Your Body’s Ability to Heal
The human body generally can heal scratches, cuts, and broken bones, even though some injuries take longer than others. But you’re out of luck when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ears. So far, at least. Animals are able to heal damage to the cilia in their ears and recover their hearing, but humans don’t possess that ability (though scientists are working on it). That means you may have permanent hearing loss if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.
At What Point Does Loss of Hearing Become 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. There are two basic kinds of hearing loss:
- Damage based hearing loss: But there’s another, more widespread type of hearing loss that accounts for about 90 percent of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, which is usually irreversible, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s what happens: there are little hairs in your ear that move when hit by moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But loud noises can cause damage to 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 severe loss of hearing, a cochlear implant might help restore hearing.
- Loss of hearing caused by a blockage: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the signs of hearing loss. This blockage can be caused by a wide range of things, from earwax to debris to tumors. The good news is that once the blockage is cleared your hearing usually goes back to normal.
Whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing can only be determined by getting a hearing test.
Treatment of Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. In fact, getting the correct treatment for your hearing loss can help you:
- Stay involved socially, keeping isolation away.
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.
- Guarantee your general quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
- Stop cognitive decline.
Based on how serious your hearing loss is, this procedure can take on many kinds. One of the most basic treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.
How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids
People with hearing loss can use hearing aids to detect sounds and work as efficiently as they can. Fatigue is the result when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist acquire more insights, they have recognized an increased risk of cognitive decline with a continued lack of cognitive input. By permitting your ears to hear again, hearing aids assist the restoration of cognitive performance. As a matter of fact, wearing hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be tuned out by modern-day hearing aids allowing you to concentrate on what you want to hear.
The Best Protection Is Prevention
Hopefully, if you take one thing away from this information, it this: you should safeguard the hearing you have because you can’t count on recovering from loss of hearing. Sure, if you have something stuck in your ear canal, you can probably have it extracted. But that doesn’t mitigate the threat from loud noises, noises you may not even consider to be loud enough to really be all that dangerous. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to take the time to protect your ears. The better you safeguard your hearing today, the more treatment possibilities you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss. Recovery likely won’t be an option but treatment can help you continue living a great, full life. To find out what your best choice is, make an appointment with a hearing care specialist.