The Recovery Ability of Your Body
While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body normally has no problem mending cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far. Even though scientists are working on it, humans don’t heal the cilia in their ears like animals can. What that means is, if you injure 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 ask is will I get it back? And the response is, it depends. There are two fundamental kinds of hearing loss:
- Loss of hearing caused by an obstruction: You can experience all the symptoms of hearing loss when there is something obstructing your ear canal. This blockage can be caused by a wide range of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. Your hearing normally returns to normal once the obstruction is cleared, and that’s the good news.
- Damage based hearing loss: But there’s another, more common kind of hearing loss that accounts for about 90 percent of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, which is usually permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s what takes place: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears vibrate. These vibrations are then turned, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, over time, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant could help improve hearing in some cases of hearing loss, particularly extreme cases.
A hearing test can help you determine whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Sensorineural hearing loss presently has no cure. But it may be possible to get treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the correct treatment can help you:
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
- Make sure your all-around quality of life remains high or is unaffected.
- Protect and preserve the hearing you have left.
- Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
- Prevent cognitive decline.
Based on how serious your loss of hearing is, this treatment can take on many kinds. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.
How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids
People who have hearing loss can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and work as efficiently as they can. Fatigue is caused when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist gain more insights, they have identified an increased danger of mental decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. By allowing your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore cognitive performance. In fact, wearing hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be drowned out by modern-day hearing aids letting you 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, if you have something blocking your ear canal, more than likely you can have it cleared. But that doesn’t mitigate the threat from loud sounds, noises you might not even consider to be loud enough to be all that harmful. That’s why it’s not a bad strategy to take the time to safeguard your ears. The better you safeguard your hearing now, the more treatment options you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing. Recovery likely won’t be an option but treatment can help you continue living a great, full life. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to find out what your best option is.