Tinnitus and Emotional Effects
Dealing with tinnitus can be an emotional cycle since anxiety and stress causes tension. What is worse is that this tension leads to even more anxiety which in turn, worsens tinnitus. Some people cannot deal with the ringing in the ear, which ultimately affects their sleep patterns.
This can also lead to sleeping disorders / insomnia which causes the body to suffer from fatigue. These are only some of the mental and negative effects of tinnitus and the emotional effects it can have on people.
It is hard to know what is more frustrating:
- Understanding what is wrong with your hearing
- Talking to ill-informed physicians who just say “get over it”
- Or discovering ways to live with tinnitus
Lots of people who have a hissing within the ears, like me, will know that it totally disrupts the basic essential capabilities of your life. You might have difficulty hearing others, recalling things, focusing and concentrating on specific tasks. This makes it extremely difficult to function well at home, socially or at work.
Other common emotions associated with Tinnitus
People with tinnitus often experience similar problems and additional health conditions. In the beginning you might experience denial, then disappointment and rage (particularly if you’re being informed there’s no help) after which you might feel frustrated and hopeless. Why did this happen to you? You have a reasonable healthy lifestyle. Why did this happen? Your life will never be the same again – or so you believe. Next comes anxiety.
You might fear that you’ll never have your ordinary life again, concern this ringing in the ears may cause chaos in your work as well as your home. You may worry that your abilities will disappear. You may even think you are going insane or that there’s something psychologically “wrong” with you. Sooner or later you will seek help or in some cases, give yourself permission to seek help. You need to find someone who will understand AND believe you.
Accepting the issue
With acceptance comes the realization that while you do have this condition and there is no cure for ringing in the ears, that doesn’t mean you have to be a victim for the rest of your life.
You’ll quickly discover that you’ve stopped concentrating on the hearing issues constantly. You start to see some sort of hope which ultimately will help your body start the recovery process. Additionally you should begin to see that tinnitus and it’s emotional effect impacts on you and your family as well. When your hearing issues become less consuming, both you and your family will benefit.