“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “How can I make that noise go away?”
You might be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing affliction that manifests sounds in your ears that nobody else can hear, if you find yourself making these kinds of statements. You’re not alone. Tinnitus is a disorder that affects millions of individuals.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a pulsing noise, a dial tone, buzzing, or whistling.
Ringing in the ears might seem harmless, depending on its severity. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be ignored. Something more significant might be the root cause of these noises.
Here are 6 tinnitus symptoms you really should take seriously.
1. The Ringing in Your Ears is Affecting The Quality of Your Life
Some research suggests that 26% of people with tinnitus cope with that ringing on a nearly constant basis.
This frustrating, ever-present noise can bring about all kinds of relationship issues, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.
It can be a battle between the tinnitus sound and something as basic as attempting to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. The constant ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a family member who simply asks you a question.
Continuous ringing can cause a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level goes up. And you get more anxious the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is causing these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to address it. It’s real, and it affects your quality of life. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with available treatment options.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Begins After You Switch Medications
Doctors may try numerous different medications to manage the same ailment whether you have cancer or chronic pain. You might ask for a different option if you begin to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus started or got significantly worse after you started a new drug, look at that list of side effects and talk to your doctor.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. These include some kinds of:
- 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 often indicates that your tinnitus symptoms are being triggered by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the flow of blood to your inner ear is compromised. Unregulated high blood pressure is also a risk to your total health. 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 when you leave a noisy setting like a concert, aerobics class, factory, or bar, then the place you were just in had noise levels above safe levels. If you disregard this episodic tinnitus and don’t start to safeguard your ears, it will likely become constant over time. And it’s usually accompanied by hearing loss.
If you love a loud night out, take precautions like:
- Wearing earplugs
- Giving your ears a regular break by going into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once an hour
- Standing a bit further away from loud speakers
Adhere to the rules pertaining to 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 disregard facial paralysis regardless of whether you have ringing in your ears. But when the tinnitus symptoms are come along with headaches, paralysis, and nausea, this may be a sign of a slow-growing benign brain tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
6. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Do you have hearing loss that seems to get worse, then get better, then worse again? Do you feel dizzy off and on? If these symptoms are happening along with tinnitus, you may need to get evaluated for Menier’s disease. This causes a fluid imbalance in your ears. If left untreated, it often gets worse and may increase your risks of serious falls due to lack of balance.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So if you’re experiencing it, you need to get your hearing checked more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.