Many people suffering from tinnitus never realize that their tinnitus is a result of their sinus infections. This is understandable because tinnitus occurs in the ears while sinuses affect the nose and nasal passages.
However, we must understand that tinnitus is not a disease but a side-effect of some other medical condition. There are many causes for tinnitus from exposure to loud noises continuously to even high blood pressure.
In this article, we’ll look at how sinusitis causes tinnitus. So, if you are suffering from sinusitis and also experiencing ringing or buzzing sensations in your ear, this may be your answer to the problem.
According to Med lexicon?s medical dictionary, sinusitis is the “Inflammation of the mucous membrane of any sinus, especially the Paranasal”. What that means is that sinusitis occurs when your nasal passage is inflamed due to dust, bacteria, viruses, fungi or other allergens.
There are four main sets of sinuses and they are all paired.
In each cheekbone, we have the maxillary sinuses which are the largest sinuses. These are the most commonly affected when a person has sinusitis. The frontal sinuses are located above the eyes on either side of the forehead. The ethmoid sinuses are located behind your nose bridge and between the eyes. Finally, the sphenoid sinuses are between the upper part of your nose and behind your eyes.
The Paranasal sinuses are located at the center of your face. These are air-filled sacs that are linked to the nasal passage with a series of apertures which are extremely important for the effective drainage of mucus.
There are 3 kinds of sinusitis.
Acute sinusitis – lasts up to a maximum of 4 weeks
Sub-acute sinusitis – lasts from 4 to 12 weeks
Chronic sinusitis – Lasts at least 12 weeks, or keeps coming back
When a person experiences sinusitis, there is pressure around the face and nose. The result is a feeling of discomfort ranging from nausea to dizzy spells and throbbing headaches. In serious cases, the airways are completely blocked and this leads to ringing in the ears. This is how sinusitis results in tinnitus.
Since most of the organs on the face are close to each other, problems with one may directly or indirectly affect the other. That is why swelling of the sinuses places pressure on the eardrums and the end result is a buzzing or ringing sound. Definitely no fun at all to the patient who has to deal with both his sinusitis and tinnitus issues.
Sinusitis is a difficult condition to treat because of the sensitivity of the patient to all the allergens in the air. However, it can be relieved by using nasal decongestants or antihistamines. These are just temporary, but for long term relief, one will need to get away to a place where they are not sensitive to the allergens in the air.
Just like tinnitus, the patient will need to address the root cause to experience relief. Thankfully, sinusitis can be alleviated by using antibiotics if things get too bad. Consulting a medical professional will be the best way to go about it.