The Surprising Factor That Can Cause Hearing Loss (It’s Not Noise!)

stress and hearing lossHow are your stress levels? Are you at the point of pulling out your hair, or would you say you have it under control? It’s important to properly control your stress levels as it can take a very negative toll on your overall health. More specifically, it has been discovered that stress can contribute to hearing loss.

We all have some level of stress in our lives, but prolonged, chronic stress is the dangerous type. Stress has been found to suppress the immune system, impair digestion, interrupt sleep, and even impact our reproductive system. Chronic stress can also lead to hypertension, diabetes, and other illnesses.


Stress limits blood circulation and in order to hear or perform any bodily function, you need an adequate supply of blood circulation. When the tiny sensory hairs in the ears don’t receive adequate blood circulation — which can also be impacted by hypertension, diabetes, and smoking — then they can’t work properly and contribute to poor hearing. This causes the sensory hairs to become damaged or die, which ultimately leads to permanent hearing loss.

Poor circulation can also lead to tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, and this can occur due to high blood pressure resulting from stress.

The takeaway here is to better manage your stress, which can easily be done through natural methods including exercising, meditation, yoga, laughing at a joke or funny video, or talking to your friend or family for support. Whatever you do to combat stress, make sure that it’s a positive habit rather than a destructive one like smoking or drinking.



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