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

As you probably appreciate, sustained periods of stress are not good for the body. Stress can produce extreme muscle pain and headaches. But did you know stress can also bring about tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

Stress isn’t the only thing that can trigger tinnitus, it can also be brought about by a sinus infection, loud noises, and other variables. Let’s have a look at some potential causes.

How to Recognize Unhealthy Stress

You might be asking yourself how stress contributes to tinnitus. It’s often easy to ignore how extreme the medical consequence of stress can be on our bodies. Ignoring stress isn’t a good idea.

Healthy Stress

Temporary stress can actually be an extremely motivating factor when it comes to completing duties. Stress can give a boost of energy and adrenalin to complete tasks and projects that really need to be finished.

But short term, healthy stress and long term, harmful stress are two very different things. Healthy stress helps you complete a goal without harming your body. Unhealthy stress is harmful for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is a consequence of the fear of something that, in most cases, never in fact happens. When someone remains in a heightened state of anxiety, the consequence is often unhealthy stress.

In dangerous situations, the fight or flight response is a natural reaction but it also is associates with unhealthy stress. When an individual remains in a hyper-stressful condition for a long period of time, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Unhealthy stress is commonly the result of worrying. We may exaggerate the significance of a situation or a relationship with other people. We may have ourselves convinced that we did or said something to spoil our chances at a promotion. When you worry in this way your intrusive thoughts can really get away from you.

Intrusive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

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

Normally, unhealthy stress impacts the upper part of the body by creating pain and muscle tension. The head, neck shoulders, and jaw are areas that can be affected.

Anger And Jaw Tension

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

Sustained tension can put pressure on the delicate bones of the inner ear and eardrum. Ringing in the ears can be the consequence.

Sinus Infections And Ear Strain

From sore throats to stuffy noses, sinus infections produce lots of undesired symptoms.

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

A stuffy nose often spreads to the ears during the course of a sinus infection. This can generate excessive earwax, which causes blockages in the ears and extreme pressure on the eardrums. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is triggered by a sinus infection it will probably improve on its own and you won’t need to see a hearing professional. If the ringing lasts for more than a few days, however, you should make an appointment with a hearing professional.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

Long-term ringing in the ears will probably not occur due to the occasional concert. If you routinely expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you could be introducing stress to the tender areas of your ears.

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result when the eardrum and inner ears are put under the enormous strain of continual exposure to intense noises.

Beyond the occasional ringing in your ears, exposure to loud sounds over a long period of time can lead to temporary or lasting loss of hearing. It’s important to safeguard your ears from the elements and listen to music at a reasonable volume level.

Protecting Your Hearing

Whether caused by stress, muscle tension, an illness, or loud noises, tinnitus shouldn’t be ignored. It’s best to get your ears checked by a hearing specialist regularly. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, especially if you think that your tinnitus is being caused by a serious underlying medical problem.

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