Stress often causes sudden hearing loss
Everyone knows stress. Regardless of whether through too much work, household or social life - more and more people feel increasingly affected. Constant tension and constant pressure not only strain the psyche, but also the body and express themselves differently from person to person. One suffers from migraines, the other hits the stomach and the third hears nothing more. When hearing loss occurs, the body literally shouts "Stop!" At that point, those affected had long since exceeded their exposure limit. In order to avoid permanent hearing disorders or a tinnitus that often results from this, it is best to go to the ENT doctor immediately.
"The faster ENT doctors treat a sudden hearing loss, the better the chances for patients to fully recover their hearing," explains Dr. Uso Walter, ENT doctor from Duisburg and Chairman of the HNOnet NRW. Doctors do not yet know exactly how stress triggers sudden hearing losses. An increased adrenaline output presumably causes constrictions in the smallest blood vessels and thus an oxygen deficiency in the sensitive sensory hairs in the inner ear. Otorhinolaryngologists therefore usually administer cortisone or other medications that promote blood circulation. “The most important measure is to restore the blood circulation sufficiently. Hair cells in the inner ear, which convert sounds into electrical nerve impulses, get enough oxygen again with the help of appropriate medication, ”explains Dr. Walter. If the hearing ability of the patient does not improve with conventional measures, ENT doctors also rely on alternative treatment options such as acupuncture and vitamins.
If those affected hear better after therapy, it is important not to fall back into old behavior patterns. Otherwise, the next sudden hearing loss may follow soon. Otolaryngologists recommend stress-stricken people to permanently change their lifestyle. Preventively, they incorporate more recovery and relaxation phases into their everyday life and reduce unnecessary pressure and other stressful factors. In addition, they avoid loud music if possible, because this means stress at least for the hearing. Those who exercise a lot and sleep enough, on the other hand, help prevent sudden hearing loss. (pm)