How to keep stress at bay and protect your hearing

Apr 12, 2022 in Hearing Care

How to keep stress at bay and protect your hearing

Stress can cause a wide range of health problems, including hearing issues, so, we’d like to show you the signs to look for and help you prevent stress-related hearing loss before it gets serious.

How stress affects your ears

Stress causes your body to produce extra adrenaline. Too much adrenaline can decrease blood circulation in your inner ear. This can lead to hearing loss. To prevent this, you need to reduce stress. Easier said than done.

This excellent NHS stress-buster guide contains some great tips on how to improve the stress in your life, including:

  • Getting active: even a gentle walk is enough. Feel those endorphins!
  • Connecting with people for support
  • Practising self-care
  • Avoiding unhealthy habits
  • How to prioritise work
  • Focussing on positives
  • Improving your sleep
  • … and more!

The page also contains links to more helpful information on mental wellbeing, depression, anxiety and breathing exercises for example.

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The link between stress and tinnitus

Tinnitus – a ringing, clicking, hissing or essentially any sound that doesn't have an external source that can be heard centrally in the head. – can be triggered or worsened by stress. Tinnitus is very common, affecting approximately one in ten UK adults and it can have multiple different causes including, hearing loss, noise exposure or related damage, wax build-up or stress.

It cannot be cured, but it can be successfully managed. Several hearing aids now include a range of effective tinnitus relief features, and many people find a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and sound enrichment therapy can help them manage their tinnitus. At Leightons our qualified Audiologists can provide you with a fully tailored tinnitus management plan, and help you find the most effective methods for dealing with your tinnitus. Click here to book a Tinnitus consultation.

You can read more about stress and tinnitus here (RNID).

Book an appointment

If you’re concerned about stress-induced hearing loss, are interested in getting hearing aids, or would like some advice on other hearing solutions, call us on 0800 40 20 20, book an appointment online or visit your nearest Leightons branch.