The human body is an awesome, beautiful, perplexing, confounding construction, isn’t it? Scratches, cuts, and broken bones are normally no problem for the human body to heal (I mean, sure, it takes some time, but your body can actually repair the giant bones in your legs and arms with little more than a splint and some time).
But when it comes to mending the delicate little hairs in your ear, it’s not going to happen. For now anyway.
It’s really regrettable that your body can accomplish such great feats of healing but can’t regenerate these tiny hairs. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Loss Permanent?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re waiting in your doctor’s office and you’re absorbing the news: you’re losing your hearing. 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 basic types of hearing loss:
- Hearing impairment caused by an obstruction: You can show every sign of hearing loss when your ear has some type of obstruction. This blockage can be caused by a wide range of things, from the gross (ear wax) to the downright scary (tumors). Your hearing will go back to normal, luckily, when the blockage is cleared away.
- Damage induced hearing loss: But hearing loss has another more common type. This kind of hearing loss, known as sensorineural hearing loss, is permanent. Here’s what happens: there are delicate hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit with moving air (sound waves). When vibrations are transformed into signals, they are sent to the brain which makes them into the sounds you perceive. But over time, loud noises can cause these hairs to be damaged to the point where treatment is necessary.
So the bottom line is this: there’s one form of hearing loss you can recover from, and you might need to get examined to see which one you have.
Treating Hearing Loss
So presently there’s no “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss (although scientists are working on it). But that’s not to say you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. Here are a few ways that the correct treatment might help you:
- Prevent isolation by staying socially involved.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.
- Help fend off mental decline.
- Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be going through.
- Ensure your overall quality of life is untouched or stays high.
Of the many forms of treatment available, which one is correct for you depends on the seriousness of your hearing loss. One of the most common treatments is rather simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Effectively Treated With Hearing AIds?
You can return to the people and things you enjoy with the assistance 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 will no longer be straining to hear so pressure will be taken off your brain.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Loud noises and other things that would damage your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be protected against them. Your general health and well being depend on good hearing. Routine hearing care, like annual hearing exams, is just another type of self-care.