Woman with hearing loss wondering if her hearing will come back on its own.

The Healing Capability of Your Body

While some injuries take longer to heal than others, the human body usually has no problem healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But you’re out of luck when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ears. So far, at least. Even though scientists are working on it, humans can’t repair the cilia in their ears in the same way animals can. That means, if you injure these hairs or the hearing nerve, you may have irreversible hearing loss.

When Is Loss of Hearing Irreversible?

The first question you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will it come back? And the answer is, it depends. Basically, there are two kinds of hearing loss:

  • Damage based hearing loss: But about 90 percent of hearing loss is accounted for by another, more prevalent cause. Known technically as sensorineural hearing loss, this type of hearing loss is often permanent. This is how it works: there are little hairs in your ear that vibrate when hit by moving air (sound waves). These vibrations are then changed, by your brain, into signals that you hear as sound. But your hearing can, over time, be permanently harmed by loud noises. Injury to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. A cochlear implant could help improve hearing in some cases of hearing loss, especially severe cases.
  • Loss of hearing caused by a blockage: You can show all the signs of hearing loss when there is something obstructing your ear canal. Debris, earwax, and tumors are just a few of the things that can cause a blockage. Your hearing usually returns to normal after the blockage is cleared, and that’s the good news.

Whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing can only be determined by getting a hearing exam.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But that’s doesn’t mean you can’t find treatment for your loss of hearing. The following are some ways that getting the appropriate treatment can help you:

  • Keep isolation away by staying socially engaged.
  • Cope successfully with the symptoms of hearing loss you might be suffering from.
  • Stop cognitive decline.
  • Make sure your all-around quality of life is unaffected or remains high.
  • Preserve and protect the hearing you still have.

Based on how severe your hearing loss is, this procedure can take on many forms. One of the simplest treatments is also one of the most common: hearing aids.

Why Are Hearing Aids a Good Treatment for Hearing Loss?

People with loss of hearing can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and perform as efficiently as possible. Fatigue is caused when the brain strains to hear because hearing is hampered. As scientist gain more knowledge, they have identified a greater risk of cognitive decline with a continued lack of cognitive input. By allowing your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental function. In fact, using hearing aids has been demonstrated to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background sound can also be tuned out by modern hearing aids letting you concentrate on what you want to hear.

Prevention is The Best Defense

If you take away one thing from this little lesson, hopefully, it’s this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should focus on safeguarding the hearing you’ve got. Sure, if you have something stuck in your ear canal, more than likely you can have it removed. But many loud noises are harmful even though you might not think they are very loud. That’s why making the effort to protect your ears is a good plan. The better you safeguard 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. To find out what your best option is, make an appointment with a hearing care specialist.

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