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

The Recovery Capability of Your Body

The human body generally can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, although some wounds take longer than others. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. At least, so far. Animals are capable of healing 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 you could have permanent hearing loss if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Loss of Hearing Permanent?

The first question you think of when you find out you have loss of hearing is, will it come back? Whether it will or not depends on several things. Fundamentally, there are two types of hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss caused by an obstruction: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can experience all the signs 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 after the obstruction is cleared, and that’s the good news.
  • Loss of hearing caused by damage: But there’s another, more widespread type of hearing loss that makes up around 90 percent of hearing loss. This sort of hearing loss, which is often permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s what takes place: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears move. Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But loud noises can damage the hairs and, over time, permanently diminish your hearing. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be caused by damage to the nerve or to the inner ear. In some cases, specifically in instances of extreme loss of hearing, a cochlear implant might help improve hearing.

Whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing can only be determined by getting a hearing exam.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

So currently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But it might be possible to get treatment for your loss of hearing. The following are some ways that getting the correct treatment can help you:

  • Cope successfully with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be suffering from.
  • Make sure your overall quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation away.
  • Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
  • Stop mental decline.

Depending on how severe your hearing loss is, this treatment can take on many kinds. One of the most common treatment options is fairly simple: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?

Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to hear sounds and perform the best they can. Fatigue is the result when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist gain more knowledge, they have recognized a greater risk of cognitive decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. Your mental function can begin to be recovered by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. In fact, using hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Contemporary hearing aids will also allow you to pay attention to what you want to hear, and tune out background sounds.

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 concentrate on protecting the hearing you’ve got. Sure, if you have something stuck in your ear canal, more than likely you can have it extracted. But many loud noises are hazardous even though you might not think they are that loud. That’s why it’s not a bad strategy to take the time to protect your ears. If you are inevitably diagnosed with hearing loss, you will have more treatment options if you take steps today to protect your hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t an option. Schedule an appointment with a hearing care expert to find out what your best choice is.

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