Your Body’s Capacity to Recover
The human body generally can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, although some wounds take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ears. So far, at least. Animals are capable of healing damage to the cilia in their ears and recover their hearing, but humans don’t possess that ability (though scientists are working on it). That means you could have permanent hearing loss if you damage the hearing nerve or those little hairs.
When Is Hearing Loss Permanent?
The first thing you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will I get it back? And the response is, it depends. Fundamentally, there are two kinds of hearing loss:
- Damage based hearing loss: But there’s another, more prevalent type of hearing loss that makes up about 90 percent of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, which is usually permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. This is how it works: there are little hairs in your ear that move when hit by moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But your hearing can, over time, be permanently harmed by loud noises. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. In some cases, specifically in cases of extreme hearing loss, a cochlear implant may help return hearing.
- Hearing loss caused by an obstruction: You can show all the symptoms of hearing loss when there is something blocking your ear canal. This obstruction can be caused by a wide range of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. What’s promising is that after the obstruction is cleared your hearing often goes back to normal.
Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be figured out by having a hearing examination.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the appropriate treatment can help you:
- Guarantee your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Prevent cognitive decline.
- Keep isolation at bay by staying socially engaged.
- Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
- Protect and preserve the hearing you have left.
This approach can have many forms, and it’ll usually depend on how extreme your hearing loss is. One of the most basic treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?
Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to pick up sounds and function to the best of their ability. When your hearing is hampered, the brain struggles to hear, which can exhaust you. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been linked to an increased chance of cognitive decay. Your mental function can start to be recovered by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. In fact, it has been demonstrated that using hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be tuned out by modern-day hearing aids letting you focus on what you want to hear.
The Best Defense Is Prevention
Hopefully, if you take one thing away from this information, it this: you should safeguard the hearing you have because you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, you can have any obstruction in your ear cleared. But that doesn’t mitigate the danger from loud sounds, noises you may not even consider to be loud enough to really be all that harmful. That’s the reason why making the effort to safeguard your ears is a good plan. If you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing, you will have more treatment options if you take steps today to protect your hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to find out what your best option is.