If you notice that your ears start to ring when your allergies kick in, you may be experiencing allergy-linked tinnitus.
Tinnitus Is A Symptom
Tinnitus is the term used to describe a ringing sound inside of your ears that you can hear, but others cannot. This sound may pop up occasionally throughout the day, or it may be a constant presence in your life.
Tinnitus is not considered its own disease; rather, it is considered to be a symptom of numerous other disorders and diseases, much in the same way that a cough or a running nose is a symptom of other diseases, such as the flu, allergies or pneumonia. The tricky thing about tinnitus is that it is a symptom that can be hard to pin to an overarching disease easily.
Medical professionals agree that there are a wide variety of different issues that could cause one to experience tinnitus. Some of the most common issues include poor circulation, an ear infection, neck trauma, head trauma, abnormal bone growth, high blood pressure, and allergies. This is not an exhaustive list; it is just a few of the things that medical professionals try to rule out as the first cause of tinnitus.
The Link To Allergies
When you are suffering from allergies, you may get fluid inside of your ear or experience ear aches and infections, all of which are symptoms associated with tinnitus. Your sinuses as well as your ears can also get inflamed due to your allergies. All of these changes to your ears can result in tinnitus showing up alongside your allergies.
In addition, some of the common medications used to treat allergies actually include as a warning that the use of those medications can worsen or trigger tinnitus in some individuals.
Tinnitus is notoriously difficult to diagnosis because it can be linked to so many other diseases. However, if your tinnitus only occurs when your allergies show up, it should be easier for your allergist to determine and treat the cause behind your particular type of tinnitus. Your allergist can work with you to determine if you have fluid or inflammation on your ears that needs to be treated in order to eliminate your tinnitus. Getting rid of your allergy-based tinnitus may also be as easy as switching medications.
If you start to notice your ears ringing when your allergies kick in, be sure to let your allergist know so they can figure out which of your allergy symptoms are behind your tinnitus symptoms.