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

The Recovery Capability of Your Body

While some injuries take longer to heal than others, the human body normally has no problem mending cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But when it comes to fixing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. So far, at least. Animals are capable of healing damage to the cilia in their ears and recover their hearing, but humans don’t possess that ability (though scientists are working on it). That means you may have permanent loss of hearing if you damage the hearing nerve or those little hairs.

When Is Loss of Hearing Permanent?

The first question you think of when you find out you have hearing loss is, will I get it back? Whether it will or not depends on several things. There are two fundamental kinds of loss of hearing:

  • Damage based loss of hearing: But there’s another, more widespread kind of hearing loss that makes up around 90 percent of hearing loss. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is usually irreversible. Here’s how it works: When hit by moving air (sound waves), tiny little hairs in your ears move. Your brain is good at changing these vibrations into the sounds you can hear. But your hearing can, as time passes, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Damage to the inner ear or nerve can also cause sensorineural hearing loss. In some cases, specifically in cases of extreme loss of hearing, a cochlear implant might help improve hearing.
  • Obstruction based hearing loss: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can experience all the symptoms of hearing loss. This obstruction can be caused by a wide variety of things, from debris to earwax to tumors. The good news is that after the obstruction is cleared your hearing often goes back to normal.

A hearing test can help you determine whether hearing aids will help restore your hearing.

Treatment of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss currently has no cure. But that’s not to say you can’t get treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the right treatment can help you:

  • Stop mental decline.
  • Stay involved socially, keeping isolation at bay.
  • Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
  • Ensure your general quality of life remains high or is unaffected.
  • Successfully deal with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you may be suffering from.

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

Why Are Hearing Aids an effective Treatment for Hearing Loss?

People who have loss of hearing can use hearing aids to perceive sounds and perform as effectively as possible. Fatigue is the result when the brain struggles to hear because hearing is hindered. As scientist acquire more knowledge, they have recognized a greater risk of cognitive decline with a persistent lack of cognitive input. Your cognitive function can begin to be recovered by using hearing aids because they let your ears hear again. In fact, it has been shown that using hearing aids can slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Background noise can also be tuned out by contemporary hearing aids enabling you to 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 should safeguard the hearing you’ve got because you can’t count on recovering from loss of hearing. Certainly, if you get something blocking your ear canal, you can probably have it extracted. But many loud noises are dangerous even though you may not think they are that loud. That’s why it’s not a bad strategy to take the time to safeguard your ears. The better you safeguard your hearing today, the more treatment options you’ll have when and if you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing. Treatment can help you live a great, full life even if recovery isn’t a possibility. Make an appointment with a hearing care expert to decide what your best choice is.

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