The human body has some amazing and remarkable abilities. Scrapes, cuts, and broken bones are normally no problem for the human body to mend (I mean, sure, it takes a while, but your body can actually repair the huge bones in your arms and legs with little more than a splint and some time).
But you won’t be so lucky if the delicate hairs in your ears are compromised. For now at least.
It doesn’t seem quite fair when you can heal from significant bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. What’s happening there?
When is Hearing Loss Permanent?
So, let’s get right to it. You’re sitting in your doctor’s office and you’re absorbing the news: you’re losing your hearing. So the first question you have is whether the hearing will ever come back. And the answer is… maybe.
It’s a bit anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But he isn’t wrong. Hearing loss comes in two basic forms:
- Damage induced hearing loss: But there’s another, more prevalent type of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, called sensorineural hearing loss, is irreversible. Here’s what happens: there are fragile hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud sounds can cause damage to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you require treatment.
- Hearing impairment caused by a blockage: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the symptoms of hearing loss. A wide range of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. Fortunately, once the blockage is removed, your hearing usually returns to normal.
So here’s the main point: there’s one type of hearing loss you can recover from, and you may need to get tested to see which one you have.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Scientists haven’t found a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still might be treatable. Here are a few ways that the proper treatment might help you:
- Maintain a high quality of life.
- Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.
- Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Help fend off mental decline.
- Avoid isolation by remaining socially involved.
Of the many forms of treatment available, which one is right for you depends on the extent of your hearing loss. One of the most prevalent treatments is rather simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Managed With Hearing AIds?
You can get back to the things and people you enjoy with the help of hearing aids. They can help you hear the discussions, your phone, your television, or even just the birds in the park. Hearing aids can also take some of the pressure off of your brain because you won’t be straining to hear.
The Best Protection is Prevention
Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you should safeguard your hearing from loud noises and other things that can harm your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Hearing well is essential to your overall health and well-being. Regular hearing care, like annual hearing tests, is just another form of self-care.