Reduced Hearing, Deafness, Diminished Hearing - Anxiety Symptoms
Reduced hearing, deafness, diminished hearing anxiety symptoms:
This symptom can be experienced in a number of ways and can vary from person to person. For example, this symptom is commonly described as:
- a plugged or “stopped up” ear
- diminished or severely reduced hearing
- the inability to hear certain sounds or frequencies
- muted hearing, as if hearing sounds under water
- significant hearing loss
- a “stuffed” or “blocked” ear
- extra pressure or fullness in the ear
- reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can also feel as if there is something blocking your ear canal when there isn’t anything blocking it.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can persistently affect one ear only, can affect both ears, can shift back and forth between ears, and can affect one or both over and over again.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you might experience plugged, hearing loss, or deafness once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
Many anxious people become concerned about this symptom because of its impact on a normal lifestyle and activities.
What causes anxiety reduced hearing, deafness in the ear?
The ear, an organ, is comprised of a complex system of nerves, muscles, bones, and pressure that is intricately organized to provide sound and balance information to the brain. Because of its complexity, diagnosing ear-related problems can be difficult. For example, there can be many causes of this symptom, such as exposure to loud sounds, age, injury to the ear, ear wax build up, an adverse reaction to medication, high blood pressure, sinus or ear infection, and a variety of other medical causes. Because of the many causes, it’s wise to discuss this symptom with your doctor.
Reduced hearing, deafness in the ear can also be caused by persistently elevated stress, including the elevated stress being overly anxious can cause. I (Jim Folk) experienced this symptom, too, and in a wide variety of ways when I was struggling with anxiety disorder. Sometimes one ear was affected and sometimes both were affected.
How to get rid of the reduced hearing, deafness in the ear anxiety symptom?
Because this symptom is a symptom of elevated stress, it needn't be a cause for concern. It will disappear when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As your body's stress returns to a normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the reduced hearing, deafness in the ear anxiety symptom. Therefore, this anxiety symptom needn't be a cause for concern.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the anxiety symptom reduced hearing, deafness in the ear.
For a more detailed explanation about all anxiety symptoms, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated February 24, 2018.