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

As you probably recognize, sustained periods of stress aren’t good for the body. When you are afflicted by chronic stress, everything from serious muscle aches to headaches can be the outcome. But did you recognize stress can also result in tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Tinnitus can be triggered by various different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud sounds. Let’s have a peak at some potential factors.

How to Distinguish Unhealthy Stress

You may be wondering how stress lends to tinnitus. It’s often easy to take for granted how serious the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Neglecting stress is a bad idea.

Healthy Stress

Stress that lasts a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually play an important role in accomplishing demanding tasks. Stress can supply a boost of energy and adrenalin to complete tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But temporary, healthy stress and chronic, unhealthy stress are two completely different things. Healthy stress helps you accomplish a goal without damaging your body. Unhealthy stress is hazardous for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, in most cases, never actually occurs. When an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the consequence is usually unhealthy stress.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a normal reaction that helps keep us safe in dangerous situations. When an individual remains in a hyper-stressful condition for a long period of time, it can result in harmful physical symptoms.


Unhealthy stress is frequently the result of worrying. The significance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We might 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.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We may think that we are falling behind and failing to accomplish our daily tasks. Fixation, endless internal dialog, and even panic attacks are a common part of this kind of stress. Eventually, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take steps to curb these thoughts.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are typical effects of unhealthy stress. Affected areas might include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever read a book where the writer describes a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Jaw strain is a prevalent symptom of stress, worry, anger, and invasive thoughts.

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

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

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

Sinus infections generate sinus pressure, headaches, and pressure in the ears. These issues can trigger ringing, buzzing, and clicking in the ears.

If you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. Blockage in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this produces. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

You might not need to visit a hearing professional if the ringing is the result of a sinus infection, as the symptoms may improve by themselves. If the ringing persists for more than a few days, however, you should make an appointment with a hearing professional.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

The intermittent music concert probably won’t cause long-term ear-ringing. If you routinely expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you might be putting stress on the tender areas of your ears.

When you expose your ears to intense noises regularly, your eardrums and the bones of the inner ears are put under a great deal of strain, which can result in buzzing, ringing, or clicking.

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

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Tinnitus is not something you should disregard regardless of which one of these is causing it. It’s best to get your ears tested by a hearing professional on a regular basis. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious hidden medical cause, you should have them checked for your peace of mind.

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