Your Body’s Capacity to Recover
The human body usually can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, even though some injuries take longer than others. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. So far, at least. Animals are capable of healing damage to the cilia in their ears and get their hearing back, but humans don’t possess that ability (although scientists are working on it). What that means is, if you ruin these hairs or the hearing nerve, you may have irreversible loss of hearing.
When Is Loss of Hearing Irreversible?
The first thing you think of when you learn you have hearing loss is, will it come back? And the response is, it depends. Basically, there are two kinds of hearing loss:
- Damage based hearing loss: But nearly 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more prevalent cause. This kind of hearing loss, which is often irreversible, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. This is how it works: there are little hairs in your ear that move when hit with moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud sounds can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Injury to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. In some cases, especially in cases of extreme hearing loss, a cochlear implant might help restore hearing.
- Hearing loss caused by a blockage: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can have all the symptoms of hearing loss. Debris, earwax, and tumors are just a few of the things that can cause an obstruction. What’s promising is that after the obstruction is cleared your hearing usually goes back to normal.
Whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing can only be determined by having a hearing examination.
Treatment of Hearing Loss
So presently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But it may be possible to get treatment for your loss of hearing. In fact, getting the correct treatment for your loss of hearing can help you:
- Guarantee your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
- Protect and preserve the hearing you have left.
- Stop cognitive decline.
- Successfully deal with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be suffering from.
Based on how serious your loss of hearing is, this treatment can take on many kinds. One of the simplest treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.
How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids
Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to hear sounds and function to the best of their ability. When your hearing is hampered, the brain struggles to hear, which can fatigue you. As scientist gain more insights, they have recognized a greater risk of mental decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. By permitting your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental function. In fact, wearing hearing aids has been shown to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Modern hearing aids can also help you focus on what you want to hear, and tune out background noises.
Prevention is The Best Protection
If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you should protect the hearing you’ve got because you can’t count on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, you can have any blockages in your ear cleared. But that doesn’t decrease the danger from loud sounds, noises you might not even consider to be loud enough to be all that dangerous. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to take the time to safeguard your ears. If you are inevitably diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have more treatment options if you take steps today to safeguard your hearing. Recovery likely won’t be an option but treatment can help you continue living a great, full life. To determine what your best option is, make an appointment with a hearing care specialist.