Hearing Loss

Can Stress Cause Hearing Loss?

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Stress is bad for us – right? You’re probably tempted to respond “yes,” but it’s not actually that simple. Stress is the body’s response to anything that requires adaption or action. Exercise and the fight or flight response are examples of stress that benefit us.

The type of stress that has negative impacts on us is the consistent and inescapable stress of daily worries. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), explain that it’s long term stress that has health implications.

This is because stress causes physiological changes to occur such as increased heart rate, breathing rate and stress hormone release, yet there is no physical action to signal switching them off again.

The result of these prolonged responses can impact your immune system, digestive system, sleep patterns and more. Over a long period of time this may lead to serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and possibly hearing loss.

Can Stress Cause Hearing Loss?

Anything that impacts blood flow to the ears could have an impact on your hearing ability. 

Blood brings much needed oxygen to the cells of the ear, in particular the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. These are responsible for converting sounds into electrical signals for the brain to interpret. Without enough oxygen those cells could die and then they cannot perform their function. This means less sound information is received and the result is sensorineural hearing loss.

Another hearing related condition that is caused by poor circulation is pulsatile tinnitus. High blood pressure if often a cause of this, which stress is known to contribute to.

How To Reduce Unnecessary Stress 

These tips from the American Psychological Association will help you to combat high stress levels. This has several health and wellbeing benefits, including protecting your hearing.

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