Anxiety comes in two varieties. When you are involved with an emergency situation, that feeling that you get is referred to as common anxiety. And then there’s the type of anxiety that isn’t actually attached to any one event or concern. They feel anxious regularly, regardless of what you happen to be doing or thinking about. It’s more of a general sensation that seems to pervade the day. This second form is typically the type of anxiety that’s less of a neuro-typical reaction and more of a mental health problem.
Both kinds of anxiety can be very unfavorable to the physical body. Extended periods of chronic anxiety can be especially negative. Your alert status is raised by all of the chemicals that are secreted when anxiety is experienced. For short durations, when you genuinely require them, these chemicals are good but they can be damaging if they are present over longer time periods. Over the long run, anxiety that cannot be dealt with or brought under control will begin to manifest in distinct physical symptoms.
Anxiety Has Distinct Bodily Symptoms
Some symptoms of anxiety are:
- Melancholy and loss of interest in day to day activities
- Feeling like you are coming out of your skin
- A racing heart or difficulty breathing often connected to panic attacks
- Overall aches or soreness in your body
- Fear about approaching crisis
But persistent anxiety doesn’t always appear in the ways that you may anticipate. Indeed, there are some pretty interesting ways that anxiety might actually wind up affecting things as seemingly vague as your hearing. For example, anxiety has been connected with:
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be caused by the ears, is often a symptom of persistent anxiety. Do not forget, the sense of balance is controlled by the ears (there are these three tubes in your inner ears which are controlling the sense of balance).
- Tinnitus: You probably understand that stress can cause the ringing in your ears to get worse, but did you realize that there’s evidence that it can also cause the ringing in your ears to develop over time. This is known as tinnitus (which, itself can have any number of other causes as well). For some, this could even reveal itself as a feeling that the ears are blocked or clogged.
- High Blood Pressure: And a few of the effects 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 many negative secondary effects on you physically. It’s definitely not good. Dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus can also be triggered by high blood pressure.
Anxiety And Hearing Loss
Typically on a hearing blog like this we would normally focus on, well, hearing. And your how well to hear. So let’s talk a little about how your hearing is impacted by anxiety.
First off, there’s the isolation. People tend to pull away from social experiences when they suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus or balance issues. You may have experienced this with your own family. Perhaps your mother or father got tired of asking you to repeat yourself, or didn’t want to be embarrassed by not comprehending and so they stopped talking so much. Issues with balance come with similar difficulties. It could influence your ability to walk or drive, which can be embarrassing to admit to family and friends.
Social isolation is also associated with anxiety and depression for other reasons. Normally, you aren’t going to be around people if you’re not feeling like yourself. Sadly, one can end up feeding the other and can turn into an unhealthy loop. That sense of isolation can develop quickly and it can result in a variety of other, closely associated problems, such as decline of cognitive function. It can be even more challenging to overcome the effects of isolation if you’re dealing with hearing loss and anxiety.
Getting The Proper Treatment
Getting the proper treatment is significant especially given how much anxiety, hearing loss, tinnitus and isolation feed each other.
If hearing loss and tinnitus are symptoms you’re dealing with, getting correct treatment for them can also assist with your other symptoms. Connecting with others has been shown to help reduce both depression and anxiety. At the very least, treating these symptoms can help with the sense of isolation that might make chronic anxiety more severe. So that you can figure out what treatments are best for you, talk to your doctor and your hearing specialist. Hearing aids could be the best choice as part of your treatment depending on what your hearing test reveals. And for anxiety, medication and other kinds of therapy could be necessary. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has also been proven to help deal with tinnitus.
Here’s to Your Health
We understand that your mental and physical health can be severely affected by anxiety.
We also realize that hearing loss can bring about isolation and mental decline. When you add anxiety to the recipe, it makes for a very 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. The effect of anxiety on your body does not need to be long lasting. The key is finding treatment as soon as you can.