What’s Causing That Annoying Noise in my Ears?

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

As you most likely appreciate, prolonged periods of stress aren’t 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.

Stress isn’t the only thing that can cause tinnitus, it can also be brought about by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other factors. Let’s take a peak at some potential causes.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Recognize it

You may be asking yourself how stress contributes to tinnitus. We often don’t think about the negative effect stress can have on our bodies or how it can cause frustrating, painful, or even severe medical conditions. Stress is not something you should ignore.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually be helpful in getting necessary tasks completed. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to accomplish tasks and projects that really need to get done.

There is a difference, though, between healthy, short-term stress and unhealthy, damaging stress. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Often, an irrational fear is the source of unhealthy stress. Unhealthy stress is created when an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety for an extended period of time.

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


Worrying is an extremely common cause of unhealthy stress. We may exaggerate the importance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We might have ourselves convinced that we said or did something to spoil our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your intrusive thoughts can really run away from you.

Intrusive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

We might worry about what we failed to accomplish today and worry over what we need to do tomorrow. We may obsess, talk to ourselves, or even panic. If we don’t take a few positive measures to deal with this stress it will continue to wear down our body.

Usually, unhealthy stress affects the upper part of the body by causing muscle tension and pain. Affected areas may include the jaw, neck, head, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever read a book where the author talks about a character as being so angry his jaw clenched in rage? Stress, anger, worry, and invasive thoughts commonly come with jaw tension.

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

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

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

Headaches, sinus pressure, and pressure in the ears are typical symptoms of a sinus infection. These problems can trigger ringing, buzzing, and clicking in the ears.

During a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. This can produce accumulated earwax, which leads to blockages in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrums. Pressure on the little bones of the inner ear can trigger tinnitus symptoms.

You may not need to visit a hearing professional if the ringing is being caused by a sinus infection, as the symptoms may go away on their own. But you should definitely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing continues for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

Long-term ringing in the ears will most likely not manifest as a result of the occasional concert. However, you might be putting stress on the delicate parts of your ear if you regularly expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the consequence when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the tremendous strain of repeated exposure to loud noises.

Above and beyond tinnitus, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the consequence of repeated exposure to loud noises. It’s important to safeguard your ears from the elements and listen to music at a sensible volume level.

Safeguarding Your Ears

Tinnitus is not something you should dismiss whichever one of these is the cause. It’s best to have your ears checked by a hearing specialist regularly. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a serious hidden medical cause, you should get them checked for your peace of mind.

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.