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“Why do I hear a ringing noise in my ears?” “Make that noise stop!”

You might be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing disorder that manifests noises in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these kinds of statements. You’re not alone. Millions of people have this disorder.

Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the sounds that most people describe.

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

You should take the following 6 symptoms seriously.

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

26% of people who have tinnitus cope with symptoms constantly, according to some studies.

This irritating, ever-present noise can result in all kinds of relationship issues, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.

Something as simple as listening to your daughter share a recipe on the phone becomes a battle between her voice and the noise that overpowers it. The constant ringing has stressed you out to the point where you snap at a member of the family who simply asks you a question.

Continuous ringing can cause a vicious cycle. As your stress level goes up, the ringing gets louder. Loud noise makes you more anxious and so on.

If your tinnitus is contributing to these types of life challenges, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. There are treatment options that can considerably reduce or eliminate the noise in your ears.

2. The Noise in Your Ears Manifests After You Change Medications

Doctors might try various different medications to treat the same condition whether you have chronic pain or cancer. Some of these will have side effects so extreme that you may want to ask about alternate options. 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 forms of:

  • Antibiotics
  • Opioids (Pain Killers)
  • Chemo
  • Over-the-counter painkillers (Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and even aspirin) when taken several times a day for an extended period of time.
  • Loop Diuretics

3. Headache, Seizures, And Blurred Vision Come With Tinnitus Noises

This might be a sign that high blood pressure is contributing to your tinnitus. The blood circulation in your inner ear is restricted when you have hypertension. Your overall health is also in danger with high blood pressure. Age related hearing loss, over time, 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 noisy place such as a concert, aerobics class, factory, or bar, then the place you just left had noise levels above safe levels. It becomes increasingly likely that these noises will become irreversible the more often you disregard them and neglect using ear protection. And it’s commonly accompanied by hearing loss.

If you are going to be exposed to loud sound, use the following to protect your hearing:

  • Not standing too close to the speakers
  • Giving your ears a regular break by going into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once an hour
  • Wearing earplugs

If you work in a noisy place, follow work rules regarding earmuffs and earplugs. They’re designed to protect you, but they only work if you wear protective gear correctly.

5. You Also Have Facial Paralysis

We hope you wouldn’t ignore 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 might 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 indicates you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. Your risk of falling caused by lack of balance will get worse if this disorder is left untreated.

Tinnitus is frequently a sign of hearing loss. So you should have your hearing checked if you’re experiencing it. Contact us to make an appointment.

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