The human body is an awesome, breathtaking, confusing, confounding construction, isn’t it? Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are normally no problem for the human body to repair (with a little time, your body can restore the giant bones in your arms and legs).
But you won’t be so lucky if the fragile hairs in your ears are compromised. For now anyway.
It doesn’t seem really fair when you can recover from significant bone injuries but you can’t heal tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Loss Permanent?
So let’s have a closer look. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re digesting the news: you have hearing loss. So the first question you have is whether the hearing will ever come back. And he tells you that it might or it might not.
It’s a little anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But it’s also a fact. Hearing loss comes in two basic forms:
- Damage induced hearing loss: But hearing loss has another more common form. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. Here’s what happens: there are little hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at turning these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud sounds can cause harm to the hairs and, over time, diminish your hearing to the point where you require treatment.
- Hearing loss caused by a blockage: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can show all the signs of hearing loss. This obstruction can be caused by a wide variety of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright frightening (tumors). Fortunately, once the blockage is cleared, your hearing often returns to normal.
So the bottom line is this: there’s one form of hearing loss you can recuperate from, and you might need to get tested to see which one you’re dealing with.
Hearing Loss Treatment
So at this time there’s no “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss (though scientists are working on that). But that doesn’t mean you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. Here are a few ways that the proper treatment may help you:
- Protect and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be going through.
- Stay engaged socially, keeping isolation away.
- Preserve a high quality of life.
- Prevent mental decline.
Of the many types of treatment available, which one is correct for you depends on the severity of your hearing loss. Hearing aids are one of the simplest and most common treatment options.
Why is Hearing Loss Effectively Managed With Hearing AIds?
Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you enjoy. They can help you hear the conversation, your phone, your television, or even just the birds in the park. Hearing aids can also remove some of the pressure from your brain because you will no longer 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 general health and well-being. Having regular hearing exams is the best way to be sure that you are safeguarding your hearing.