The Healing Capability of Your Body
While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body generally has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But you’re out of luck when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ears. At least, so far. Even though scientists are working on it, humans don’t repair the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means you might have irreversible hearing loss if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.
When Is Hearing Loss Irreversible?
The first question you think of when you find out you have loss of hearing is, will I get it back? Whether it will or not depends on several things. Fundamentally, there are two types of hearing loss:
- Blockage based loss of hearing: When there’s something blocking your ear canal, you can have all the symptoms of hearing loss. This obstruction can be caused by a wide range of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. What’s promising is that after the obstruction is cleared your hearing often goes back to normal.
- Damage based hearing loss: But about 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more prevalent cause. This type of hearing loss, which is often irreversible, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s what occurs: there are little hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with 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. Injury to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant may help restore hearing in some cases of hearing loss, especially severe cases.
Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be determined by having a hearing examination.
Treatment of Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss presently has no cure. But it may be possible to get treatment for your hearing loss. actually, getting the right treatment for your hearing loss can help you:
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be experiencing.
- Keep isolation at bay by staying socially engaged.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
- Prevent cognitive decline.
- Guarantee your all-around quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
This treatment can take many forms, and it’ll usually depend on how severe your hearing loss is. One of the most common treatment options is fairly simple: hearing aids.
How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids
People who have loss of hearing can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and work as effectively as possible. Fatigue is the result when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hindered. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been connected with an increased chance of mental decay. Your mental function can begin to be recovered by using hearing aids because they allow your ears hear again. In fact, wearing hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Modern day hearing aids will also allow you to concentrate on what you want to hear, and drown out background noises.
The Best Defense Is Prevention
Hopefully, if you take one thing away from this knowledge, it this: you should protect the hearing you have because you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss. Certainly, you can have any obstruction in your ear cleared. But many loud noises are dangerous even though you might not think they are that loud. That’s the reason why making the effort to safeguard your ears is a good idea. The better you protect your hearing now, the more treatment possibilities you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with hearing loss. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t a possibility. Contact a hearing care professional to decide what your best choice is.