There are two types of anxiety. When you are coping with a crisis, that feeling that you have is referred to as common anxiety. And then you can have the type of anxiety that isn’t really linked to any one event or concern. No matter what’s going on around them or what’s on their mind, they regularly feel anxiety. It’s just there in the background all through the day. This kind of anxiety is normally more of a mental health concern than a neurological reaction.
Unfortunately, both forms of anxiety are pretty terrible for the human body. Prolonged periods of persistent anxiety can be especially bad. Your alert status is heightened by all of the chemicals that are produced when anxiety is experienced. For short periods, when you genuinely need them, these chemicals are good but they can be harmful if they are present over longer time periods. Over time, anxiety that cannot be treated or brought under control will begin to manifest in certain physical symptoms.
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
Some symptoms of anxiety are:
- Feeling agitated or aggravated
- Physical weakness
- Fear about approaching crisis
- Bodily discomfort
- Loss of interest and depression
- Panic attacks, shortness of breath and increased heart rate
But persistent anxiety doesn’t always manifest in the ways that you would predict. Anxiety can even effect obscure body functions including your hearing. For example, anxiety has been connected with:
- High Blood Pressure: And some of the effects of anxiety are not at all unexpected. 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 is, to make use of a colloquialism, bad news. Dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus can also be brought about by high blood pressure.
- Tinnitus: You probably know that stress can make the ringing your ears 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 several other factors). In some circumstances, the ears can feel clogged or blocked (it’s staggering what anxiety can do).
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be caused by the ears, is often a symptom of persistent anxiety. After all, the ears are generally responsible for your sense of balance (there are these three tubes in your inner ears that are regulating the sense of balance).
Anxiety And Hearing Loss
Because this is a hearing website, we usually tend to give attention to, well, hearing. And your how well to hear. Keeping that in mind, you’ll excuse us if we take a little time to talk about how anxiety and hearing loss can influence one another in some slightly disconcerting ways.
To start with, there’s the isolation. When someone has hearing loss, tinnitus or even balance issues, they often withdraw from social contact. Maybe you’ve experienced this with somebody you know. Maybe a relative just withdrew from conversations because they were embarrassed by having to constantly repeat what they said. The same is true for balance issues. It could affect your ability to walk or drive, which can be humiliating to admit to family and friends.
There are also other ways depression and anxiety can lead to social isolation. Typically, you’re not going to be around anyone if you aren’t feeling like yourself. Unfortunately, this can be something of a loop where one feeds into the other. That feeling of isolation can set in quickly and it can result in a host of other, closely related problems, including cognitive decline. It can be even more difficult to fight the effects of isolation if you’re dealing with hearing loss and anxiety.
Figuring Out How to Properly Manage Your Hearing Loss Issues
Getting the correct treatment is important especially given how much hearing loss, tinnitus, anxiety and isolation feed on each other.
All of the symptoms for these disorders can be helped by getting treatment for your tinnitus and hearing loss. Interacting with others has been shown to help reduce both depression and anxiety. Chronic anxiety is more severe when there is a strong sense of solitude and treating the symptoms can help with that. Consult your general practitioner and hearing specialist to explore your options for treatment. Depending on the results of your hearing test, the right treatment for hearing loss or tinnitus could involve hearing aids. And for anxiety, medication and other types of therapy could be required. Tinnitus has also been found to be effectively treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Here’s to Your Health
We understand that your mental and physical health can be severely affected by anxiety.
Isolation and cognitive decline have also been shown as a repercussion of hearing loss. When you add anxiety to the recipe, it makes for a pretty challenging situation. Luckily, we have treatments for both conditions, and obtaining that treatment can make a big, positive difference. The health impacts of anxiety don’t need to be permanent. What anxiety does to your body doesn’t need to last. The key is finding treatment as soon as possible.