Is My Hearing Loss Permanent?

Woman with hearing loss wondering if her hearing will come back on its own.

The Healing Ability of Your Body

The human body usually can heal scrapes, cuts, and broken bones, although some injuries take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Animals are able to heal damage to the cilia in their ears and get their hearing back, but humans don’t possess that ability (even though scientists are working on it). That means, if you damage these hairs or the hearing nerve, you may have permanent hearing loss.

When Is Hearing Loss Irreversible?

When you learn you have loss of hearing, the first thing that most people think is will I get it back? And the answer is, it depends. Fundamentally, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Damage based loss of hearing: But nearly 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more common cause. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is often permanent. Here’s what takes place: 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 loud sounds can damage the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be from damage to the nerve or to the inner ear. In some cases, specifically in cases of severe loss of hearing, a cochlear implant could help return hearing.
  • Hearing loss caused by an obstruction: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can show all the signs of hearing loss. Debris, earwax, and tumors are some of the things that can cause an obstruction. Your hearing normally returns to normal once the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.

Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be figured out by getting a hearing exam.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

So presently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s not to say you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the correct treatment can help you:

  • Keep isolation at bay by staying socially engaged.
  • Ensure your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Successfully deal with the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
  • Stop mental decline.
  • Protect and preserve the hearing you still have.

This treatment can have many forms, and it’ll normally depend on how extreme your loss of hearing is. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.

How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids

People who have hearing loss can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and perform as effectively as they can. When your hearing is hampered, the brain struggles to hear, which can fatigue you. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been associated with an increased chance of mental decay. Your mental function can start to be recovered by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. as a matter of fact, it has been demonstrated that wearing hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be tuned out by modern-day hearing aids allowing you to concentrate on what you want to hear.

Prevention is The Best Protection

If you get one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Certainly, you can have any obstruction in your ear removed. But that doesn’t decrease the danger from loud sounds, noises you might not even think are loud enough to really be all that dangerous. That’s why it’s a good strategy to take the time to protect your ears. If you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have more treatment options if you take steps now to protect your hearing. Recovery won’t likely be a possibility but treatment can help you continue living a great, full life. To determine what your best option is, make an appointment with a hearing care professional.

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