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Do You Get Ear Pressure
During Anxiety Attacks?

Experiencing ear pressure during an anxiety attack is extremely scary, especially if it feels like you're losing your hearing.

Your mind isn't playing tricks on you.  In fact, that annoying pressure build up is just one of the ways your body reacts to  anxiety or extremely stressful situations.  


Ear pressure is a common symptom of anxiety.
Ear pressure is a common symptom of anxiety.

Ear Pressure Anxiety Symptoms

Have you ever felt like this during a panic attack?

  • Pressure buildup or fullness in one or both ears
  • A plugged or “stopped up” feeling in the ear(s)
  • Reduced hearing
  • Unable to hear certain sounds or frequencies
  • Feels like you're hearing sounds as if under water
  • Significant hearing loss
  • A “stuffed” or “blocked” ear(s)

These feelings can affect one or both ears simultaneously, and the frequency of symptoms varies from person to person.

Wow, this is really scary stuff...

But hold on.

The important thing to remember here is that these symptoms are only temporary. It's just one of the ways your body manifests anxiety. The symptoms will go away...

So take a deep breath...

Now take another.

You'll be fine.

Ear Pressure During Anxiety Attacks:
You May Also Notice The Following


Trouble With Focusing on Certain Sounds

During an anxiety attack it may feel like your brain is spinning out of control. I know, because I've felt like that many times.  That said, it may be difficult for your brain to properly process sounds during panic attacks.

Supercharged Hearing

During anxiety attacks, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones designed to heighten your sense of hearing.  After all, anxiety and stress trigger your body's flight or fight response. So it shouldn't be a surprise that you hear every little bump and creak.  Sometimes this creates even more anxiety.

These symptoms may also be associated with or made worse by ear wax, a bad reaction to medication, high blood pressure, ear infection and numerous other medical conditions.  That’s why it’s vital to discuss your anxiety symptoms with your doctor or therapist. 

Ear Pressure During Anxiety Attacks:
Self-Help Tips

Ok, you've had these scary feelings during your last panic attack...

So now what?

The next time you're assaulted by a panic attack, use your arsenal of anxiety fighting weapons. Here are a few self help tips you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Start your day with a short 10-20 minute meditation session.  This ancient technique is ideal for calming and centering your mind.  The more you meditate the calmer you'll be overall.

Anxiety can be directly linked to our sense of smell. That's why scents like lavender, rose, and frankincense has been used for centuries to ease anxiety.

This article provides even more self-help tips.


I hope this article helps you on your journey to better mental health!

Brighter skies are ahead,




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