“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
If you find yourself making these kinds of statements, you could have tinnitus, a common hearing problem that causes you to hear noises or perceive a sound that others can’t hear. This is more common than you might think. Millions of people have this disorder.
Ringing, buzzing, pulsing, or whistling are the sounds that the majority of people describe.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But there are definitely times when you shouldn’t neglect it. Something more serious might be the underlying cause of these sounds.
Here are 6 tinnitus symptoms you really should take seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
Some studies reveal that 26% of tinnitus sufferers experience that ringing on a nearly continuous basis.
This irritating, ever-present noise can bring about all kinds of relationship problems, anxiety, insomnia, and even depression.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus sound and something as simple as trying to hear your friend tell you a recipe over the phone. You might snap at your grandson, who simply asks a question, because the ringing makes you stressed.
Continuous ringing can become a vicious cycle. As your stress level rises, the ringing gets louder. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.
If tinnitus is causing these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to deal with it. It’s real, and it impacts your quality of life. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with available treatment options.
2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Began to Ring
Whether you have persistent back pain or cancer, doctors may try numerous different medications to treat the same condition. You might ask for an alternative if you begin to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus began or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Tinnitus may be caused by some common medications. Here are a few examples:
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
- Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
3. Blurred Vision, Seizures, And Headache Come With Tinnitus Noises
This might be a sign that high blood pressure is triggering your tinnitus. When you have hypertension, the blood circulation to your inner ear is compromised. Your overall health is also in danger with high blood pressure. As time passes, it could cause or worsen age-related hearing loss.
4. You Only Hear it After You Leave a Concert, Gym, or Work
If you only hear the tinnitus after you leave a loud place such as a factory, concert, aerobics class, or bar, then the place you just left had unsafe levels of noise. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become permanent the more often you ignore them and neglect using ear protection. And hearing loss will probably accompany it.
If you enjoy a loud night out, take precautions such as:
- Giving your ears a periodic break by stepping into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once every hour
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
- Using earplugs
Follow the rules regarding earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a noisy setting. They’re made to protect you, but they only work if you wear protective gear correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
We hope you wouldn’t ignore facial paralysis irrespective of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are come along with paralysis, headaches, 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? Do you feel dizzy off and on? If these symptoms are happening along with tinnitus, you may need to get screened for Menier’s disease. This produces a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left without treatment, it frequently gets worse and might increase your risks of significant falls caused by lack of balance.
Tinnitus is frequently a sign of hearing loss. So if you’re experiencing it, you need to have your hearing checked more frequently. Contact us to make an appointment.