There are two kinds of anxiety. When you are involved with a crisis, that feeling that you get is known as common anxiety. And then you can have the type of anxiety that isn’t really attached to any one worry or situation. No matter what’s happening in their lives or what’s on their mind, they frequently feel anxiety. It’s more of a generalized feeling that seems to be there all day. This second kind is typically the kind of anxiety that’s not so much a neuro-typical reaction and more of a mental health issue.
Regrettably, both types of anxiety are pretty terrible for the human body. It can be especially harmful if you have sustained or chronic anxiety. When it feels anxiety, your body produces all kinds of chemicals that raise your alert status. For short durations, when you really need them, these chemicals are a good thing but they can be damaging if they are present over longer time periods. Over the long run, anxiety that cannot be treated or brought under control will begin to manifest in certain physical symptoms.
Anxiety Has Distinct Physical Symptoms
Symptoms of anxiety commonly include:
- General pain or soreness in your body
- A thumping heart or shortness of breath commonly linked to panic attacks
- Paranoia about approaching crisis
- Feeling agitated or irritated
- Depression and loss of interest in activities or daily life
But persistent anxiety doesn’t necessarily appear in the ways that you would predict. Indeed, there are some fairly interesting ways that anxiety could actually wind up affecting things as seemingly obscure as your hearing. For example, anxiety has been connected with:
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be related to the ears, is often a symptom of chronic anxiety. Keep in mind, your sense of balance is controlled by the ears (there are these three tubes inside of your inner ears that are controlling the sense of balance).
- Tinnitus: Did you realize that stress not only worsens tinnitus but that it can also be responsible for the onset of that ringing. This is known as tinnitus (which, itself can have any number of other causes too). In certain circumstances, the ears can feel clogged or blocked (it’s amazing what anxiety can do).
- High Blood Pressure: And a few of the consequences of anxiety are not at all unexpected. 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’s definitely not good. High blood pressure has also been known to cause hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness.
Hearing Loss And Anxiety
Since this is a hearing website, we typically tend to focus on, well, the ears. And your how well to hear. Keeping that in mind, you’ll excuse us if we spend a little bit of time talking about how hearing loss and anxiety can influence one another in some fairly disturbing ways.
To start with, there’s the solitude. People tend to withdraw from social activities when they suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus or balance troubles. Maybe you’ve seen this with somebody you know. Perhaps your mother or father got tired of asking you what you said, or didn’t want to be embarrassed by not comprehending and so they stopped talking so much. Issues with balance present similar difficulties. It could influence your ability to drive or even walk, which can be embarrassing to admit to friends and family.
There are also other reasons why depression and anxiety can lead to social isolation. Usually, you aren’t going to be around anyone if you aren’t feeling like yourself. Sadly, one can end up feeding the other and can turn into an unhealthy loop. That feeling of isolation can set in quickly and it can lead to a number of other, closely related issues, such as decline of cognitive function. It can be even harder to overcome the effects of isolation if you have hearing loss and anxiety.
Discovering The Appropriate Treatment
Getting the correct treatment is significant particularly given how much hearing loss, tinnitus, anxiety and isolation feed on each other.
If tinnitus and hearing loss are symptoms you’re struggling with, getting correct treatment for them can also help with your other symptoms. And as far as depression and anxiety, connecting with others who can relate can be very helpful. Chronic anxiety is more serious when there is a strong sense of separation and treating the symptoms can help with that. In order to decide what treatments will be most effective for your situation, talk to your doctor and your hearing specialist. Hearing aids could be the best solution as part of your treatment depending on what your hearing test reveals. The most appropriate treatment for anxiety might include medication or therapy. Tinnitus has also been shown to be successfully treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Here’s to Your Health
We recognize that your mental and physical health can be seriously impacted by anxiety.
Isolation and cognitive decline have also been shown as a repercussion of hearing loss. Coupled with anxiety, that’s a recipe for, well, a difficult time. Thankfully, treatments exist for both conditions, and getting that treatment can make a big, positive difference. Anxiety doesn’t have to have permanent effects on your body and the impact of anxiety on your body can be counteracted. The key is finding treatment as soon as possible.