The human body is an awesome, beautiful, perplexing, confounding construction, isn’t it? The human body typically has no problem healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones (with a bit of time, your body can heal the giant bones in your arms and legs).
But when it comes to restoring the fragile little hairs in your ear, it’s not going to happen. For now anyway.
It doesn’t seem exactly fair when you can heal from significant bone injuries but you have problems repairing tiny hairs in your ear. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Impairment Permanent?
So let’s have a closer look. You’re at your doctor’s office trying to digest the news he’s giving you: you have hearing impairment. So the first question you ask 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 he isn’t wrong. Hearing loss comes in two primary forms:
- Damage induced hearing loss: But there’s another, more common form of hearing loss. Known scientifically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is effectively permanent. Here’s what happens: inside of your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when moved by sound waves. When vibrations are converted into signals, they are transmitted to the brain which renders them into the sounds you perceive. But loud sounds can cause harm to the hairs and, over time, diminish your hearing to the point where you need treatment.
- Blockage induced hearing loss: You can exhibit every indicator of hearing loss when your ear has some sort of obstruction. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. The good news is that once the blockage is removed, your hearing usually goes back to normal.
So here’s the main point: there’s one type of hearing loss you can recuperate from, and you might need to get tested to see which one you have.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still might be manageable. Here are a few ways that the proper treatment may help you:
- Ensure your general quality of life is untouched or remains high.
- Successfully cope with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be going through.
- Safeguard and maintain your remaining hearing.
- Remain active socially, keeping isolation at bay.
- Help ward off cognitive decline.
Of the many types of treatment available, which one is right for you depends on the extent of your hearing loss. One of the most prevalent treatments is fairly simple: hearing aids.
Why is Hearing Loss Successfully Managed With Hearing AIds?
Hearing aids can help you return to the people and things you enjoy. They can help you hear the conversation, your phone, your tv, or even just the birds in the park. You will no longer be straining to hear so pressure will be removed from your brain.
The Best Protection is Prevention
Loud sounds and other things that would damage your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be safeguarded against them. Your general health and well being depend on good hearing. Regular hearing care, like annual hearing exams, is just another form of self-care.