Hearing Health Blog

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

The Healing Capability of Your Body

While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body normally has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. So far, at least. Though scientists are working on it, humans can’t repair the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means you may have permanent hearing loss if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Hearing Loss Irreversible?

The first question you think of when you learn you have loss of hearing is, will it come back? And the answer is, it depends. There are two fundamental types of loss of hearing:

  • Damage based loss of hearing: But there’s another, more common type of hearing loss that makes up around 90 percent of hearing loss. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this kind of hearing loss is often irreversible. Here’s how it works: there are tiny hairs in your ear that move when hit with moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But loud noises can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. In certain cases, particularly in instances of extreme hearing loss, a cochlear implant may help improve hearing.
  • Loss of hearing caused by an obstruction: You can show all the signs of hearing loss when there is something blocking your ear canal. Debris, earwax, and tumors are some of the things that can cause an obstruction. What’s promising is that once the obstruction is cleared your hearing usually goes back to normal.

A hearing exam can help you figure out whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But it may be possible to get treatment for your loss of hearing. The following are some ways that getting the correct treatment can help you:

  • Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
  • Guarantee your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Prevent mental decline.
  • Successfully deal with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
  • Stay engaged socially, keeping isolation away.

This approach can have many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how severe your loss of hearing is. One of the most common treatment options is fairly simple: hearing aids.

How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids

Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to pick up sounds and perform the best they can. When your hearing is hindered, the brain struggles to hear, which can fatigue you. Over time the lack of sensory input has been connected with an increased danger of mental decay. By letting your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore cognitive function. In fact, it has been shown that wearing hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be tuned out by modern-day hearing aids enabling you to focus on what you want to hear.

Prevention is The Best Protection

If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you should safeguard the hearing you’ve got because you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, you can have any obstruction in your ear cleared. But lots of loud noises are dangerous even though you might not think they are very loud. 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 possibilities if you take measures now to protect your hearing. Recovery likely won’t be an option but treatment can help you keep living a great, full life. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to decide what your best choice is.

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