The human body has some fantastic and surprising abilities. The human body usually has no difficulty healing cuts, scratches, or broken bones (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can actually heal the giant bones in your arms and legs with little more than a splint and some time).
But you won’t be so fortunate if the fragile hairs in your ears are compromised. For now at least.
It doesn’t seem exactly fair when you can heal from significant bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. What’s happening there?
When is Hearing Impairment Irreversible?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re sitting in your doctor’s office and you’re absorbing the news: you’re losing your hearing. So the first question you have is whether the hearing will ever return. And he informs you that it may or may not.
It’s a bit anticlimactic, speaking dramatically.
But it’s also a fact. There are two primary forms of hearing loss:
- Hearing loss due to damage: But hearing loss has another more prevalent form. This form of hearing loss, called sensorineural hearing loss, is irreversible. Here’s what happens: inside of your ear, there are tiny hairs that vibrate when moved by 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.
- Obstruction induced hearing loss: You can exhibit every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some type of blockage. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. Your hearing will return to normal, thankfully, when the blockage is removed.
So the bottom line is this: you can recover from one type of hearing loss and you most likely won’t know which one you have without getting a hearing test.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. In fact, getting the proper treatment for your hearing loss may help you:
- Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
- Stay active socially, keeping isolation at bay.
- Make sure your total quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
- Prevent mental decline.
- Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
Of the many types of treatment available, which one is correct for you depends on the severity of your hearing loss. One of the most prevalent treatments is rather simple: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment For Hearing Impairment?
You can get back to the people and things you love with the help of hearing aids. With the help of hearing aids, you can begin to hear conversations, your tv, your phone, and sounds of nature once again. You won’t be straining to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.
The Best Protection is Prevention
Whether you have hearing loss now or not, you should protect 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 routine hearing exams is the best way to be certain that you are protecting your hearing.