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The human body has some fantastic and remarkable abilities. Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are generally no problem for the human body to heal (with a little time, your body can heal the giant bones in your legs and arms).

But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far.

It’s truly regrettable that your body can accomplish such great feats of healing but can’t ever re-grow these tiny hairs. So what’s the deal?

When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?

So, let’s get right down to it. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re digesting the news: you have hearing impairment. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And he informs you that it may or may not.

Dramatically speaking, it’s a little anticlimactic.

But it’s also a fact. There are two primary kinds of hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more common type of hearing loss. This form of hearing loss, called sensorineural hearing loss, is permanent. Here’s what happens: there are delicate hairs in your ear that vibrate when struck by moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But over time, loud sounds can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is required.
  • Hearing loss caused by a blockage: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the signs of hearing loss. A wide range 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 returns to normal.

So the bottom line is this: there’s one type of hearing loss you can recuperate from, and you might need to get examined to see which one you have.

Hearing Loss Treatment

So presently there’s no “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss (though scientists are working on that). But that’s not to say you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. Here are a few ways that the proper treatment may help you:

  • Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
  • Maintain a high quality of life.
  • Maintain and protect the hearing you have left.
  • Help stave off cognitive decline.
  • Remain active socially, keeping isolation at bay.

This treatment can take various forms, and it’ll usually depend on how severe your hearing loss is. One of the most prevalent treatments is rather simple: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Practical Treatment For Hearing Loss?

You can get back to the people and things you love with the assistance of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can start to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once more. 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

Loud sounds and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be safeguarded against them. Hearing well is critical to your overall health and well-being. Routine hearing care, such as annual hearing tests, is just another kind of self-care.

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