Anxiety comes in two kinds. When you are involved with an emergency situation, that feeling that you have is known as common anxiety. Some individuals feel anxiety even when there are no distinct situations or concerns to link it to. They feel anxious frequently, regardless of what you happen to be doing or thinking about. It’s more of a generalized feeling that seems to be there all day. This second form is generally the kind of anxiety that’s less of a neuro-typical reaction and more of a mental health concern.

Regrettably, both types of anxiety are pretty terrible for the human body. It can be particularly damaging if you have prolonged or chronic anxiety. Your alert status is raised by all of the chemicals that are produced during times of anxiety. It’s a good thing in the short term, but damaging over extended periods of time. Certain physical symptoms will begin to appear if anxiety can’t be managed and persists for longer periods of time.

Anxiety Has Distinct Bodily Symptoms

Some symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Fear about approaching disaster
  • Feeling as if you’re coming out of your skin
  • Panic attacks, shortness of breath and raised heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Melancholy and loss of interest in activities or daily life
  • Physical weakness
  • Overall pain or discomfort in your body

But sometimes, anxiety manifests in surprising ways. Anxiety can even effect vague body functions such as your hearing. As an example, anxiety has been connected with:

  • Tinnitus: Did you realize that stress not only worsens tinnitus but that it can cause the development of that ringing. This is known as tinnitus (which can itself be caused by a lot of other factors). For some, this might 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 unexpected. Elevated blood pressure is one of those. Known medically as hypertension, high blood pressure can have various negative secondary effects on your body. It is, to make use of a colloquialism, not so great. High blood pressure has also been recognized to cause hearing loss, dizziness and tinnitus.
  • Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be related to the ears, is often a symptom of prolonged anxiety. After all, the ears are typically responsible for your sense of balance (there are these three tubes in your inner ears which are controlling the sense of balance).

Anxiety And Hearing Loss

Because this is a hearing website, we typically tend to focus on, well, hearing. And how well you hear. With that in mind, you’ll excuse us if we take a little time to talk about how hearing loss and anxiety can feed each other in some fairly disconcerting ways.

First off, there’s the solitude. People often withdraw from social activities when they have hearing loss, tinnitus or balance troubles. Maybe you’ve seen this with someone you know. Maybe a relative just withdrew from conversations because they were embarrassed by having to constantly repeat themselves. Problems with balance present similar difficulties. It can be hard to admit to your family and friends that you have a difficult time driving or even walking because you have balance troubles.

Social isolation is also linked to depression and anxiety for other reasons. Usually, you aren’t going to be around people if you aren’t feeling like yourself. Sadly, one can wind up feeding the other and can turn into an unhealthy loop. The negative effects of isolation can happen quickly and will trigger numerous other problems and can even result in cognitive decline. For someone who struggles with anxiety and hearing loss, fighting against that shift toward isolation can be even more difficult.

Determining How to Correctly Treat Your Hearing Loss Issues

Tinnitus, hearing loss, anxiety and isolation can all feed on each other. That’s why finding the correct treatment is so crucial.

If hearing loss and tinnitus are symptoms you’re struggling with, obtaining correct treatment for them can also help with your other symptoms. And in terms of depression and anxiety, interacting with others who can relate can be really helpful. Prolonged anxiety is more serious when there is an overwhelming sense of separation and treating the symptoms can be helpful with that. So that you can determine what treatments will be most effective for your situation, talk to your doctor and your hearing specialist. Hearing aids might be the best option as part of your treatment depending on the results of your hearing exam. The most appropriate treatment for anxiety might include medication or therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has also been shown to help deal with tinnitus.

Here’s to Your Health

We understand that your mental and physical health can be seriously affected by anxiety.

Isolation and cognitive decline have also been recognized as a consequence of hearing loss. Coupled with anxiety, that’s a recipe for, well, a challenging time. Fortunately, a positive difference can be achieved by getting the correct treatment for both conditions. Anxiety doesn’t need to have long lasting effects on your body and the impact of anxiety on your body can be counteracted. The sooner you get treatment, the better.

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