Ringing Ears and Anxiety

Ringing Ears and Anxiety

One day, you begin to hear a sound that doesn’t seem quite right. It gradually increases in intensity until you can no longer deny what you hear: an odd ringing noise with a questionable origin. Where is this noise coming from. Why did it come on so suddenly? And, most importantly, what’s causing it? The answer may be simpler than what you think. Read on to find out more about this mysterious condition, and a common contributor to this unwanted symphony of scary sounds.

Anyone who hearing ringing noises in their ears should begin by visiting a doctor. Ringing ears can be caused by a variety of health conditions, but often, it’s merely a psychological phenomenon. After you’ve been cleared by your doctor of any underlying physical conditions, you can focus on what may actually be the root of your condition-anxiety. Anxiety is has long been known to trigger the “fight or flight” response in humans, a response that was one a lifesaver for our long-ago ancestors when feeling from a dangerous predator, in modern humans, it can go into overdrive and cause numerous problems. This “fight or flight” response can cause a whole host of strange and unusual reactions in the body, and ringing ears have been noted to be one of these. A quick way to tell whether your problem is caused by anxiety is simply to get to know yourself. Try recording the instances in a journal, and note how you’re feeling emotionally at the time. If the ringing in your ears tends to occur around the times you are feeling particularly anxious, there may be a connection.

Obviously, the only way to rectify this problem is to attack the anxiety. However, it can take a very long time to conquer this problem, so in the short-term, try massaging your ears to increase blood flow to them and to relax. Also, try breathing deeply. You can begin doing this by taking a deep breath from your diaphragm and holding it for five seconds, then slowly releasing. Try to picture an image or place in your mind that is relaxing and comforting. Feel free to do this as often as you need until you learn to calm yourself down and lessen the intensity of anxiety attacks.

A more long-term solution can involve cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy will help you address distorted thinking patterns that often exacerbate anxiety symptoms. Also, make sure to monitor your nutrition and maintain a balanced diet on a daily basis. In particular, make sure to eliminate as much caffeine as possible from your diet. Caffeine is a stimulant and is detrimental to your anti-anxiety goals.  In addition to good nutrition, try to get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a day. This can include activities such as running, walking and swimming. Also, although it’s not typically considered a cardiovascular activity, yoga is a practice that has been shown to be very beneficial for anxiety sufferers. Studies show that the poses and deep breathing practiced in yoga can lead to an increased production of a chemical called GABA in the brain, the same chemical that is targeted by prescription anti-anxiety medication.

By employing the above techniques, you’ll soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the sound of silence.

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