Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

Link Between Stress and Hearing Loss

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A Hearing Loss Causes

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jeff Baller is the owner of Professional Hearing Services, Inc. He is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology through the American Board of Audiology. He received his Doctorate from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, his Masters degree from Lamar University in 1995, and Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1993.
Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

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Stressors are part of everyday life and are unavoidable. Linked to multiple health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even hearing loss, life problems will always be there. Communication is a problem many people start to have as they age, but age is not the only factor when handling lifestyle changes.

What is Stress?

Stress is a primitive way of ensuring the survival of the human species. It is what allows humans to jump into action and a moment’s notice or withstand great levels of trauma and pain. “Fight or Flight” is how humans know how to react to a dangerous and life-changing situation.

Harsh life problems have a purpose in human life, but it becomes unhealthy if the body never stops experiencing it. There will always be worries about work, the children, and societal problems that lead to chronic stressors. Chronic stressors lead to long-term health problems and wear on the body.

Long-term stressors are extremely bad for you. Acute stressors cause physiological changes that divert oxygen from the rest of your body to your muscles to allow for instant action. At the same time, your body is flooded with adrenaline for action and hormones that suppress your ability to operate digestion, suppress your immune system and alter your sleep and reproductive patterns.

When the body and brain are under consistent stressors, no signal is given to return the body to normal. The body remains in constant alertness, causing the development of significant problems. These problems can include heart disease, blocked arteries, strokes, diabetes and hearing loss.

How Chronic Stressors causes hearing Loss

Stressors restrict the circulation of blood, which connects to the development of diabetes, heart disease, and smoking. The restriction causes hearing problems to start to develop as well. The reason for this is because of the small hairs in the inner ear’s sensitivity.

Good circulation to these hairs helps collect information about what is going on around you and directs to the brain for interpretation. They translate human speech to make it understandable and help you understand what the noise is that you hear.

When inner ear hair damage occurs, you slowly lose your ability to understand these signals and interpret them. Hearing problems are the result when the hairs die. The loss of the hearing is called sensorineural hearing problems.

The hearing problems can lead to the development of additional problems, including pulsatile tinnitus. Described as rhythmic ear noise that adds beats, pumps, or pulses that operate in time with the human heartbeat, the cause of it includes high blood pressure caused by stressors.

Dealing with Stress & Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing problems are permanent for most people, but there are ways to live with hearing problems and preventing future loss. Reducing stressors is the first thing to do to help reduce loss. You can also:

  • Positive Social Support – find people to talk to about your problems. These can be friends, relatives, and therapists.
  • Exercise – exercise helps with the stressors and provides heart and mental health benefits from the body and mind releasing built-up stressors.
  • Laugh and Smile – Laughing and smiling helps to relieve tension and send happier signals to your brain.
  • Take breaks – Even a short break helps reduce the stressors and bring your body and mind a little peace.
  • Meditate –meditation relaxes the body and teaches it to breathe while reaching for a more positive mindset.

Professional Help

Hearing problems are something our team at Professional Hearing Services will address with you. We can check your hearing and provide you with tips for improving the hearing you have left and possible fittings for hearing aids if the loss is that far advanced.

The hearing evaluation and treatment are non-invasive, and they will help you customize any additional treatment plan and help you meet your lifestyle and hearing needs. They can help you with your communication skills and work with your future needs.

Professional Hearing Services

Problems with hearing are as common as people age. Age is not the only factor that determines the way hearing problems develop. Stressful lifestyles cause a lot of hearing problems. Stress reduction is a must for anyone facing health problems, eliminating whatever problems you can do wonders for your life and wellbeing. Contact us today to learn more about how hearing loss treatment can benefit you!