Where's That Aggravating Sound in my Ears Coming From?


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

It’s common knowledge that stress, particularly for extended amounts of time, can be very harmful for your body. Stress can cause significant muscle aches and headaches. But tinnitus, a clicking, buzzing, or ringing in the ears can also be the outcome.

Tinnitus can be brought about by many different health factors, including stress, sinus infections, or loud noises. Let’s examine several potential causes of that annoying ringing in your ears.

Unhealthy Stress – How to Identify it

You might be asking yourself how stress lends to tinnitus. It’s often easy to neglect how serious the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Stress is not something you should neglect.

Healthy Stress

Stress that persists a few minutes, or even several hours, can actually play an important role in getting necessary tasks completed. If you’re facing a deadline and have to focus on finishing a project, stress can be an ally by providing the boost of energy required to get the job done.

But short term, healthy stress and chronic, unhealthy stress are two completely different things. The ability to accomplish goals can be assisted by healthy stress while unhealthy stress can physically harm you.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, generally, never actually happens. When a person stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the result is often unhealthy stress.

In dangerous situations, the fight or flight response is a natural reaction but it also relates to unhealthy stress. Harmful physical symptoms happen when someone remains in a hyper-stressful circumstance for prolonged periods.


Worrying is a very universal cause of unhealthy stress. We might exaggerate the importance of a situation or an interaction with another person. We may tell ourselves we wrecked a chance at a promotion because of something we said. When you worry like this your invasive thoughts can really get away from you.

Unhealthy Stress And Invasive Thoughts

We may worry about what we failed to accomplish today and fret over what we need to get done tomorrow. We may obsess, lecture ourselves, or even have panic attacks. If we don’t take some positive actions to manage this stress it will continue to wear down our body.

Typically, unhealthy stress impacts the upper part of the body by causing pain and muscle tension. Impacted areas may include the head, neck, jaw, or shoulders.

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever heard someone depict their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, worry, anger, and intrusive thoughts often come with jaw strain.

Sustained tension can put pressure on the fragile bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Over time, this strain can cause ringing in your ears.

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

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

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

During a sinus infection, your nasal congestion frequently spreads to your ears. Blockage in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will develop because of the accumulated earwax this causes. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

You may not need to see a hearing specialist if the ringing is the result of a sinus infection, as the symptoms may clear up naturally. If the ringing lasts for more than a few days, however, you should schedule an appointment with a hearing professional.

Extended Exposure to Loud Noises

Lasting ringing in the ears will most likely not manifest due to the occasional concert. However, you could be putting stress on the fragile parts of your ear if you routinely expose yourself to extremely loud sound.

Buzzing, Clicking, or ringing can be the result when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the tremendous strain of frequent exposure to intense noises.

Above and beyond ringing in the ears, temporary or even permanent hearing loss can be the consequence of continued exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a sensible volume and using ear protection when necessary is essential for hearing health.

Protecting Your Ears

Tinnitus is not something you should dismiss whichever one of these is the cause. Getting your hearing examined by a hearing professional frequently is the smartest thing you can do. If you suspect the ringing in your ears has a significant underlying medical cause, you should have them examined for your peace of mind.

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