You Should Pay Attention to These Tinnitus Symptoms

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“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “Why won’t that noise stop?”

If you find yourself saying things like this, you could be dealing with tinnitus, a common hearing issue 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 individuals have this condition.

Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the noises that the majority of people describe.

Depending on the severity, ringing in the ears might seem harmless. But tinnitus shouldn’t always be neglected. Something more serious might be the root cause of these sounds.

You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.

1. Your Quality of Life is Being Affected by The Ringing in Your Ears

Some studies indicate that 26% of people with tinnitus experience that ringing on an almost constant basis.

This aggravating, ever-present noise can lead to all kinds of relationship troubles, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.

It can be a struggle between the tinnitus noise and something as basic as attempting to hear your friend tell 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.

Constant ringing can become a vicious cycle. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. Loud noise makes you more nervous and so on.

If tinnitus is leading to these kinds of life challenges, it’s time to deal with it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. There are treatment options that can considerably reduce or get rid of the noise in your ears.

2. After You Switched Medications, Your Ears Started to Ring

Whether you have persistent back pain or cancer, doctors might try several different medications to manage the same ailment. You may ask for a different option if you begin to experience significant side effects. If your tinnitus began or got significantly worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.

Tinnitus may be caused by some common medications. These include some forms 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
  • Antibiotics
  • Chemo

3. It’s Accompanied by Blurred Vision, Headache, or Seizures

This may be a sign that high blood pressure is contributing to 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. Age related hearing loss, as time passes, will get worse 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 setting like 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 protect your ears, it will likely become constant over time. And hearing loss will usually accompany it.

If you love a noisy night out, take precautions such as:

  • Standing a little further away from loud speakers
  • At least once an hour, go outside or into the restroom to give your ears a break
  • Using earplugs

Adhere to the rules pertaining to earmuffs and earplugs if you work in a noisy environment. Your safety gear will only effectively 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 nausea, paralysis, 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

Do you experience hearing loss that seems to get worse, then get better, then worse again? Are you sometimes dizzy? If these symptoms are occurring along with tinnitus, you might need to get tested for Menier’s disease. This causes your ears to ears get a fluid imbalance. If left untreated, it often gets worse and might increase your risks of serious falls caused by lack of balance.

Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So if you are experiencing it, you should get your hearing checked more frequently. Give us a call to set up an appointment.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.