| | Labyrinthitis and Anxiety?
For about six years I have been suffering from unexplained anxiety. Prior to this I went practically deaf for a week or so and then my hearing slowly came back(I also drove myself into a series of traumatic panic attacks because I thought I was going deaf and my family was on vacation and paid no mind to my issue at the time, I was sixteen and just didn't understand what was happening). Symptoms included with the anxiety are a lack of balance, depression and derealization, ringing in my ears occasionally, nausea, headaches and some slight blurred vision. Those symptoms still come and go, from time to time, but the anxiety or panic attacks remain, and they come with a heavy dose of derealization, and now this is all kind of shaped my life. I spend my days trying to just progress but I'm 22 and still don't have the courage to tackle college because I can't handle my home life and part time job(that I somehow manage to keep). All that ranting and crying aside, it wasn't until last night that I even heard of Labyrinthitis(So I have never been diagnosed by a doctor with it). I came on this board with hope that somebody on here knows of a situation similar to mine. I never had anxiety like this, or any of these issues prior to that vacation. Could it have been Labyrinthitis years ago? If so, could this intense anxiety I have been living with be linked to it? Is there treatment? I will likely still go to my doctor but, it's Kaiser Permanente, even if I want to see an ENT I probably won't get to see one for a month or two. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and thank you to anyone with information they could provide me with on hearing issues and anxiety.