The human body is a wonderful, breathtaking, confusing, confounding piece of work, isn’t it? The human body usually has no problem healing cuts, scratches, or broken bones (I mean, sure, it takes a while, but your body can literally mend the huge bones in your legs and arms with little more than a splint and some time).
But you won’t be so lucky if the fragile hairs in your ears are damaged. At least, so far.
It doesn’t seem quite fair when you can recover from considerable bone injuries but you can’t heal tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Loss Permanent?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re digesting the news: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And he tells you that it might or it might not.
Dramatically speaking, it’s a little anticlimactic.
But he’s not wrong. There are two basic forms of hearing loss:
- Hearing loss caused by a blockage: You can exhibit every sign of hearing loss when your ear has some type of blockage. This blockage can be caused by a number of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright scary (tumors). The good news is that once the blockage is removed, your hearing often goes back to normal.
- Hearing loss due to damage: But hearing loss has another more common type. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively permanent. This is how it works: inside of your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when moved by sound waves. When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are sent to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But loud sounds can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.
So here’s the main point: there’s one form of hearing loss you can recuperate from, and you might need to get tested to see which one you have.
Treating Hearing Loss
So presently there’s no “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss (though scientists are working on it). But your hearing loss still may be manageable. In fact, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss may help you:
- Preserve and safeguard the hearing you still have.
- Stay active socially, keeping isolation away.
- Ensure your overall quality of life is untouched or remains high.
- Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.
- Help ward off cognitive decline.
Of the many types of treatment available, which one is correct for you depends on the severity of your hearing loss. One of the most prevalent treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Effectively Treated With Hearing AIds?
Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you enjoy. They can help you hear the discussions, the phone, your television, or even just the sounds of nature. You will no longer be struggling to hear so pressure will be removed from your brain.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Loud sounds and other things that would damage your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be protected against them. Your general health and well being depend on strong hearing. Having routine hearing exams is the best way to be certain that you are protecting your hearing.