Hearing Health Blog

Woman with hearing loss wondering if her hearing will come back on its own.

Your Body’s Capacity to Heal

The human body usually can heal scrapes, cuts, and broken bones, although some injuries take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Even though scientists are working on it, humans don’t heal the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means, if you injure these hairs or the hearing nerve, you may have irreversible loss of hearing.

When Is Hearing Loss Irreversible?

The first thing you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will I get it back? And the response is, it depends. Fundamentally, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Damage based loss of hearing: But there’s another, more common kind of hearing loss that makes up about 90 percent of hearing loss. Known clinically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is usually irreversible. This is how it works: there are little hairs in your ear that move when hit by moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you can 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 certain cases, specifically in cases of extreme hearing loss, a cochlear implant may help return hearing.
  • Loss of hearing caused by an obstruction: You can experience all the signs of hearing loss when there is something obstructing your ear canal. This obstruction can be caused by a wide variety of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. Your hearing normally returns to normal after the obstruction is cleared, and that’s the good news.

A hearing test will help you figure out whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss presently has no cure. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the right treatment can help you:

  • Cope successfully with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation away.
  • Make sure your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Stop mental decline.
  • Protect and preserve the hearing you have left.

Based on how extreme your hearing loss is, this treatment can take on many kinds. One of the most basic treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment for Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids help the ear with hearing loss to pick up sounds and perform to the best of their ability. When your hearing is hampered, the brain strains to hear, which can exhaust you. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been connected with a greater danger of mental decay. Your mental function can start to be recovered by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. In fact, it has been shown that using hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be drowned out by modern hearing aids enabling you to concentrate on what you want to hear.

Prevention is The Best Protection

Hopefully, if you get one thing from this information, it this: you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing, so instead you should concentrate on safeguarding the hearing you have. Sure, if you have something stuck in your ear canal, more than likely you can have it extracted. But lots of loud noises are dangerous even though you may not think they are very loud. That’s why it’s not a bad strategy to take the time to safeguard your ears. If you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have more treatment options if you take steps today to protect your hearing. Recovery likely won’t be a possibility but treatment can help you keep living a great, full life. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care expert to find out what your best option is.

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