The human body has some amazing and remarkable abilities. The human body usually has no issue repairing cuts, scratches, or broken bones (with a bit of time, your body can heal the giant bones in your legs and arms).
But you won’t be so fortunate if the fragile hairs in your ears are damaged. At least, so far.
It doesn’t seem quite fair when you can recover from considerable bone injuries but you can’t heal tiny hairs in your ear. What’s happening there?
When is Hearing Loss Permanent?
So let’s take a closer look. You’re at your doctor’s office attempting to digest the news he’s giving you: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever return. And the answer is… it depends.
It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But it’s also a fact. Hearing loss comes in two general forms:
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But hearing loss has another more prevalent form. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. This is how it works: there are delicate hairs in your ear that vibrate when struck by moving air (sound waves). When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are sent to the brain which makes them into the sounds you perceive. But loud sounds can cause harm to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.
- Blockage induced hearing loss: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can show all the symptoms of hearing loss. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. The good news is that once the blockage is removed, your hearing usually goes back to normal.
So here’s the main point: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you probably won’t know which one you have without having a hearing exam.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Scientists haven’t found a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But that’s not to say you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. In fact, getting the correct treatment for your hearing loss may help you:
- Maintain and protect the hearing you have left.
- Help stave off cognitive decline.
- Ensure your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.
- Avoid isolation by staying socially active.
This treatment can take many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how severe your hearing loss is. Hearing aids are one of the simplest and most common treatment choices.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Practical Treatment For Hearing Impairment?
You can return to the people and things you love with the assistance of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can start to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once again. Hearing aids can also remove some of the pressure from your brain because you won’t be struggling to hear.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Loud noises and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be safeguarded against them. Hearing well is essential to your general health and well-being. Regular hearing care, such as annual hearing exams, is just another form of self-care.