High blood pressure can be described as an insidious condition due to its lack of symptoms and signs. Left untreated, dangerous health conditions could ensue including heart attacks or strokes. If a person hears a constant ringing in their ears it could signal another condition.
What is tinnitus?
Mayo Clinic said: “Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears.
“A common problem, tinnitus affects about 15 to 20 percent of people.
“Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself – it’s a symptom of an underlying condition.
“Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn’t a sign of something serious.
“Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment.
In rare cases, tinnitus is caused by a blood vessel disorder.
This type of tinnitus is called pulsatile tinnitus and the cause could be high blood pressure.
Hypertension and factors that increase blood pressure, such as stress, alcohol and caffeine can make tinnitus more noticeable.
High blood pressure can cause changes to a person’s blood viscosity.
Blood viscosity is the measurement of thickness and stickiness of the blood and determines how easily the blood flows through the blood vessels.
Having an increased blood viscosity can mean that less blood flow through the capillaries supplying the inner ear structures, and, as a result, less oxygen reaches this part of the ear.
Over time, this can lead to developing problems with hearing and potential hearing loss.
There are three main potential links between high blood pressure and tinnitus which include medication used to treat high blood pressure, stress and anxiety and circulatory issues, leading to high blood pressure.