The Recovery Capability of Your Body
While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body normally has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But you’re out of luck when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Animals are capable of healing damage to the cilia in their ears and recover their hearing, but humans don’t have that ability (although scientists are working on it). That means, if you damage these hairs or the hearing nerve, you could have irreversible hearing loss.
At What Point Does Loss of Hearing Become Irreversible?
When you learn you have hearing loss, the first thing that most people think is will I get it back? Whether it will or not depends on several things. There are two basic types of loss of hearing:
- Loss of hearing caused by damage: But nearly 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more common cause. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is usually permanent. Here’s what occurs: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears vibrate. Your brain is good at turning 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. A cochlear implant can help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, particularly extreme cases.
- Hearing loss caused by an obstruction: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the symptoms of hearing loss. This blockage can be caused by a wide range of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. Your hearing generally returns to normal once the obstruction is cleared, and that’s the good news.
Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be determined by having a hearing examination.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Sensorineural hearing loss presently has no cure. But it may be possible to get treatment for your loss of hearing. The following are some ways that getting the right treatment can help you:
- Make sure your overall quality of life remains high or is unaffected.
- Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
- Stop cognitive decline.
- Cope successfully with the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
This approach can take many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how severe your loss of hearing is. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment for Hearing Loss?
People who have loss of hearing can use hearing aids to detect sounds and perform as efficiently as possible. Fatigue is caused when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hampered. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been connected with an increased chance of mental decline. Your mental function can begin to be restored by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. In fact, wearing hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be drowned out by modern hearing aids allowing you to focus on what you want to hear.
Prevention is The Best Protection
If you take away one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from loss of hearing, so instead you should focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Certainly, if you get something stuck in your ear canal, you can probably have it cleared. But that doesn’t mitigate the threat from loud noises, noises you might not even think are loud enough to be all that dangerous. That’s why it’s a good strategy to take the time to safeguard your ears. If you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing, you will have more treatment options if you take measures today to safeguard your hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. Contact a hearing care expert to decide what your best choice is.