Can Tinnitus be made worse by stress?

Usually, tinnitus is called as a symptom of hearing loss and various medical conditions e.g. excess wax buildup, ototoxic medication, loud noise exposure, neck or head trauma, and certain disorder. On the other hand, ringing, buzzing or whistling are the symptoms of tinnitus. It means tinnitus doesn’t represent a serious health condition. It’s “just a sound” originate from the brain or from the cochlea.

tinnitus made worse by stress

Furthermore, research analysis shows that while tinnitus can cause anxiety and stress, also stress and anxiety can worsen the tinnitus. Here is the detail about tinnitus and stress.

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No one knows even researchers, the exact reason which causes tinnitus. It is assumed by most of the researchers that it can originate from the brain or the cochlea. Tinnitus symptoms may vary in other conditions and issues.

  1. Building up of wax in the ears.
  2. Use of ototoxic medications.
  3. Exposing to your noise which damages the hair cells in the ear.
  4. Some evident disorders such as Meniere`s disease, hypo- and hyperthyroidism

Tinnitus cause anxiety

Most of the research has shown that tinnitus causes anxiety. Tinnitus can be worsed with anxiety.

In research, it is found that the brains of people who are suffering from tinnitus respond to threatening things quickly, such as yelling and angry which results in more anxiety.

The link between tinnitus and stress

Sometimes, stress reported as the cause of tinnitus. And likewise near about 53% of individuals noted that their tinnitus increased during the stress-full period of life.

The brains of people with tinnitus react more hastily to threatening information. More clearly, when people often become anxious before bed, disturbed that their tinnitus will not let them sleep, which only increases their inability to sleep.

Another point is, stress is a psychological, biological, or social capability, which happens in the adverse or demanding circumstances.

For some people, tinnitus and stress can be a wild circle. Tinnitus causes stress and stress to produce more tinnitus, which again induces more stress and so on.

Despite the fact, it is not always clear whether stress origin is the beginning of tinnitus, or perhaps is a contributing factor. While It is usual for tinnitus to start at times of stress or after a period of stress.

Avoid stressful situations which make your tinnitus more torturous. To Manage your stress use relaxation techniques using deep breathing, biofeedback therapy and sound machines or tinnitus maskers that gives you more relief from stress.

Managing the stress of tinnitus

Changing one or more areas in the cognitive-behavioral model can help you reduce unpleasant emotions, such as the adverse effects of stress, whether they are associated with tinnitus or other problems in your life.


Your thoughts are very important in influencing you. Therefore, paying more attention to your thoughts can be useful and can work whether they are helpful or not. Work through these steps to try and deal with unintended ideas about your tinnitus:

  1. When you are especially distressed with your tinnitus, be aware of special situations/times.
  2. Use the following Questions to evaluate these thoughts:
  • Do you tell that the idea is true – does the evidence support the idea?
  • Is there something that tells you that this is not true – what evidence do you have against it?
  • What could be the worst thing?
  • If a friend asked you about the same problem, what would you say to them?
  • What will a friend say to you?

Physical reactions

Relaxation can be used to deal with stress-related physical reactions. Relaxation can take different forms for different people, but you may want to set aside some time to relax the day. Do not expect it to help straighten or remove your tinnitus directly; Most people find relief in relaxation, but it requires time and practice. For more information, see the BTA Sheet Manual.


Some people find changes in their behavior, which can help them manage their tinnitus better, for example, focusing on interesting activities and less on tinnitus. There are many ideas that can reduce the level of your general stress, which can also affect your tinnitus positively:

  • Make time for yourself
  • Spending time in enjoyable activities and socializing
  • Exercise – Suitable for your fitness level
  • Things that solve problems in your life or change things that cause stress, if it is possible
  • Talk to supporters, friends, and family or counselors or psychologists.

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