A Constant Noise in Your Ears May Be a Sign Your Blood Pressure Is High
Tinnitus is a common condition that causes phantom sounds in the ear or ears, such as ringing, buzzing, or humming. Although tinnitus is typically related to hearing loss, injury, or certain medications, it can also be caused by hypertension. Any condition that alters how blood flows in the blood vessels can cause or worsen tinnitus. In people with hypertension, the blood vessels are narrow, causing blood to push against the walls of blood vessels like water in an overfilled balloon. This pressure increases the force of the blood flowing through blood vessels, including those in and around the ears. The result is pulsatile tinnitus, which causes a wooshing or pulsating sound associated with a higher force of blood flow. While pulsatile tinnitus isn’t usually serious, it can become distracting and make sleeping or concentrating difficult. More importantly, the condition may be a sign of hypertension or other blood vessel issues.