The human body has some amazing and remarkable abilities. Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are normally no problem for the human body to heal (with a bit of time, your body can heal the giant bones in your arms and legs).
But you won’t be so fortunate if the tiny hairs in your ears are damaged. For now at least.
It doesn’t seem exactly fair when you can recover from considerable bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?
So let’s have a closer look. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re digesting the news: you’re losing your hearing. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever return. And the answer is… maybe.
It’s a bit anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But it’s also the truth. There are two primary kinds of hearing loss:
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more common form of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, called sensorineural hearing loss, is permanent. Here’s what happens: In your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when moved by sound waves. When vibrations are converted into signals, they are sent to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is necessary.
- Hearing impairment caused by an obstruction: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can show all the indications of hearing loss. This blockage can be caused by a number of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright frightening (tumors). The good news is that once the blockage is cleared, your hearing often 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 your hearing loss still might be manageable. In fact, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss might help you:
- Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.
- Avoid isolation by staying socially involved.
- Ensure your general quality of life is unaffected or stays high.
- Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Reduce mental decline.
This treatment can take various forms, and it’ll normally depend on how significant your hearing loss is. One of the most prevalent treatments is rather simple: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment For Hearing Loss?
You can get back to the things and people you love with the help of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can begin to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once more. You will no longer be struggling to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you need to protect your hearing from loud sounds and other things that can damage your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Your overall health and well being depend on strong hearing. Routine hearing care, like annual hearing exams, is just another form of self-care.