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Coronavirus Anxiety Can Trigger Tinnitus Spikes

Coronavirus Anxiety Can Trigger Tinnitus Spikes
There are millions of Americans living with tinnitus. For many of these people, their tinnitus is a small, underlying annoyance that only pops up occasionally, while only a small percentage struggle with debilitating tinnitus symptoms. However, during the novel coronavirus pandemic, more people are experiencing tinnitus.

As our doctors of audiology often explain, tinnitus can be triggered by lifestyle issues, such as heightened stress and anxiety. With rising concerns about contracting COVID-19, associated economic challenges, and continued social isolation, it is no wonder that individuals are experiencing higher levels of anxiety-induced tinnitus.

Why Coronavirus Anxiety Can Cause Tinnitus Flare-Up

Anxiety is a clear sign of stress, and stress triggers an increase in the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Both of these things are known to cause tinnitus symptoms to worsen. However, unlike other stress-reducing techniques, coronavirus anxiety can be difficult to manage because:

  • There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to this disease.
  • This pandemic has severely disrupted routines, jobs, and the economy.
  • COVID-19 can be spread by both visibly ill carriers and asymptomatic individuals.

With these concerns, it is no surprise that more people are experiencing coronavirus anxiety that triggers their tinnitus. But, you don’t have to let the anxiety and tinnitus disrupt your life.

Ways To Manage Tinnitus Triggered By COVID-19 Anxiety

It’s one thing to know why your tinnitus is being aggravated by anxiety related to the novel coronavirus, but what do you do from there? Well, here are some ways that you can try and manage your tinnitus:

  • Reach out to support groups – Whether you have a specific support group for tinnitus, or a more general one, reaching out to a support group can help reduce anxiety and address other issues you may be struggling with right now. To remain socially distant, many support groups have moved to virtual meetings via video conference.
  • Schedule a tinnitus evaluation – Having your tinnitus evaluated professionally can be a significant step toward managing and treating your tinnitus. Our doctors of audiology create personalized progressive tinnitus management plans, which allow them to tailor your tinnitus treatment to your needs and lifestyle.
  • Incorporate regular exercise – Regular exercise is critical in reducing stress levels and can help in balancing out your hormone levels. It can also help mentally by focusing on a healthy activity.
  • Unplug from technology – With the 24/7 news cycle, it is easy to see headline after headline that adds to your stress. Instead of ingesting a barrage of information, take time to unplug from technology and do something completely different, such as taking a walk, reading, crafting, contacting friends, etc.
  • Use sound generators – Many individuals with tinnitus experience greater symptoms at night. To help manage that and get a good night’s sleep, you can use a sound generator, whether that is a ceiling fan or a dedicated machine that creates soothing sounds.
  • Follow COVID-19 best practices – By following the outlined COVID-19 best practices—i.e., maintain social distance of at least six feet, wash hands, wear a mask when inside buildings with others, etc.—you can know that you are doing your best to protect yourself and your family members.

If you would like help in managing your tinnitus, you can contact us to begin working with our doctors of audiology, and start moving toward a tinnitus-free future.

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