Your Body’s Capacity to Heal
While some wounds take longer to heal than others, the human body usually has no issue healing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones. But when it comes to repairing the tiny little hairs in your ear, you’re out of luck. So far, at least. Even though scientists are working on it, humans can’t heal the cilia in their ears like animals can. That means you could have irreversible loss of hearing if you injure the hearing nerve or those little hairs.
At What Point Does Hearing Loss Become Permanent?
When you learn you have loss of hearing, the first thing that most people ask is will I get it back? Whether it will or not depends on many things. Basically, there are two kinds of hearing loss:
- Hearing loss caused by an obstruction: You can exhibit all the symptoms 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. The good news is that after the obstruction is cleared your hearing usually goes back to normal.
- Hearing loss caused by damage: But there’s another, more common kind of hearing loss that makes up about 90 percent of hearing loss. This kind of hearing loss, which is usually permanent, is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Here’s what happens: there are tiny hairs in your ear that move when hit by moving air (sound waves). Your brain is good at turning these vibrations into the sounds you hear. But your hearing can, as time passes, be permanently damaged by loud noises. Sensorineural hearing loss can also be from injury to the nerve or to the inner ear. In certain cases, particularly in cases of severe hearing loss, a cochlear implant could help restore hearing.
Whether hearing aids will help improve your hearing can only be determined by having a hearing examination.
Treatment of Hearing Loss
So currently there’s no cure for sensorineural hearing loss. But that’s not to say you can’t find treatment for your hearing loss. The following are some ways that getting the appropriate treatment can help you:
- Stay involved socially, keeping isolation at bay.
- Ensure your overall quality of life remains high or is unaffected.
- Stop cognitive decline.
- Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
- Cope successfully with any of the symptoms of hearing loss you might be suffering from.
Based on how severe your loss of hearing is, this treatment can take on many forms. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.
How is Hearing Loss Treated by Hearing Aids
Hearing aids assist the ear with hearing loss to hear sounds and function the best they can. When your hearing is hampered, the brain strains to hear, which can exhaust you. As time passes the lack of sensory input has been linked to an increased chance of mental decline. By letting your ears to hear again, hearing aids help you restore mental performance. As a matter of fact, wearing hearing aids has been shown to slow cognitive decline by as much as 75%. Contemporary hearing aids will also allow you to concentrate on what you want to hear, and tune out background sounds.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Hopefully, if you get one thing from this knowledge, it this: you can’t depend on recovering from hearing loss, so instead you should focus on protecting the hearing you have. Certainly, if you have something blocking your ear canal, more than likely you can have it extracted. But that doesn’t decrease the danger from loud noises, noises you may not even think are loud enough to be all that harmful. That’s why taking the time to protect your ears is a smart idea. If you are eventually diagnosed with loss of hearing, you will have more treatment possibilities if you take steps now to protect your hearing. Recovery likely won’t be an option but treatment can help you keep living a great, full life. Contact a hearing care professional to find out what your best choice is.