The Recovery Ability of Your Body
The human body typically can heal scrapes, cuts, and broken bones, even though some injuries take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Though scientists are working on it, humans can’t heal the cilia in their ears in the same way animals can. That means, if you damage these hairs or the hearing nerve, you could have permanent hearing loss.
When Is Loss of Hearing Permanent?
The first question you think of when you learn you have loss of hearing is, will I get it back? And the response is, it depends. There are two fundamental types of loss of hearing:
- Loss of hearing caused by damage: But there’s another, more widespread kind of hearing loss that makes up about 90 percent of hearing loss. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this kind of hearing loss is usually permanent. Here’s how it works: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears vibrate. 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, permanently diminish your hearing. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by injury to the nerve or to the inner ear. A cochlear implant can help improve hearing in some cases of hearing loss, specifically extreme cases.
- Loss of hearing caused by an obstruction: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can experience all the symptoms of hearing loss. This blockage can be caused by a wide variety of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. Your hearing usually returns to normal once the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.
Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be figured out by having a hearing exam.
Hearing Loss Treatment
So presently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t find treatment for your loss of hearing. As a matter of fact, getting the right treatment for your loss of hearing can help you:
- Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
- Stop mental decline.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
- Ensure your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Stay engaged socially, keeping isolation away.
Based on how extreme your loss of hearing is, this treatment can take on many kinds. One of the most common treatment options is pretty simple: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?
People with hearing loss can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and work as effectively as they can. Fatigue is caused when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hindered. Over time the lack of sensory input has been associated with an increased danger of cognitive decay. Your cognitive function can start to be recovered by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. As a matter of fact, wearing hearing aids has been shown to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Contemporary hearing aids can also help you pay attention to what you want to hear, and tune out background sounds.
Prevention is The Best Defense
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, you can have any blockages in your ear cleared. But many loud noises are dangerous even though you might not think they are that loud. That’s why it’s a good idea to take the time to safeguard your ears. If you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing, you will have more treatment possibilities if you take measures now to safeguard your hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t a possibility. To find out what your best choice is, schedule an appointment with a hearing care specialist.