Link Between Stress and Tinnitus
What is the link between stress and tinnitus? It’s unlikely that stress can actually cause tinnitus, but research has shown that there is a strong link between them. All sources of stress can sometimes be a trigger for tinnitus or make it worse.
Meanwhile, some people – though not all – find that tinnitus makes them feel stressed, tense, anxious, and depressed. These feelings are not always caused by tinnitus, but they can be made worse by it.
It’s known that worrying about tinnitus, and thereby focusing attention on it, can make it worse. When this happens, a vicious cycle develops: stress makes tinnitus worse, which, in turn, leads to greater stress and anxiety. However, if you find yourself in this cycle, don’t worry, there are many things you can do to break out of it and minimise the impact that tinnitus has on your life. A good place to start is to learn how to relax and control your responses to stress.
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