What’s Causing That Annoying Sound in my Ears?

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

It’s common knowledge that stress, particularly for extended periods, can be extremely harmful for your body. When you are dealing with persistent stress, everything from severe muscle aches to headaches can be the outcome. But tinnitus, a buzzing, clicking, or ringing in the ears can also be the result.

Tinnitus can be triggered by numerous different health factors, such as stress, sinus infections, or loud sounds. Let’s have a peak at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You may be asking yourself how stress contributes to tinnitus. We typically don’t consider the negative impact stress can have on our bodies or how it can result in frustrating, painful, or even serious medical problems. Disregarding stress is a bad idea.

Healthy Stress

Short term stress can actually be a really motivating factor when it comes to accomplishing duties. Stress can provide a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to get done.

But temporary, healthy stress and long term, harmful 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 occurs. When someone stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the consequence is frequently unhealthy stress.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a normal reaction that helps keep us protected in hazardous situations. Harmful physical symptoms occur when somebody remains in a hyper-stressful situation for extended periods.


Unhealthy stress is frequently the result of worrying. We may exaggerate the significance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We might convince ourselves we destroyed a chance at a promotion because of something we said. Excessive worrying can produce invasive, seemingly uncontrollable thoughts.

Unhealthy Stress And Intrusive Thoughts

We may worry about what we couldn’t get completed today and stress over what we have to do tomorrow. Obsession, perpetual internal dialog, and even panic are a typical part of this kind of stress. Ultimately, our unhealthy stress wears on our bodies if we don’t take steps to curb these thoughts.

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

Jaw Tension And Anger

Have you ever read a book where the writer talks about a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Jaw strain is a prevalent symptom of stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts.

Pressure can be put on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum by continuous tension. Ringing in the ears can be the outcome.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections bring lots of unwelcome symptoms.

Headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. A ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result.

A stuffy nose frequently spreads to the ears when you have a sinus infection. This can create excessive earwax, which causes blockages in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrums. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is caused by a sinus infection it will probably go away by itself and you won’t have to consult a hearing professional. But you should certainly schedule 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 probably not develop due to the occasional concert. If you repeatedly expose your ears to very loud sounds, however, you may be putting stress on the tender parts of your ears.

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

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the result of repeated exposure to loud noises. Listening to music at a reasonable volume and wearing ear protection when required is crucial for hearing health.

Safeguarding Your Ears

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. Getting your hearing tested by a hearing specialist regularly is the smartest thing you can do. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, especially if you suspect that your tinnitus is being triggered by a significant underlying medical problem.

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.