The human body is a wonderful, beautiful, perplexing, confounding piece of work, isn’t it? Scrapes, cuts, and broken bones are typically no problem for the human body to mend (I mean, sure, it takes a while, but your body can literally repair the huge bones in your legs and arms with little more than a splint and some time).
But you won’t be so fortunate if the fragile hairs in your ears are compromised. For now at least.
It doesn’t seem really 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 Impairment Irreversible?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re at your doctor’s office trying to digest the news he’s giving you: you have hearing loss. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever return. And he informs you that it may or may not.
It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But it’s also a fact. There are two general types of hearing loss:
- Obstruction induced hearing loss: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can show all the indications of hearing loss. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this blockage. Fortunately, once the obstruction is cleared, your hearing often goes back to normal.
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more prevalent type of hearing loss. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. This is how it works: In 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 noises can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is needed.
So the bottom line is this: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you most likely won’t know which one you have without getting a hearing test.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Scientists haven’t found a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. Here are a few ways that the correct treatment might help you:
- Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Ensure your total quality of life is unaffected or stays high.
- Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you might already have.
- Avoid isolation by remaining socially active.
- Help ward off cognitive decline.
This treatment can take various forms, and it’ll usually depend on how severe your hearing loss is. One of the most common treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Effectively Treated With Hearing AIds?
You can get back to the people and things you love with the help of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can begin to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once again. You will no longer be straining to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you should protect your hearing from loud noises and other things that can harm your hearing (like ototoxic drugs). Hearing well is essential to your general health and well-being. Having routine hearing exams is the best way to be sure that you are safeguarding your hearing.