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

As you probably appreciate, sustained periods of stress are not good for the body. Stress can cause serious muscle aches and headaches. But tinnitus, a buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Tinnitus can be triggered by numerous different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s take a peak at some potential causes.

How to Distinguish Unhealthy Stress

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to ignore how extreme the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Disregarding stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

Temporary stress can actually be an extremely motivating factor when it comes to completing duties. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

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

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, more often than not, never in fact happens. When an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the outcome is often unhealthy stress.

In dangerous conditions, the fight or flight response is a normal reaction but it also relates to unhealthy stress. When an individual stays in a hyper-stressful condition for a long period, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Worrying is an extremely common cause of unhealthy stress. We might exaggerate the significance of a situation or a relationship with another person. We may have ourselves convinced that we said or did something to hurt our chances at a promotion. Excessive worrying can produce invasive, seemingly uncontrollable thoughts.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We might believe that we are falling behind and failing to complete our day-to-day schedule. We might obsess, talk to ourselves, or even have panic attacks. Eventually, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies unless we do something to curb these thoughts.

Pain and muscle tension on the upper body are common effects of unhealthy stress. The shoulders, neck, head, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Jaw Tension And Anger

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

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by sustained tension. Over time, this strain can cause ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

Sinus infections cause lots of undesirable symptoms, from a stuffy nose to a soar throat.

Sinus infections produce headaches, sinus pressure, and ear pressure. A buzzing, clicking and ringing can be the outcome.

When you have a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. This can create excess earwax, which leads to clogged ears and intense pressure on the eardrums. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

You might not need to see a hearing specialist if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may clear up by themselves. But you should absolutely make an appointment with us if the ringing persists for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

Lasting ringing in the ears will most likely not happen as a result of the occasional concert. However, you might be putting stress on the fragile parts of your ear if you routinely expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the consequence when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of continual exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even lasting hearing loss can be the result of continued exposure to loud noises. Listening to music at a sensible volume and wearing ear protection when needed is indispensable for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Hearing

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. Getting your hearing checked by a hearing specialist frequently is the smartest thing you can do. If you think the ringing in your ears has a significant underlying medical cause, you should have them examined for your peace of mind.

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