How High Stress Can Lead To Hearing Loss

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Jim Fulham

Jim Fulham

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Jim Fulham, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing, has been an audiologist for the past 30 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Jim has been with Hidden Hearing since 2000 and took control of the Cavan Branch in 2013. This Branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

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Did you know that chronic stress can contribute to hearing loss? Stress is a factor in the lives of most people in our society, and it can cause many detrimental health complications. One of the most important ways in which stress can be harmful to health is the increase in adrenaline it causes, which restricts circulation. The tiny, sensory hairs in the inner ear rely on good circulation to keep them in good condition and maintain good hearing, and when these are damaged or die due to insufficient blood flow, hearing is compromised. Poor circulation is also known to cause pulsatile tinnitus, another form of hearing loss.

Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that developing hearing loss can be stressful in itself! However, we work hard to make it as easy as possible for you to find a hearing solution, and we are on hand to support you throughout the process, from your free hearing test to a better hearing experience.

So, what can you do to reduce stress?

 Reducing your stress levels will help to improve your general health and reduce the risk of developing hearing loss as a result of poor circulation. Here’s how to take control of the stress in your life:

1. Make a plan. If your life is stressful on a daily basis, take a moment to think about where you can make sustainable changes to reduce the pressure on you. If you have young children and do not sleep well, for example, consider solutions that increase the amount of rest you can take, and if you struggle with deadlines at work, create a step by step plan to address this. Don’t assume that stressful situations will resolve on their own, but take charge of your emotional wellbeing and protect your mental health as well as your hearing.

2. Exercise regularly. Exercising is not just a great way to take a break from the stresses in your life, it is also ideal to boost your endorphins and improve your general health. Regular exercise will help you to cope with stress more effectively, and will also help to protect your body and your hearing from the effects of stress in daily life.

3. Spend time socialising. It may feel difficult to make the time to go out and have fun with friends or family when you are under stress, but having a good time, and especially laughing, is great for your mental health. Socialising helps you to relax and can be a good way to put your stresses into perspective, so ensure that this is part of your regular care plan for yourself.

4. Learn to breathe. This may sound ridiculous but breathing to stay alive is not the same thing as breathing to thrive. Practising meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercises can transform the way that you handle stress in your life and protect your health and your hearing against the detrimental effects of being under great pressure.

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Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. You can talk to us about any hearing loss you are experiencing, and take a free hearing test to establish how we can help.

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Jim Fulham

About Jim Fulham

Mr Jim Fulham, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing, has been an audiologist for the past 30 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Jim has been with Hidden Hearing since 2000 and took control of the Cavan Branch in 2013. This Branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland. Find Out More About Jim

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