There are two types of anxiety. When you are dealing with a crisis, that feeling that you get is called common anxiety. Some people feel anxiety even when there aren’t any specific situations or concerns to connect it to. Regardless of what’s happening around them or what’s on their mind, they frequently feel anxiety. It’s more of a general sensation that seems to pervade the day. This second type is typically the type of anxiety that’s not so much a neuro-typical reaction and more of a mental health issue.
Both forms of anxiety can be very unfavorable to the physical body. Long periods of persistent anxiety can be especially bad. Your alert status is heightened by all of the chemicals that are produced during times of anxiety. It’s good in the short term, but harmful over extended periods of time. Over time, anxiety that can’t be treated or controlled will start to manifest in distinct physical symptoms.
Anxiety Has Distinct Physical Symptoms
Symptoms of anxiety typically consist of:
- A pounding heart or difficulty breathing often connected to panic attacks
- Melancholy and loss of interest in activities or daily life
- A feeling that something dreadful is about to occur
- Bodily discomfort
- Feeling as if you are coming out of your skin
But sometimes, anxiety manifests in unexpected ways. Anxiety can even impact obscure body functions including your hearing. For example, anxiety has been connected with:
- High Blood Pressure: And a few 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 often has very negative effects on the body. It’s certainly not good. Dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus can also be brought about by high blood pressure.
- Tinnitus: Did you realize that stress not only worsens tinnitus but that it can cause the development of that ringing. This is called tinnitus (which can itself be caused by a lot of other factors). For a few, this might even reveal itself as a feeling of blockage or clogging of the ears.
- Dizziness: Dizziness, which can also be related to the ears, is often a symptom of persistent anxiety. After all, the ears are typically in control of your sense of balance (there are these three tubes inside of your inner ears which are controlling the sense of balance).
Hearing Loss And Anxiety
Generally on a hearing blog like this we would tend to concentrate on, well, hearing. And your how well to hear. So let’s talk a bit about how anxiety impacts your hearing.
First off, there’s the isolation. When a person has hearing loss, tinnitus or even balance issues, they tend to withdraw from social interactions. You might have seen this in your own relatives. Perhaps a relative just withdrew from conversations because they were embarrassed by having to constantly repeat themselves. Issues with balance present similar difficulties. It could impact your ability to drive or even walk, which can be humiliating to admit to friends and family.
There are also other ways depression and anxiety can lead to social isolation. When you don’t feel like yourself, you don’t want to be with others. Sadly, one can wind up feeding the other and can become an unhealthy loop. The negative effects of isolation can happen quickly and will trigger various other problems and can even result in mental decline. For someone who suffers from anxiety and hearing loss, battling against that shift toward isolation can be even more challenging.
Choosing The Right Treatment
Tinnitus, hearing loss, anxiety and isolation can all feed on each other. That’s why finding the correct treatment is so important.
If hearing loss and tinnitus are symptoms you’re dealing with, getting proper 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 very helpful. Chronic anxiety is more severe when there is an overwhelming sense of separation and dealing with the symptoms can be helpful with that. Consult your general practitioner and hearing specialist to explore your options for treatment. Hearing aids could be the best choice as part of your treatment depending on what your hearing test reveals. And for anxiety, medication and other forms of therapy may be required. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has also been proven to help deal with tinnitus.
Here’s to Your Health
We know, then, that anxiety can have very real, very severe repercussions on your physical health and your mental health.
We also realize that hearing loss can result in isolation and cognitive decline. Coupled with anxiety, that’s a recipe for, well, a challenging time. Luckily, treatments exist for both conditions, and getting that treatment can make a huge, positive effect. Anxiety doesn’t need to have long lasting effects on your body and the impact of anxiety on your body can be reversed. The key is finding treatment as soon as you can.