Is My Hearing Loss Permanent?
The Healing Capability of Your Body
The human body generally can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, even though some wounds take longer than others. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far. Though scientists are working on it, humans can’t heal the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means, if you damage these hairs or the hearing nerve, you could have permanent hearing loss.
At What Point Does Loss of Hearing Become Irreversible?
When you learn you have loss of hearing, the first thing that most people think is will I get it back? And the response is, it depends. There are two fundamental types of loss of hearing:
- Damage based hearing loss: But about 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more common cause. Known clinically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is usually permanent. Here’s what occurs: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears vibrate. These vibrations are then turned, by your brain, into impulses that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, as time passes, be permanently harmed by loud noises. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by damage to the nerve or to the inner ear. A cochlear implant can help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, especially extreme cases.
- Hearing loss caused by a blockage: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can have all the signs of hearing loss. Debris, earwax, and tumors are some of the things that can cause an obstruction. Your hearing usually returns to normal after the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.
A hearing examination can 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 not to say you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. actually, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss can help you:
- Make sure your general quality of life remains high or is unaffected.
- Stop mental decline.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
- Keep isolation at bay by staying socially engaged.
- Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be suffering from.
Based on how serious your hearing loss is, this treatment can have many kinds. One of the most common treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment for Hearing Loss?
Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to hear sounds and perform the best they can. When your hearing is hindered, the brain struggles to hear, which can fatigue you. As scientist acquire more knowledge, they have recognized an increased danger of mental decline with a continued lack of cognitive input. By letting your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental performance. In fact, it has been shown that using hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be drowned out by modern hearing aids allowing you to concentrate on what you want to hear.
The Best Protection Is Prevention
If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Sure, if you get something blocking your ear canal, more than likely you can have it cleared. But that doesn’t mitigate the danger from loud noises, noises you might not even think are loud enough to be all that harmful. That’s the reason why making the effort to protect your ears is a good idea. The better you protect your hearing today, the more treatment options you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. To determine what your best choice is, make an appointment with a hearing care specialist.