The human body has some amazing and surprising abilities. Scrapes, cuts, and broken bones are generally no problem for the human body to heal (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can literally heal the giant bones in your legs and arms with little more than a splint and some time).
But you won’t be so fortunate if the delicate hairs in your ears are damaged. At least, so far.
It’s really unfortunate that your body can accomplish such fantastic feats of healing but can’t regenerate these little hairs. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re taking in the news: you’re losing your hearing. So the first question you ask is whether the hearing will ever come back. And the answer is… maybe.
It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But it’s also a fact. Hearing loss comes in two primary forms:
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more prevalent form of hearing loss. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is effectively permanent. This is how it works: there are fragile hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud noises can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, diminish your hearing to the point where you require treatment.
- Blockage induced hearing loss: You can show every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some kind of blockage. A wide range of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. Fortunately, once the blockage is cleared, your hearing often goes back to normal.
So the bottom line is this: there’s one form of hearing loss you can recover from, and you may need to get tested to see which one you have.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Scientists haven’t found a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still may be treatable. Here are some ways that the proper treatment may help you:
- Reduce mental decline.
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be enduring.
- Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Preserve a high quality of life.
- Remain active socially, keeping isolation away.
This treatment can take numerous forms, and it’ll normally depend on how severe your hearing loss is. One of the most prevalent treatments is fairly 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 assistance of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can start to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once more. Hearing aids can also remove some of the pressure from your brain because you will no longer be struggling to hear.
The Best Protection is Prevention
Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you need to safeguard your hearing from loud noises and other things that can damage your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Your overall health and well being depend on good hearing. Routine hearing care, like annual hearing tests, is just another type of self-care.