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

It’s common knowledge that stress, especially for extended amounts of time, can be extremely hazardous for your body. When you suffer from chronic stress, everything from headaches to serious muscle aches can be the outcome. But did you realize stress can also bring about tinnitus, a ringing, buzzing, or clicking in the ears?

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

How to Recognize Unhealthy Stress

How does stress relate to tinnitus? It’s often easy to take for granted how extreme the medical impact of stress can be on our bodies. Stress isn’t something you should ignore.

Healthy Stress

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

But temporary, healthy stress and chronic, harmful stress are two very different things. Healthy stress helps you complete a goal without damaging your body. Unhealthy stress is hazardous for your body.

Unhealthy Stress

Unhealthy stress is caused by the fear of something that, more often than not, never actually occurs. When an individual stays in a heightened state of anxiety, the consequence is usually unhealthy stress.

Unhealthy stress is associates with our “fight or flight” response, a normal reaction that helps keep us protected in dangerous conditions. When a person stays in a hyper-stressful condition for a long period, it can lead to harmful physical symptoms.


Worrying is a very universal cause of unhealthy stress. The significance of an interaction or situation can often be exaggerated. We might convince ourselves we ruined a chance at a promotion because of something we said. Unreasonable worrying can produce intrusive, apparently uncontrollable thoughts.

Invasive Thoughts And Unhealthy Stress

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

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

Anger And Jaw Tension

Have you ever heard someone express their anger as jaw clenching? Stress, worry, anger, and invasive thoughts commonly come with jaw tension.

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

Ear Strain And Sinus Infections

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

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

During a sinus infection, your nasal congestion often spreads to your ears. Blockage in the ears and severe pressure on the eardrum will build up because of the excessive earwax this produces. And with this comes ringing in the ears.

If the ringing is brought on by a sinus infection it will most likely improve by itself and you won’t need to consult a hearing specialist. But you should definitely schedule an appointment with us if the ringing lasts for more than a few days.

Prolonged Exposure to Loud Noises

The occasional music show is probably not going to cause long-term ear-ringing. If you routinely expose your ears to intense sounds, however, you could be introducing stress to the tender parts of your ears.

Ringing, clicking, or buzzing can be the result 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 lasting hearing loss can be the result of repeated exposure to loud sounds. Listening to music at a reasonable volume and wearing ear protection when necessary is crucial for hearing health.

Protecting Your Ears

Tinnitus isn’t something you should neglect regardless of which one of these is the cause. Getting your hearing checked by a hearing professional frequently is your best bet. For your peace of mind, you should get checked, particularly if you suspect that your tinnitus is being triggered by a significant underlying medical problem.

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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.
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