Ringing in the ears, also known as Tinnitus, is a common symptom associated with anxiety. The ringing in the ears (Tinnitus) symptom can persistently affect one ear only, can shift and affect the other ear, can affect both ears, or can switch back and forth between ears and over and over again. For more information about our Anxiety Therapy, Coaching, Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Symptoms of Anxiety; our anxiety Recovery Support area; common Anxiety Myths; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate graphic below:. While it is usually described as a ringing in the ears, patients can hear clicking, buzzing, whooshing, or other persistent noises in one or both ears. This can help rule out or identify possible causes of tinnitus. Clicking. Muscle contractions in and around your ear can cause sharp clicking sounds that you hear in bursts.
DOCTORS: Click here for the Professional Version. Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is noise originating in the ear rather than in the environment. The noise heard by people with tinnitus may be a buzzing, ringing, roaring, whistling, or hissing sound and is often associated with hearing loss. Tinnitus may be an attribute of sensorineural hearing loss or congenital hearing loss. Others hear a beeping, ticking, clicking in the ear, banging, static or crickets chirping. The noise can be described in many ways: a humming, buzzing, ringing, whistling, clicking, throbbing, or roaring.
It can be experienced as a ringing, hissing, whistling, buzzing, or clicking sound and can vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal. With severe tinnitus in adults, coexisting factors may include hearing loss, dizziness, head injury, sinus and middle-ear infections, or mastoiditis (infection of the spaces within the mastoid bone). Just as mysteriously as they begin, the noise may suddenly stop only to restart weeks, months, or even years later (or never again). Rather, irregular clicking noises in the ear are almost always due to muscle spasms. Clinical characteristics and therapeutic response of objective tinnitus due to middle ear myoclonus: a large case series.