Why is My Ear Ringing After Covid Vaccine?
The side-effects of COVID vaccines may be serious in a few isolated cases; however these fade somewhat in the light of the immense benefits. None the less, it’s a fact some people are staying away out of concerns of what could happen. This could include outbreaks of tinnitus. Today we discuss ear ringing after COVID vaccine, and do our best to separate fact from fiction.
Fact: COVID Vaccine Tinnitus Can Happen
The British Tinnitus Association is an austere organization not known for taking health matters lightly. It confirmed the UK Medicines and Health Care Regulator received 4,240 reports of COVID ear ringing, out of a total 40.8 million first doses (and 28.5 million second doses).
When we ran the numbers they told us this means there is a 1:9,600 chance of ears ringing from the vaccine. However, this does not change the fact there are people out there battling with tinnitus sounds in their heads. We decided to find out why this happens, how long it lasts, and whether there are any treatments.
Fact: CDC Says Anxiety is Behind Ears Ringing
Medical News Today reports a number of post-Covid vaccine responses. These include blackouts, ringing in the ears, fainting, dizziness, hyperventilation, and nausea. These can be scary events, especially after an injection. However, they apparently don’t just raise anxiety levels.
Centers for Disease Control Says Anxiety Causes COVID Tinnitus
CDC published a report on what it called ‘Anxiety-Related Adverse Clusters’ on May 5, 2021. This formed part of its weekly Mortality and Morbidity Report on the COVID-19 pandemic in United States.
The report was in the context of the Jansen vaccine. However, it seems likely to apply to the other vaccines too, although the thrombosis incidents would have been high on respondent’s minds.
The five sites reported 64 anxiety-related events shortly after COVID jabs, including 17 fainting episodes. The likelihood of these was 8.2 per 100,000 doses after the vaccine.
By comparison, the rate after Influenza jabs was a far lower 0.05 per 100,000 doses. But their report did not refer to ears ringing after COVID vaccine specifically. We returned to an old friend to find out whether there is a relationship between anxiety and tinnitus.
Could Anxiety Really Cause COVID Ear Ringing After Jabs?
The British Tinnitus Association says tinnitus (or sounds in your mind nobody else hears) affects 12.5% of the UK population, and for that matter a similar proportion in the United States, we imagine. However, most people say the sounds don’t cause them problems that disrupt their lifestyles.
But - and this is where it gets really interesting – their stress levels may cause anxiety bouts that increase tinnitus levels. In fact, the Association believes higher stressed people are more likely to be troubled by tinnitus. And this in turn may raise their tinnitus levels further.
Ear Ringing After COVID Vaccine Should Therefore Gradually Subside
The commonest causes of tinnitus are hearing damage, noise-induced hearing loss, or age-related hearing loss according to Wikipedia. Other possible causes include ear infections, disease of the heart or blood vessels, inner-ear ménière's disease, brain tumors, exposure to certain medications, a previous head injury, or an accumulation of earwax.
However – and this appears to be the heart of the matter in terms of COVID vaccine tinnitus – ‘tinnitus can suddenly emerge during emotional stress’, especially when associated with depression. It follows that the ‘cure’ could lie in managing anxiety.
The British Tinnitus Association has a number of helpful suggestions to bring anxiety causing, and caused by tinnitus bouts under control:
- Be aware if you are in a potentially stressful situation
- Question the truth of thoughts in your mind causing stress
- Is there anything that convinces you those thoughts are true …
- What is the worst that could develop if the anxiety happened …
- How would you advise a friend to cope in a similar situation …
- What would your best friend say if they were with you in the room …
What You Could Do If the Tinnitus Lingers On
Tinnitus, as we have mentioned, is an involuntary event in an individual’s mind. They don’t cause it intentionally. It’s like an itch they can’t scratch because it ‘has its own mind’. Many affected people have had some success by wearing hearing aids, and turning the volume up to distract them.
We’re not saying this helps all tinnitus sufferers. However, if you have tinnitus you may like to source a pair from us. The chances are good you have faded hearing too, if you are over fifty. And if you don’t benefit from our hearing aids, then we offer a money-back return policy.