There are two kinds of anxiety. When you are coping with an emergency situation, that feeling that you have is called common anxiety. And then there’s the kind of anxiety that isn’t actually connected to any one worry or event. Regardless of what’s going on in their lives or what they’re thinking about, they often feel anxiety. It’s just present in the background throughout the day. This kind of anxiety is normally more of a mental health concern than a neurological reaction.
Unfortunately, both types of anxiety are harmful for the human body. Extended periods of persistent anxiety can be especially bad. When it feels anxiety, your body releases all sorts of chemicals that raise your alert status. It’s good in the short term, but damaging over a long period of time. 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:
- Feeling as if you’re coming out of your skin
- Bodily pain
- A thumping heart or shortness of breath typically associated with panic attacks
- Fear about approaching disaster
- Depression and loss of interest in activities or daily life
But in some cases, anxiety is experienced in unexpected ways. Anxiety can even effect obscure body functions like your hearing. For instance, anxiety has been connected with:
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be caused by the ears, is commonly a symptom of prolonged anxiety. After all, the ears are generally in control of your sense of balance (there are these three tubes in your inner ears which are controlling the sense of balance).
- Tinnitus: Are you aware that stress not only worsens the ringing in your ears but that it can cause the development of that ringing. This is known as tinnitus (which can itself be caused by numerous other factors). In some situations, the ears can feel clogged or blocked (it’s amazing what anxiety can do).
- High Blood Pressure: And then there are some ways that anxiety affects your body in exactly the way you’d expect it to. Elevated blood pressure is one of those. Known medically as hypertension, high blood pressure can have an array of 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.
Anxiety And Hearing Loss
Because this is a hearing website, we usually tend to focus on, well, hearing. And how well you hear. With that in mind, you’ll forgive us if we spend a little bit of time talking about how hearing loss and anxiety can feed one another in some slightly disturbing ways.
The solitude is the primary concern. People tend to withdraw from social experiences when they suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus or balance troubles. You might have experienced this with your own relatives. Perhaps one of your parents got tired of asking you what you said, or didn’t want to deal with the embarrassment of not comprehending and so they stopped talking so much. The same is true for balance problems. It can be difficult to admit to your friends and family that you have a difficult time driving or even walking because you’re experiencing balance problems.
Social isolation is also linked to anxiety and depression for other reasons. When you don’t feel like yourself, you won’t want to be around others. Sadly, one can end up feeding the other and can turn into an unhealthy loop. That sense of solitude can develop quickly and it can result in a host of other, closely associated issues, including decline of cognitive function. For somebody who deals with anxiety and hearing loss, battling against that shift toward isolation can be even more difficult.
Figuring Out How to Correctly Treat Your Hearing Loss Issues
Getting the proper treatment is significant especially given how much anxiety, hearing loss, tinnitus and isolation feed each other.
All of the symptoms for these ailments can be helped by obtaining treatment for your tinnitus and hearing loss. And in terms of depression and anxiety, interacting with others who can relate can be very helpful. Chronic anxiety is more serious when there is an overwhelming sense of separation and managing the symptoms can be helpful with that. So that you can figure out what treatments are best for you, consult your doctor and your hearing specialist. Depending on what your hearing test shows, the right treatment for hearing loss or tinnitus might be hearing aids. And for anxiety, medication and other types of therapy could be necessary. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has also been demonstrated to help deal with tinnitus.
Here’s to Your Health
We know, then, that anxiety can have very real, very severe repercussions for your physical health and your mental health.
We also know that hearing loss can result in isolation and mental decline. When you add anxiety to the recipe, you can have a very difficult situation. Luckily, we have treatments for both conditions, and getting that treatment can make a big, positive effect. Anxiety doesn’t have to have permanent effects on your body and the impact of anxiety on your body can be reversed. The sooner you get treatment, the better.