Does Stress Make Tinnitus Worse?

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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How does stress affect tinnitus?

Doctor's response

Tinnitus is the sensation of ringing, buzzing, or other noises in the ears when there is no external source of the noise. There are many causes of tinnitus, including (but not limited to) exposure to loud noises, ear injuries, allergies, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid disease, and medication use.

Many people who suffer from tinnitus report that emotional stress worsens their symptoms. Although it may exacerbate the problem, psychological stress alone is not a known cause of tinnitus.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCE:

"Etiology and diagnosis of tinnitus"
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Reviewed on 8/21/2017

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