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How Anxiety Affects Hearing

Daniel Sher, MA, Clin Psychology
How Anxiety Affects Hearing

Your ears and your hearing are surprisingly sensitive to changes in you body, brain and environment. Much like the way that your ears pop and plug when you go up or down hills or travel in an aeroplane, changes in your body's stasis can cause your hearing and ears to feel different at certain times.

Since anxiety is a condition that affects the body as well as the mind, it should be no surprise that anxiety also can affect your hearing. But how? We'll explore that question in this article.

Issues That Affect Hearing

Some symptoms of anxiety represent real physiological changes in the way your body reacts to stress. Others are perceived changes - meaning that your symptoms aren't caused by any physical issue, but rather the way that your mind interprets information.

There are many different issues related to anxiety that affect hearing. These include:

How to Stop Hearing Problems From Anxiety

There isn't a direct way to address the hearing issues that are linked to anxiety. However, this potentially distressing symptom can be addressed indirectly. How? By treating your underlying anxiety, you’re less likely to experience and be affected by symptoms related to your hearing. Psychotherapy is one way of treating your anxiety, although this can also be treated by means of medication. Take the necessary steps today to start addressing your underlying anxiety and stand to benefit from an improved quality of life.

Article Resources
  1. Probst, Thomas, et al. Emotional states as mediators between tinnitus loudness and tinnitus distress in daily life: Results from the “TrackYourTinnitus” application. Scientific Reports 6 (2016): 20382. 
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