The human body is a wonderful, beautiful, confusing, confounding piece of work, isn’t it? Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are generally no problem for the human body to mend (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can actually heal 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 compromised. At least, so far.
It’s truly regrettable that your body can pull off such fantastic feats of healing but can’t ever re-grow these little hairs. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?
So, let’s get right to it. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re absorbing the news: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And he informs you that it might or it might not.
Dramatically speaking, it’s a bit anticlimactic.
But he isn’t wrong. There are two primary forms of hearing loss:
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But hearing loss has another more common form. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively permanent. Here’s what happens: inside of your ear, there are tiny hairs that vibrate when struck by sound waves. Your brain is good at turning these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is needed.
- Obstruction induced hearing loss: You can exhibit every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some kind of obstruction. This blockage can be caused by a wide variety of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright scary (tumors). Your hearing will return to normal, luckily, when the blockage is cleared away.
So the bottom line is this: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you probably won’t know which one you’re coping with without getting a hearing exam.
Treating Hearing Loss
So presently there’s no “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss (although scientists are working on it). But that doesn’t mean you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. As a matter of fact, getting the correct treatment for your hearing loss might help you:
- Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
- Remain active socially, keeping isolation at bay.
- Preserve a high quality of life.
- Reduce cognitive decline.
- Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
This treatment can take many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how significant your hearing loss is. Hearing aids are one of the simplest and most prevalent treatment choices.
Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Treated With Hearing AIds?
You can get back to the people and things you love with the help of hearing aids. They can help you hear the discussions, your phone, your tv, or even just the birds in the park. 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 harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be protected against them. Your general health and well being depend on good hearing. Having routine hearing exams is the best way to be sure that you are safeguarding your hearing.