“What’s that ringing in my ears?” “How can I make that noise go away?”
You could be suffering from tinnitus, a common hearing condition that manifests sounds in your ears that no one else can hear, if you find yourself making these kinds of remarks. This is more common than you might think. Tinnitus is a disorder that affects millions of people.
Ringing, pulsing, whistling, or buzzing are the sounds that most people describe.
Depending on the intensity, ringing in the ears may seem harmless. But there are absolutely times when you shouldn’t neglect it. Tinnitus symptoms can frequently be a sign of something more significant taking place in your body.
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 experience symptoms continuously, based on some studies.
This irritating, ever-present noise can bring about all kinds of relationship troubles, insomnia, anxiety, and even depression.
It can be a struggle between the tinnitus noise and something as simple as trying to hear your friend give you a recipe over the phone. You might snap at your grandson, who simply asks a question, because the ringing makes you stressed.
A vicious cycle can be the result of this constant ringing. The ringing gets louder as your stress level rises. And you get more stressed the louder the noise is and on and on.
If your tinnitus is contributing to these kinds of life challenges, you shouldn’t neglect it. It’s there, and your life is being affected. The noise can be decreased or eliminated with obtainable treatment options.
2. After You Changed Medications, Your Ears Began to Ring
Doctors might try several different medications to manage the same condition whether you have chronic pain or cancer. You might ask for an alternative solution if you begin to experience severe side effects. If your tinnitus started or got significantly worse after you started a new medication, look at that list of side effects and speak with your doctor.
Some common medications may cause tinnitus. 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.
- Loop Diuretics
- Opioids (Pain Killers)
3. It’s Accompanied by Blurred Vision, Headache, or Seizures
This normally means that your tinnitus symptoms are being caused by high blood pressure. When you have hypertension, the blood circulation to your inner ear is restricted. Unregulated high blood pressure is also a risk to your overall health. 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 place like 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 frequently you disregard them and skip using ear protection. And hearing loss will usually accompany it.
If you are going to be exposed to loud noise, use the following to protect your hearing:
- Using earplugs
- Giving your ears a regular break by going into the restroom or outside, if possible, at least once every hour
- Standing a little further away from loud speakers
If you work in a noisy place, adhere to work rules regarding earplugs and earmuffs. 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 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. You Experience Fluctuating Hearing Loss With it
Do you experience hearing loss that seems to worsen, then get better, then worse again? Are you sometimes dizzy? When accompanied by tinnitus, this means you need to be screened for Meniere’s disease. This makes your ears get a fluid imbalance. Your risk of falling due to lack of balance will worsen if this condition is left untreated.
Tinnitus is often a sign of hearing loss. So if you are experiencing it, you need to have your hearing examined more frequently. Reach out to us to make an appointment for a hearing test.