There are two kinds of anxiety. You can have common anxiety, that sensation you get when you’re involved with a crisis. And then there’s the kind of anxiety that isn’t actually attached to any one worry or event. They feel the anxiety frequently, regardless of what you’re doing or thinking about. It’s just there in the background all through the day. This sort of anxiety is usually more of a mental health issue than a neurological response.
Both forms of anxiety can be very unfavorable to the physical body. It can be especially damaging if you experience prolonged or chronic anxiety. Your alert status is heightened by all of the chemicals that are secreted during times of anxiety. For short durations, when you really need them, these chemicals are a positive thing but they can be damaging if they are produced over longer time periods. Specific physical symptoms will start to manifest if anxiety can’t be treated and lasts for longer periods of time.
Anxiety Has Distinct Physical Symptoms
Some symptoms of anxiety are:
- Feeling like something dreadful is about to occur
- Overall aches or discomfort in your body
- Loss of interest and depression
- A feeling of being agitated or aggravated
- A pounding heart or difficulty breathing typically connected to panic attacks
But chronic anxiety doesn’t necessarily appear in the ways that you might anticipate. Anxiety can even effect vague body functions including your hearing. For instance, anxiety has been connected with:
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be caused by the ears, is commonly 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 which are regulating the sense of balance).
- High Blood Pressure: And some of the consequences of anxiety are not at all surprising. In this case, we’re talking about elevated blood pressure. Known medically 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 caused by high blood pressure.
- Tinnitus: You probably understand that stress can cause the ringing in your ears to get worse, but did you know that there’s evidence that it can also cause the ringing in your ears to develop over time. This is called tinnitus (which can itself be caused by numerous other factors). For some, this may even manifest itself as a feeling of blockage or clogging of the ears.
Anxiety And Hearing Loss
Because this is a hearing website, we typically tend to focus on, 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 relatively disconcerting ways.
To start with, there’s the solitude. When a person suffers from hearing loss, tinnitus or even balance issues, they often withdraw from social contact. You may have seen this in your own family. Perhaps a relative just withdrew from conversations because they were embarrassed by having to constantly repeat what they said. Problems with balance present similar difficulties. It might influence your ability to drive or even walk, which can be embarrassing to admit to friends and family.
Social isolation is also connected to anxiety and depression for other reasons. Normally, you’re not going to be around anyone if you aren’t feeling like yourself. Sadly, one can wind up feeding the other and can become an unhealthy loop. The negative effects of isolation can happen rapidly and will bring about several other problems and can even result in mental decline. It can be even more challenging to overcome the effects of isolation if you’re dealing with hearing loss and anxiety.
Finding The Proper Treatment
Getting the correct treatment is important particularly given how much hearing loss, tinnitus, anxiety and isolation feed each other.
If tinnitus and hearing loss are symptoms you’re struggling with, getting proper treatment for them can also assist with your other symptoms. And in terms of anxiety and depression, connecting with others who can relate can be very helpful. Chronic anxiety is more severe when there is a strong sense of isolation and managing the symptoms can be helpful with that. Check with your general practitioner and hearing specialist to explore your choices for treatment. Depending on what your hearing test shows, the best treatment for hearing loss or tinnitus could be hearing aids. The most appropriate treatment for anxiety may involve medication or therapy. Tinnitus has also been found to be successfully treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Here’s to Your Health
We recognize that your mental and physical health can be severely impacted by anxiety.
We also realize that hearing loss can bring about isolation and mental decline. Coupled with anxiety, that’s a recipe for, well, a difficult time. Luckily, we have treatments for both conditions, and getting that treatment can make a huge, positive effect. Anxiety doesn’t need to have permanent effects on your body and the impact of anxiety on your body can be reversed. The key is getting treatment as soon as possible.