Ringing ears? It may be connected to your intuition. Learn more about the spiritual meaning of problems with the ears.
The ears—most of us don’t think much about them unless something goes wrong. Our ears are easy to take for granted. Unlike our eyes, which we can close to block out sight, for those of us with full hearing, our ears are always “on,” constantly receiving information. As always, talk to your doctor if you have concerns about muffled hearing, have difficulty hearing, or hear ringing in the ears. But what might be the spiritual meaning of ear problems?
Physical symptoms often (but not always) have a relationship with our spirit, our energetic and emotional selves. This doesn’t mean our symptoms aren’t real, and it doesn’t mean we don’t need medical attention. But understanding the spiritual or energetic meaning of a given symptom, especially if it is chronic or not responding to medical intervention, can help give us more information on how to work with our systems as a whole and what we might need in order to support our body’s healing, with or without medical assistance.
Problems in the Throat Chakra
The ears are directly connected to the throat chakra, the energy center located at the base of the throat that relates to our speech and ability to express ourselves. It’s also connected to our hearing, as well as our ability to listen, to be inspired by the outside world, and to receive and integrate information. While the throat and vocal cords help us express ourselves emotionally, creatively, and intellectually, the ears help us listen, integrate, and understand.
The throat is also the middle point between the heart and the mind. When there is a conflict between how we feel and what we think, the throat chakra can get caught in the middle. Ask yourself these questions:
Are you listening?
Do you feel capable of expressing yourself in relationships with others?
Is there something you’re having trouble integrating?
Is there a disconnect between your heart and your mind?
When we have difficulty hearing in the physical sense, there may be something happening in our lives that we don’t want to hear emotionally. There may be information coming in that we are having trouble processing. Sometimes there is an experience from the distant past that we haven’t fully processed, causing it to get “fuzzy” in our heads.
Is there something happening that you’re having trouble accepting, understanding, or even acknowledging?
Is there something from your past or present that you might want to protect yourself from?
Are you listening to the world around you?
Are you listening to your own intuition, emotions, and body?
Overwhelm and Overstimulation
Muffled hearing or ringing in the ears can indicate the need for a break from the world’s simulation when it all feels like too much. Because our ears are directly connected to our internal alarm system, they are always open, partly so that we can detect a threat when we are sleeping or vulnerable.
When we’ve been experiencing too much stress, when something feels invasive, or when we feel unable to protect ourselves effectively, our ears may be constantly ringing, as if an alarm is going off 24/7. Or our ears may react by shutting out all input, leaving us vulnerable to harm. Ask yourself these questions:
Have you been feeling physically or emotionally vulnerable?
What is your relationship with fear? Does it effectively protect you from harm?
Are you exhausted?
Are you feeling invaded, especially by sound? Do you need quiet time?
If any of these questions resonate with you, you may need to have a conversation with someone, express yourself artistically, or take a break from overstimulation. Your system may also be trying to integrate something from the past, and if that’s the case, you may want to work with a trusted counselor that you feel safe enough to address it with.