come with jaw strain.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by continuous tension. Eventually, this strain can lead to ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections bring about lots of undesired symptoms.

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

When you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion frequently spreads to your ears. This can generate excess earwax, which leads to blockages in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrums. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will most likely improve on its own and you won’t need to see a hearing professional. But you should absolutely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

Lasting ringing in the ears will probably not happen due to the occasional concert. If you routinely expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you might be introducing stress to the tender parts of your ears.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the outcome when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of continual exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even lasting hearing loss can be the consequence of continued exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a sensible volume and wearing ear protection when necessary is essential for hearing health.

Protecting Your Hearing

Tinnitus isn’t something you should disregard whichever one of these is the cause. Having your hearing checked by a hearing specialist regularly is your best bet. If you think the ringing in your ears has a significant hidden medical cause, you should have 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.