“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “How can I make that noise go away?”
You may be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing condition that manifests noises in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these kinds of statements. You’re not by yourself. Tinnitus is a condition that impacts millions of people.
Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the sounds that the majority of people describe.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But there are absolutely times when you shouldn’t ignore it. Tinnitus symptoms can frequently be a sign of something more serious taking place in your body.
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 indicate that 26% of people with tinnitus cope with that ringing on an almost continuous basis.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues are all possible consequences of this ever present ringing.
Something as easy as listening to your daughter share a recipe over the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overshadows it. You might snap at your grandson, who simply asks a question, because the ringing stresses you out.
A vicious cycle can be the result of this continuous ringing. As your stress level goes up, the ringing gets louder. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.
If tinnitus is leading to these types of life challenges, it’s time to deal with it. It’s real, and it impacts your quality of life. The noise can be reduced or eliminated with obtainable treatment options.
2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Started to Ring
Doctors may try numerous different medications to treat the same ailment whether you have chronic pain or cancer. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you might want to ask about alternate options. Consult with your doctor and learn what the side effects are if you began experiencing tinnitus symptoms after starting a new medication.
Tinnitus might be caused by some common medications. These include some forms 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. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises
This normally means that your tinnitus symptoms are being triggered by high blood pressure. The blood circulation in your inner ear is compromised when you have hypertension. Unregulated high blood pressure is also a risk to your general health. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will worsen because of this.
4. You Always Seem to be Leaving Work, The Gym, or a Concert When You Hear it
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 were just in had noise levels above safe levels. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become irreversible the more often you ignore them and neglect using ear protection. And hearing loss will probably accompany it.
If you love a noisy night out, take precautions like:
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- Using earplugs
- At least once every hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
If you work in a noisy environment, follow work rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs. 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 you have paralysis, nausea, headaches, and you also have tinnitus, it’s possible that you may have an acoustic neuroma (a slow growing benign brain tumor).
6. Fluctuating Hearing Loss is Accompanying Tinnitus
Are you experiencing hearing loss that comes and goes? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This causes a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left untreated, it frequently gets worse and may increase your risks of significant falls due to lack of balance.
Hearing loss is frequently signaled by tinnitus. So if you are experiencing it, you need to have your hearing examined more frequently. Get in touch with us to make an appointment for a hearing test.