Can Cold Weather Cause Tinnitus? Posted on November 3, 2022 by Advanced ENT & Allergy Temperatures are cooling, and winter weather is upon us. If you have tinnitus, you may have noticed that your symptoms tend to be more pronounced in cold weather. What Is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is the experience of ringing in the ears. However, some people also describe hearing buzzing, hissing, roaring or clicking sounds as well. In most cases, tinnitus is subjective, meaning that it can only be heard by the person experiencing it. While some people experience only mild or acute symptoms that resolve themselves in a few days, others have persistent symptoms that can last months or even years. Some people with tinnitus may notice that certain conditions or times of year seem to make the ringing in their ears worse. Research on Cold Weather and Tinnitus One study examined internet search trends for a decade for the term tinnitus in multiple countries. Their findings “indicate that there are significant seasonal trends for Internet search queries for tinnitus, with a zenith in winter months.” Why Can the Cold Make Tinnitus Worse? Tinnitus is always a symptom of another condition and has many causes as well as factors that can exacerbate the ringing sensation. Some of these are more likely to be experienced in winter months, including: Increased nasal pressure from colds and the fluCold weather causing an overproduction of earwax. This can lead to earwax potentially blocking the canal and muffling your hearing or causing temporary hearing loss, which can make tinnitus worse.Stress due to the holidaysDepression and anxiety that worsens with a change of season Preventing Your Ears From Ringing This Winter You can take steps to protect your ears and minimize tinnitus flare-ups this winter by doing the following: Wear protective gear. Stop by a clothing store at Cherry Hill Mall and pick up a thermal hat or earmuffs to keep your ears warm.If you’re experiencing earwax buildup, visit an ENT specialist for safe earwax removal or ask your doctor about potential home care steps.Wearing hearing aids if your tinnitus is associated with hearing loss.Schedule an appointment for a hearing test if the ringing has worsened.Treat any underlying conditions that are causing or worsening your tinnitus. While it isn’t always possible to find a cause, identifying and treating the reason behind your tinnitus is often the best step in reducing or eliminating your symptoms.Try other tinnitus management techniques like sound therapy, relaxation techniques, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy. If tinnitus symptoms are impacting your quality of life, contact Advanced ENT & Allergy today for more information or to schedule an appointment. What Is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?3 Common Causes of TinnitusCan OTC Pain Relievers Cause Tinnitus?