Anxiety comes in two kinds. There’s common anxiety, that sensation you get when you’re involved with a crisis. And then there’s the type of anxiety that isn’t necessarily linked to any one worry or event. They feel the anxiety regularly, regardless of what you’re doing or thinking about. It’s just present in the background throughout the day. This type of anxiety is usually more of a mental health issue than a neurological reaction.
Both forms of anxiety can be very damaging to the physical body. It can be particularly harmful if you have sustained or chronic anxiety. When it’s anxious, your body produces all sorts of chemicals that heighten your alert status. For short durations, when you really require them, these chemicals are a positive thing but they can be harmful if they are produced over longer time periods. Over the long run, anxiety that cannot be managed or controlled will start to manifest in distinct physical symptoms.
Anxiety Has Distinct Physical Symptoms
Symptoms of anxiety often consist of:
- Depression and loss of interest in day to day activities
- Panic attacks, difficulty breathing and increased heart rate
- Feeling agitated or aggravated
- Bodily discomfort
- A feeling that something horrible is about to occur
But sometimes, anxiety manifests in unexpected ways. Indeed, there are some rather interesting ways that anxiety might actually wind up impacting things as seemingly obscure as your hearing. For instance, anxiety has been connected with:
- Tinnitus: You probably know that stress can cause the ringing in your ears to get worse, but did you know that there is evidence that it can also cause the ringing in your ears to develop over time. This is known as tinnitus (which can itself be caused by many other factors). For some, this may even manifest itself as a feeling of blockage or clogging of the ears.
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be related to the ears, is often a symptom of chronic anxiety. After all, the ears are typically responsible for your sense of balance (there are these three tubes inside of your inner ears that are regulating the sense of balance).
- High Blood Pressure: And a few of the consequences of anxiety are not at all surprising. In this case, we’re talking about elevated blood pressure. Known scientifically as hypertension, high blood pressure can have various negative secondary effects on you physically. It’s certainly not good. Dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus can also be triggered by high blood pressure.
Anxiety And Hearing Loss
Typically on a hearing blog such as this we would tend to focus on, well, hearing. And your how well to hear. With that in mind, you’ll excuse us if we spend a little bit of time talking about how anxiety and hearing loss can feed one another in some slightly disconcerting ways.
First of all, there’s the solitude. When someone has hearing loss, tinnitus or even balance problems, they often pull away from social contact. You may have seen this in your own relatives. Perhaps a relative just withdrew from conversations because they were embarrassed by having to constantly repeat themselves. The same holds true for balance issues. It can be difficult to admit to your friends and family that you have a hard time driving or even walking because you’re experiencing balance problems.
There are also other reasons why depression and anxiety can lead to social isolation. When you don’t feel yourself, you don’t want to be around other people. Sadly, one can end up feeding the other and can turn into an unhealthy loop. The negative effects of isolation can occur quickly and will lead to several other issues and can even result in cognitive decline. It can be even harder to combat the effects of isolation if you’re dealing with hearing loss and anxiety.
Figuring Out How to Properly Treat Your Hearing Loss Troubles
Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, anxiety and isolation can all feed on each other. That’s why getting the correct treatment is so crucial.
All of the symptoms for these conditions can be assisted by obtaining treatment for your tinnitus and hearing loss. And in terms of anxiety and depression, interacting with others who can relate can be extremely helpful. Prolonged anxiety is more severe when there is a strong sense of solitude and dealing with the symptoms can be helpful with that. Consult your general practitioner and hearing specialist to examine your options for treatment. Hearing aids could be the best solution as part of your treatment depending on the results of your hearing exam. And for anxiety, medication and other forms of therapy may be necessary. Tinnitus has also been found to be successfully treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Here’s to Your Health
We understand that your mental and physical health can be severely impacted by anxiety.
Isolation and cognitive decline have also been recognized as a repercussion of hearing loss. When you add anxiety to the recipe, you can have a pretty difficult situation. Fortunately, a positive difference can be accomplished by getting the correct treatment for both conditions. The health affects of anxiety don’t need to be permanent. What anxiety does to your body doesn’t have to last. The key is getting treatment as soon as you can.