There are two types of anxiety. When you are dealing with a crisis, that feeling that you get is referred to as common anxiety. Some individuals experience anxiety even when there are no specific situations or concerns to link it to. They feel anxious regularly, regardless of what you’re doing or thinking about. It’s just present in the background all through the day. This second form is usually the type of anxiety that’s less of a neuro-typical reaction and more of a mental health problem.
Unfortunately, both forms of anxiety are pretty terrible for the human body. Extended periods of persistent anxiety can be especially bad. When it’s anxious, your body produces a myriad of chemicals that raise your alert status. For short periods, when you genuinely require them, these chemicals are a positive thing but they can be damaging if they are present over longer periods of time. Over time, anxiety that cannot be managed or controlled will start to manifest in certain physical symptoms.
Bodily Symptoms of Anxiety
Some symptoms of anxiety are:
- A feeling that something horrible is about to happen
- Bodily discomfort
- Melancholy and loss of interest in activities or daily life
- A racing heart or difficulty breathing commonly connected to panic attacks
- Feeling as if you’re coming out of your skin
But sometimes, anxiety manifests in unexpected ways. Anxiety can even impact vague body functions like your hearing. As an example, anxiety has been associated with:
- High Blood Pressure: And then there are some ways that anxiety influences 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 often has extremely negative effects on the body. It’s certainly not good. Dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus can also be caused by high blood pressure.
- Dizziness: Prolonged anxiety can occasionally cause dizziness, which is a condition that could also stem from the ears. Do not forget, your sense of balance is governed by the ears (there are these three tubes in your inner ears which are regulating the sense of balance).
- Tinnitus: Did you realize that stress not only exacerbates 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 a lot of other factors). For some, this could even manifest itself as a feeling that the ears are blocked or clogged.
Anxiety And Hearing Loss
Because this is a hearing website, we typically tend to focus on, well, the ears. And your how well to hear. So let’s talk a little about how your hearing is impacted by anxiety.
The isolation is the primary concern. When someone has tinnitus, hearing loss or even balance issues, they often withdraw from social interactions. You may have seen this in your own relatives. Maybe your mother or father got tired of asking you what you said, or didn’t want to be embarrassed by not understanding and so they stopped talking so much. Problems with balance present similar troubles. It can be tough to admit to your family and friends that you have a hard time driving or even walking because you’re experiencing balance problems.
Social isolation is also associated with depression and anxiety for other reasons. When you don’t feel yourself, you don’t want to be around other people. Unfortunately, this can be somewhat of a circle where one feeds into the other. That sense of solitude can develop quickly and it can result in a variety of other, closely related problems, including cognitive decline. It can be even harder to fight the effects of isolation if you’re dealing with hearing loss and anxiety.
Discovering The Correct Treatment
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 assisted by getting treatment for your tinnitus and hearing loss. Interacting with others has been shown to help relieve both anxiety and depression. At the very least, treating these symptoms can help with the sense of isolation that could make prolonged anxiety more extreme. Check with your general practitioner and hearing specialist to explore your choices for treatment. Hearing aids could be the best solution as part of your treatment depending on the results of your hearing exam. The best treatment for anxiety might include therapy or medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has also been proven to help control 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.
Isolation and cognitive decline have also been shown as a consequence of hearing loss. Together with anxiety, that’s a recipe for, well, a challenging time. Thankfully, treatments exist for both conditions, and getting that treatment can make a big, positive effect. Anxiety doesn’t need to have long lasting effects on your body and the impact of anxiety on your body can be counteracted. The key is finding treatment as soon as you can.