“What’s that annoying sound in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”
You might be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing affliction that manifests sounds in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these types of remarks. This is more common than you may think. Tinnitus is a condition that impacts millions of individuals.
Most describe it as ringing in the ears, but it can also sound like a dial tone, pulsing noise, buzzing, or whistling.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears may seem harmless. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be ignored. Something more serious may be the underlying cause of these sounds.
Here are 6 tinnitus symptoms you need to take seriously.
1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears
26% of individuals who have tinnitus experience symptoms continuously, based on some studies.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and relationship issues are all possible consequences of this ever present ringing.
Something as basic as listening to your daughter share a recipe on the phone becomes a struggle between her voice and the noise that overpowers it. You may snap at your grandchild, who asks a simple question, because the ringing makes you stressed.
A vicious cycle can be the outcome of this continuous ringing. As your stress level rises, the ringing gets louder. And you get more anxious the louder the noise is and on and on.
If tinnitus is contributing to these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to deal with it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with obtainable treatment choices.
2. The Noise in Your Ears Manifests After You Switch Medications
Whether you have persistent back pain or cancer, doctors may try several different medications to deal with the same condition. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you might want to ask about alternate options. If your tinnitus began or got seriously worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.
Some common medications might cause tinnitus. These include some kinds of:
- 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)
- Loop Diuretics
3. It Comes With Blurred Vision, Headache, or Seizures
This often means that your tinnitus symptoms are being caused by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the flow of blood to your inner ear is restricted. Your general health is also at risk with high blood pressure. 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 when you leave a noisy setting such as a concert, aerobics class, factory, or bar, then the place you just left had unsafe levels of noise. If you ignore this episodic tinnitus and don’t begin to safeguard your ears, it will likely become constant over time. And hearing loss will usually accompany it.
If you enjoy a noisy night out, take precautions such as:
- Using earplugs
- Not standing too close to the speakers
- At least once an hour, step outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
Follow the rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs if you work in a loud setting. Your safety gear will only successfully protect you if you use it correctly.
5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis
Whether you have ringing in your ears or not, you should never ignore facial paralysis. 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. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Are you experiencing hearing loss that comes and goes? Do you feel dizzy off and on? When accompanied by tinnitus, this indicates you need to be tested for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. 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 you should have your hearing examined if you’re experiencing it. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.